Adaptive Computing

Lab Information

Dr. Blaise W. Liffick,
Director Technology in Service to People

Location: Roddy 140
Phone: 871-2236


The purpose of this facility is to provide research, development, training, and support in the general area of human-computer interaction, and the specific area of adaptive (assistive) technologies for those with disabilities. The goal of this lab is to bridge the gap between computer science and disability services (including areas such as speech-language pathology, occupational therapy, and rehabilitation engineering) by helping to make AT easier to understand and use through research and development, as well as by providing training to end users, AT developers, parents, teachers, and computing professionals. These facilities provide support to university students, staff, and faculty, as well as the community at large.


  • Six PCs running Windows XP
  • An iMac running OS X
  • A laptop/tablet PC running Windows XP
  • An augmentative/alternative communication (AAC) device (Prentke-Romich Pathfinder)
  • Alternate keyboards (IntelliKeys, Discover, LittleFingers)
  • Alternate selection devices (joystick, trackball, touch pad)
  • Single switch input systems (Discover, Prentke-Romich)
  • An infra-red head tracking system (Madentech)
  • Scanner with OCR software


  • Screen reading software (Jaws, E-Reader, Kurzweil 1000)
  • Augmentative/alternative communication software (Dynamically Speaking)
  • Word prediction software (Word+, KeyRep)
  • Speech recognition software (Via Voice, Naturally Speaking)
  • On-screen keyboard software (Wivik2)