Adaptive Equipment and Services

Assistive Technology 

The Assistive Technology Center (ATC) provides access to information technology for Purdue students, faculty and staff with disabilities. This includes accessing written and electronic information. Students with sensory, physical, learning or psychological disabilities may benefit from the computer software, hardware and other technologies available. 

Communication Services

ETS (Emergency Telephone System) boxes are available throughout campus and may be located by referring to the Campus Accessibility Guide. For a printed version of this guide, also available in large print, please contact the Visitor Information Center.

Emergency telephones have been installed in all elevators in University buildings.

For persons with hearing or speech related disabilities, contact Relay Indiana.  Relay Indiana, managed by InTRAC, is a free service that provides full telecommunications accessibility to people who are Deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired.  This service allows users with special telecommunication devices to communicate with standard users through specially trained Relay Operators. InTRAC also provides free, loaned equipment to those who qualify. The following are Relay Indiana Access Phone Numbers:

711 ….……………..………. TTY/VOICE/VCO/ASCII
800-435-8590 ……………… Spanish
877-743-8231 ……………… Speech-to-Speech
800-676-3777 ……………… Customer Service
888-269-7477……………….CapTel Customer Service
800-743-3333 ……………… TTY/VOICE/VCO/ASCII

Purple products and Services

  • Purple VRS: Video Relay Services (VRS) provides Deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals and business owners a means to communicate over video desktop and mobile devices with hearing individuals in real time using American Sign Language (ASL) interpreters. This service is free to Purple Deaf and hard-of-hearing customers.
  • On-Site Interpreting: Purple has a national qualified interpreter team that can provide services for ASL and English as well as Spanish ASL interpreters. Purple interpreters provide services for any in-person interpretation needs, including job interviews; special events such as concerts, parties and plays; business meetings; conferences; employee training; and other interpreting needs. Purple interpreters are familiar with business, medical and legal terminology. They are bound by the Interpreters Code of Professional Conduct and Purple’s employee ethics that ensure confidentiality and that the highest standards of professionalism are met.
  • Purple VRI: Video Remote Interpreting (VRI) is a convenient, on-demand sign language interpreting service delivered over a live Internet video connection. With qualified interpreters, clear audio and high-quality video, it’s as if the interpreter is in the room with you. VRI is perfect for schools, business meetings, medical appointments/hospitals, conferences and more.

Sorenson Video Relay Service (SVRS) empowers the Deaf and hard-of-hearing community to communicate with both Deaf and hearing family, friends or business contacts using video relay service. This free, 24-hour service allows you to place and receive calls with a professional American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter via a videophone and a high-speed Internet connection.


Radiological and Environmental Management (REM) has a Proactive Ergonomics Program that provides the means for University employees to be educated on the effects of ergonomics in their workspace and be evaluated (if necessary) to identify any risk factors that are or could lead to injuries. If changes are required in the workspace, REM has limited funding to assist in purchasing equipment to correct the deficiencies. 

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