“In the end, an Assistive/Adaptive Technology Virtual Lab will make the software available to students from anywhere they have an Internet connection. It will require less IT support, as the software is loaded onto virtual computers and managed through a central location, making troubleshooting and loading additional or new versions of software much easier and cost-effective,” Paprocki said.
“If implemented at a state university level, it would ensure that students have access to the same software they are familiar with when they transfer to another state university.
If primary and secondary schools also had access, familiarity with the software and use of the virtual lab would ease the transition from high school to college for students with disabilities who use adaptive software.
“There is also the potential that a virtual lab could be made available to state governmental agencies, making the school-to-work transition easier for students and more cost-effective for governmental entities hiring persons with disabilities,” she continued. “As you can see, there is a great opportunity with developing this virtual lab.”