Assistive Technology Evaluations

Spring/Summer 2022: The Knox Center will be closed for architectural improvements and cleaning. This message will be updated when it reopens. Please send any questions to Sites.Knox@umich.edu.

Assistive technology evaluations are an opportunity for members of the University of Michigan community to explore high-tech accommodation options for a temporary or permanent disability. Center staff members have extensive experience recommending accessibility solutions for people with all types or combinations of disabilities. There is no charge. To make an appointment, please contact Knox Center staff at Sites.Knox@umich.edu.

Students

Current and prospective students are eligible to receive unlimited consultation from the Knox Center. Proof of disability (such as registration with the Office of Services for Students with Disabilities [SSD]) is not required to make an evaluation appointment. Appointments are usually scheduled between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. on weekdays; exceptions may be made in unusual situations. Appointments are usually conducted via Zoom. 

To get the most from your appointment, we suggest you have the following:

  • Your glasses, wrist braces, or any other devices you commonly use when computing.
  • Your personal portable device (laptop, tablet, etc.) if you have accessibility questions about its use.
  • If you have questions about your personal desktop computer, it is often helpful if you could provide some technical information—usually, its current amount of RAM, hard disk capacity, processor speed and monitor size. Please ask if you need assistance determining this information.
  • Examples of any course-related materials that you are having difficulty using.

Faculty & Staff

Current faculty/staff members who need assistive technology evaluations should contact MHealthy Ergonomics (734-763-0852; mhealthyergo@med.umich.edu).

U-M Affiliates

Knox Center staff members are able to provide limited support to alumni, retirees, and emeriti.

Members of the Public

The downtown branch of the Ann Arbor District Library (AADL) offers one-on-one basic assistance with assistive technology devices and applications, by appointment. For more information, or to set up an appointment, call 734-327-4224, or email wlbpd@aadl.org.

The Ann Arbor Center for Independent Living, 734-971-0277, and  Michigan Rehabilitation Services, 877-901-9195, may also be able to provide assistance.