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Disability Services

Assistance for Library Users

Library staff will make every effort to accommodate reasonable requests from library users with disabilities. If your disability is not visible, please identify yourself as having a disability when you seek assistance. Library staff will assist users requiring help in getting materials, including paging materials in the stacks. Users needing such assistance are invited to inquire at any Reference or Circulation Desk. Staff will also assist with photocopying.

Assistive Technology Center

The Assistive Technology Center, located in Rm. 101A on the first floor of Fondren Library and adjacent to the Reference Desk, provides state-of-the-art equipment and software to accomodate the use of voice-activated and text-to-speech output software as well as advanced grammar and spell-checking software.


  • Kurzweil Omni 3000
  • JAWS for Windows
  • ZoomText Xtra
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking software
    (requires 2 hours of orientation and voice sampling)
  • textHELP Read & Write Gold
  • Ginger Premium
  • Eclipse Reader (RFB&D)


  • Clearview Magnifier with 19" screen
  • Three PCs with Windows XP/Vista/or Windows 7 OS with the standard public load which includes Office 2007, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Internet Explorer and FireFox browsers.
  • Three HP ScanJet 7650 scanners with sheet feeders.

Service Priorities

First Priority:
Southern Methodist students, faculty, and staff who need the technology to complete their learning, teaching, and work.

Second Priority:
Southern Methodist students, faculty, and staff who need to use the equipment because it supports their needs. For example, students who need to use a publicly accessible scanner.

Library staff reserve the right to ask an ATC user to surrender a computer or resource to another user with a higher priority.

Computing Policy

The Assistive Technology Center is covered by the FLC Reference Room Computing Policy.

Center Hours

Same as Fondren Library

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