About the Knox Center

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.

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 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.


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.


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

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