The Knox Center meets the needs of U-M community members, primarily students, who have questions about modifications or alternatives to standard monitors, keyboards or mice, or who are seeking high-tech tools to help with reading and writing.
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.
Room 2064A within the Knox Center has three computers with voice recognition software: two Windows machines running Dragon NaturallySpeaking and one Mac running Dragon for Mac. 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.
The Knox Center is designated as quiet space. We appreciate everyone's help in maintaining this.
Information and Technology Services (ITS) supports the Knox Center as part of Campus Computing Sites.
Eighteen personal lockers are provided at the Knox Center. The following are rules for their use:
- Students will need to send an email to Sites.Knox@umich.edu to request a locker assignment. If a lock appears on a locker that has not been approved, it will be removed.
- Only one locker per person.
- Any library books kept in lockers must be checked out or they will be returned to circulation.
- In early April, near the end of the academic year, a message will be put on the lockers informing students of a date by which the lockers must either be claimed for spring/summer or emptied. Any locks remaining after that date will be removed.
- Students are expected to keep their lockers clean.
Contact & Staffing
Staff members Jane Vincent and Brandon Werner 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. Contact the Knox Center at Sites.Knox@umich.edu.
The Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) office has multiple funding resources to purchase assistive technology for students with disabilities:
- The FACT Fund for students with specific learning disabilities
- The Miller Fund for students with sensory or mobility impairments
- The Nabi Fund for students with learning disabilities
- The Wolens Family Fund for students who stutter
For more information, please contact SSD at 763-3000.