Posted April 3, 2008

Program makes assistive technology more easily available


An absolute necessity for some students and a subtle enhancement for others, assistive technology plays an integral role for many in successfully completing a postsecondary education. As such, Disability Resources and Services has launched Project ATTIC (Assistive Technology Training and Information Center), a facility to maximize assistive technology usage by students with disabilities.

Project ATTIC is housed in Disability Resources and Services, Ritter Hall annex, room 100, and contains a specially designed and resourced training area that provides students with dedicated training from an assistive technology specialist in a one-on-one and small-group setting.

“Project ATTIC will provide an environment that respects the student’s right to confidentiality while delivering crucial training and support to enable them to maximize the potential of AT in their academic learning,” said John Bennett, director of Disability Resources and Services.

Project ATTIC was co-funded by Disability Resources and Services and a grant from the Computer and Technology Fee for non-enrollment-based units as administered by Computer Services. The facility officially opened in mid-February.

“While the availability of assistive technology devices to postsecondary students is incredibly important to their success, the provision of services needed to learn about and master the use of the device can make all the difference,” said Diane Nelson Bryen, executive director of the Institute on Disabilities. “Temple University is fortunate to have the ATTIC program as a training resource for students with disabilities, assuring their ability to maximize the use of assistive technology throughout their academic career.”

To learn more about Project ATTIC, contact Student Services Coordinator Patrick Gordon at

For more information about Disability Resources and Services, including Total Access, a new newsletter aimed at improving disability awareness at Temple, visit

(Project ATTIC is not related to the College of Liberal Arts’ Awareness of Teaching and Teaching Improvement Center.)