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Assistive Technologist Jeff Buhse, speaking with a student in the new Assistive Technology Lab

Assistive Technologist Jeff Buhse, speaking with a student in the new Assistive Technology Lab

Creating opportunities for students with disabilities

Assistive technology lab officially opened its doors Feb. 4

It’s a project that’s been brewing in one form or another for 10 years. Seeing the Assistive Technology Lab open its doors this month was a huge moment for the University of Manitoba’s accessibility community.

“I’m really excited about the lab for what it means to students,” says Student Accessibility Services Coordinator, Carolyn Christie.

Christie has been working behind the scenes to help open the Assistive Technology Lab and create a space for students who require speech to text or text to speech programs. Her smile is impossible not to notice. She’s excited at the opportunities the new lab creates for students.

“For students who don’t receive funding – because these programs are really expensive – they can come here and use them for free to do their course work and to advance in their programs,” says Christie. “That’s amazing,”

Christie’s excitement about the new lab, located on the third floor of University Centre, was mirrored by the brightness of the space itself. A full wall of windows allows natural light to stream into the room. The arrangement of the equipment, combined with the fact that most of it is easily reconfigured, adds to the airiness within the facility.

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