Assistive Technology

For many students with disabilities, accessing and using standard computers and electronic resources can be challenging. For example, a student with a spinal cord injury may be unable to use a standard mouse and keyboard.


My name is Samuel. I am studying information technology (IT) at the Rochester Institute of Technology in Rochester, NY. I expect to graduate next year. IT is a mixture of hands-on experience with programming, database, and networking. I chose this major because I know it is good experience and will help me prepare for my career. So far, I’ve taken classes related to programming, databases, multimedia content, and Flash design. I am looking forward to take more courses to gain knowledge and skills. Last summer I interned at Cisco Systems in San Jose, CA for three months.

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My name is Katie. I am a program manager (PM) for a user experience team at Microsoft. I manage software features, rather than people.



My name is Jason. I earned an Associate of Science in information and computing studies from the National Technical Institute for the Deaf and a Bachelor of Science in information technology with web-database integration from Rochester Institute of Technology. While I was an undergraduate, I had multiple internships including ones at NASA and IBM. Recently, I was accepted into the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Masters in computer science program.

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“Is it working?” It sounded as though Minnie Mouse was talking, but I could see clearly that the person across from me was my mother, not an over-sized rodent in polka dots. The phrase was not as dramatic as Alexander Graham Bell’s, “Mr. Watson—come in here,” but for me, it was just as momentous. I was thirteen. As my cochlear implant was activated, those three words were the first I had ever heard clearly. I had just entered high school and this was the crossroads in my journey towards independence in the world and a critical impetus toward pursuing a career in a STEM field.

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