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Last Updated: Jul 11, 2011 URL: Print Guide RSS Updates

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What is Adaptive Technology?

Assistive technology or adaptive technology (AT) is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative devices for people with disabilities and also includes the process used in selecting, locating, and using them.

AT promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to or changed methods of interacting with the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.


Concordia Library Services for Persons with Disabilities

Concordia Library offers the following services for individuals who require assistance:

General Services

Retrieval of Material

  • Library staff will assist with retrieval of books and other materials
  • Library staff will take requests for available items by phone: 780-479-9338, fax: 780-471-6796, or email for pickup the following weekday

Loan Periods

  • Longer loan periods may be available. Contact Circulation Services at 479-9338 for assistance
  • Renewals can be made by phone or email or online using My Account

Information Services

Photocopying Library Materials

  • Requests should be submitted at a Circulation Desk or by phone, fax, or e-mail, and include complete author, title, volume, page and call number information
  • There will be a charge of 20 cents per page for photocopying
  • Material will be held at the Circulation Desk for pick-up


The following equipment and software is available in the Adaptive Technology Room (L266) located on the main floor of the library:

Equipment includes:

  • A scanner
  • A printer
  • 3 computers with 26" wide screen monitors
  • Headsets with a microphone
  • A document projector to enlarge printed text
  • A height-adjustable desk

Software includes:

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking 9.1
  • ZoomText 9.13
  • Read & Write 8.1 Gold
  • Inspiration 8
  • Office 2007
  • WordPerfect Office X4

Computer stations are booked at the Circulation Desk. For software or hardware assistance, please contact Karen Hildebrandt by phone at 780-479-9336 or email at


Other Concordia Services for Persons with Disabilities

Click on the following links for more information about services for persons with disabilities:

Learning Accommodation for Students with Disabilities


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