About the Knox Center

January 18, 2021: Due to COVID-19 protocols, the Knox Center will remain closed until further notice. Staff is still available for consultations; please contact Sites.Knox@umich.edu.

For updates, please visit https://its.umich.edu/computing/accessible-computing/atcs.

The Knox Center is a quiet, accessible computer lab on the second floor of the Shapiro Undergraduate Library. Access is restricted to students registered with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD). However, any student may request an assistive technology consultation appointment by emailing Sites.Knox@umich.edu. Faculty and staff who have accommodation needs should contact mhealthyergo@med.umich.edu.

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 reclined chair is available, and the other chairs are fully adjustable. One workstation has a video magnifier.

The Knox CenterRoom 2064A within the Knox Center has two computers with voice recognition software: one Windows machine 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 providing 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.


Thirty personal lockers are provided at the Knox Center. The following are rules for their use:

  • Please send an email to Sites.Knox@umich.edu to request a locker assignment.
  • Please provide your own standard lock. 
  • Any library books kept in or near lockers must be checked out or they will be returned to the library.
  • In April and August, a message will be put on the lockers informing students of a date by which the lockers must either be emptied or claimed for the following two semesters (spring/summer or fall/winter).
    • Any locks remaining after that date will be removed.
    • Any food will be discarded.
    • Any library books will be returned.
    • If you have requested a locker assignment, any other materials found will be held until early in the following semester. Otherwise, they will be immediately discarded.
  • Please keep your locker 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.


For qualified and registered students, SSD may be able to purchase assistive technology using a variety of funds, including the following: .

For more information, please contact SSD at 734-763-3000.