Student Access for Assistive Technology: From Classroom to Bedroom!!



  • Melinda Colby, Sr. Director, Engagement & Success, The University of Texas at Dallas

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Lecture
  • Expertise Level: All Levels
  • Type of session: General Conference


Learn about the process the University of Texas at Dallas went through to acquire, implement and market Fusion. Fusion is assistive technology for blind, visually impaired, and learning disabled individuals that incorporates JAWS and ZoomText. We will go over the easiest way to obtain acce for use at your school and at home.


The University of Texas at Dallas has embarked upon an initiative to become a barrier-free campus. As part of this initiative we purchased Fusion as an enterprise software for our institution. Fusion provides JAWS screen reader and ZoomText screen magnifier for use at our school and for use on personal computers, whether on campus or at home, at no additional cost. This helps provide our visually impaired students with the appropriate accommodations necessary to succeed as they progress from college to employment. It additionally serves faculty and staff by providing them with the appropriate accommodations to meet the requirements of their employment. We will share our implementation path from purchase to rollout and success stories about how these programs have helped students, faculty, and staff.


  1. Provide visually impaired, blind, and learning disabled students with tools to succeed.
  2. Provide tools for on-campus and in home use.
  3. Implementation path from purchase to rollout.

Disability Areas

Cognitive/Learning, Vision

Topic Areas

Assistive Technology, Information Technology, Uncategorized

Speaker Bio(s)

Melinda Colby

Melinda Colby, PMP – Sr. Director of Engagement & Success

Melinda has over 25 years of experience in higher education. As a member of the executive leadership team at the University of Texas at Dallas, she is responsible for working with campus users to get maximum value out of the institutional investment in enterprise applications and infrastructure services, as well as looking for opportunities where technology can further strategic initiatives.

Prior to UT Dallas, Melinda was the Director of the Project Management Office at Stephen F. Austin State University.

Melinda has a Masters of Interdisciplinary Studies, with emphasis on Public Administration, from Stephen F. Austin State University and is a certified Project Management Professional.