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The James Edward Knox Center Adaptive Technology Computing Site (Knox Center) is a quiet and accessible computing site for students registered with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) as well as a source of computer accommodation information for the campus.

The Knox Center meets the computing and information technology needs of people with temporary or permanent disabilities. Specialized hardware and software is provided at multiple Windows and Macintosh computers, all of which have 21" or larger high-resolution monitors. All workstations also have adjustable-height work surfaces to accommodate wheelchairs or people who wish to stand. One reclining chair is available, and the other chairs are fully adjustable. One workstation has a video magnifier. There is a set of lockers to temporarily store your belongings if you wish; please bring your own lock.

Room 2064A within the Knox Center has two computers with speech recognition software: one Windows machine running Dragon NaturallySpeaking and one Mac running Dragon Dictate. Priority for use of this room will be given first to Knox Center staff who are doing evaluations and second to individuals using the Dragon programs.

Several people have asked that the Knox Center be designated as quiet space. We appreciate everyone's help in maintaining this.

The Knox Center moved to its current location in September 2014. Information and Technology Services (ITS) supports the Knox Center as part of Campus Computing Sites.

Location and Hours

The ATCS is located in Room 2064, Shapiro Undergraduate Library on Central Campus. It is open during Shapiro Library hours.

Via the stairs:

  1. Take the stairs to the second floor, and proceed through the doors.
  2. Follow the wall around to the right.
  3. Pass the elevators, and follow the wall around another right turn. You will now be in a long hallway.
  4. When the hall switches from tile to carpet, it becomes more open. You may wish to use the left wall for reference.
  5. You will pass 2 openings on the left, and then a long stretch of brick wall.
  6. The card reader for the Knox Center is mounted on this wall just before the small alcove that contains the Knox Center door.

From the elevators:

  1. Take the elevator to the second floor, and turn right upon exiting.
  2. Follow the right wall around a right turn. You will now be in a long hallway.
  3. When the hall switches from tile to carpet, it becomes more open. You may wish to use the left wall for reference.
  4. You will pass 2 openings on the left, and then a long stretch of brick wall.
  5. The card reader for the Knox Center is mounted on this wall just before the small alcove which contains the Knox Center door.

If you are registered with SSD, your Mcard will get you into the Knox Center. Simply hold your card with the stripe facing the card reader until the light changes or you hear the door click. Then press the button to the left of the reader to open the door.

Contact and Staffing

Jane Vincent, Knox Center Director

Erin Lauridsen, Knox Center Associate Director

Sites.Knox@umich.edu

Jane and Erin are at the Knox Center periodically throughout the week, or by appointment. Any member of the U-M community may request an appointment for an evaluation or to see a demonstration of assistive technology.

Funding

The Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office has multiple funding resources to purchase assistive technology for students with disabilities:

For more information, please contact SSD at 763-3000.

Parking

Accessible parking is available on either side of the Shapiro Library building, in two lots off of South University Avenue. There are 4 spots in lot C10 to the East of the building and 5 spots in lot C5 to the West of the building between the Shapiro and Clements Libraries.

The signs for the spots in lot C5 are different from those in C10 and may have different rules as to what is required in order to park there (see the images of the signs below the map). See the U-M Parking and Transportation Services web page on Services for People with Disabilities as to the requirements for use of these spots.

map of parking near the Shapiro Library
C5 Lot sign with picture of red diamond U-M Handicapped decal and text reading Permit & Decal Required. C10 Lot Sign with pictures of U-M and State of Michigan placards and U-M Decal and text reading Permits Required During Enforcement Hours Van Accessible