CATE Lab COVID-19 Update

Due to COVID-19 and the Smart 2020 plan implemented by EMU, the CATE Lab has modified our policies and procedures to ensure the safety of all students, staff and faculty.  

CATE Lab Protocols In Response To COVID-19 Safety Guidelines 

The number of exams proctored in the CATE Lab will need to be significantly reduced due to:

  • Spacing requirements
  • The need to disinfect each workstation after use - 30 minutes is the best estimate at this point.   

Updated Operation Protocols

  • The CATE Lab will be open two days per week when it is deemed safe to have in-person classes. 
  • Signage will be on the doors discouraging walk-in appointments, questions, dropping off of materials.
  • The absolute maximum number of students testing simultaneously will be 6 and that is if no human reader and/or scribe is necessary.  
  • Equipment loan forms will be online.
  • Paper testing forms will be eliminated for Fall term.  All scheduling will be conducted via email.  Instructions for doing so will be posted on the DRC site, CATE lab site, and emailed to faculty and students.
  • Exams will be accommodated on site at EMU only in rare cases where the student is unable to access Zoom from a home computer. 
  • Exams that need to be read aloud by a human will utilize Zoom and if accommodated onsite at EMU,  will use two testing rooms at CATE.
  • Exams that need to be scribed by a human will utilize Zoom and if accommodated onsite at EMU, use two testing rooms at CATE.
  • There will be no technology assessments that cannot be conducted remotely.  Dragon Dictate assessments will not be able to be performed at the CATE Lab due to the necessity of microphones.  An alternate online assessment is being researched.
  • Students are welcomed and encouraged to bring their own headphones and microphones.  
  • The CATE Lab will not be able to retrieve personal items from students’ backpacks.
  • The CATE Lab will not provide any materials beyond a pencil and the student will take that with them upon exam completion.

 Delivery of exams

  • Exams will be scanned and emailed.  This may include taking a photo and emailing the pdf.
  • Exams will no longer be available for delivery to departments nor will the option for professors to pick up exams be available.

If you have any questions, please contact the CATE Lab Coordinator, Jenny Clark at [email protected] or 734-487-1419


The Center for Adaptive Technology in Education (CATE Lab) was designed to assist students with disabilities incorporate computers and technology into the learning and working atmosphere of Eastern Michigan University (EMU). Successful integration of adaptive technology enables the user to participate in all aspects of the higher educational environment.

The CATE Lab provides students with technology evaluations to determine how adaptive technology can improve their learning or working environment.

We also provide individualized and group training on adaptive technology through online instruction, webinars and workshops at the CATE Lab. There is no charge for usage of the CATE Lab. 

Mission of the CATE Lab

The CATE Lab provides resources, evaluations, and training in adaptive technology for students with disabilities. Our goal is to assist with developing, assessing and implementing assistive technology to enable those with disabilities to participate in their educational and vocational environments at their maximum potential. Further, the CATE Lab seeks to provide an accommodations driven testing environment for the campus that enables test takers with disabilities to perform at their maximum ability. 

History of the CATE Lab

The CATE Lab began in 1991 with the goals of providing adaptive technology education to both students, staff and faculty with disabilities and as a training site for special education majors. In time, an additional training site for education majors was developed and the CATE devoted its resources toward those with disabilities. Over the years the CATE Lab has become the site for students with disabilities testing outside of the classroom. Exam accommodations increase each year and include computerized readers, voice recognition, large print software, specialized keyboards, adaptive software and hardware, extended testing time and the use of human readers and scribes. At the same time, CATE remains the focal point for adaptive technology training, evaluation and demonstrations for those with disabilities on EMU’s campus.

Contact the CATE Lab

The CATE Lab is located on main campus in Suite 120 of the John W. Porter Building. Staff assigned specifically for assistance in the CATE Lab are available while classes are in session from Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.–5 p.m. The CATE Lab coordinator is Jenny Clark ([email protected]).

If you need testing accommodations, email [email protected] or call 734.487.1419.

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