Assistive Technology

What is it?

  • Computer hardware or software
  • Provides greater independence/accessibility
  • Levels the playing field
  • Maximizes the quality of life

We are proud of our Adaptive Technology Computer Lab located on the first floor of the Paul A. Elsner Library on the Southern/Dobson Campus. This lab is staffed with knowledgeable and well-trained staff that can provide demonstrations, training, and assistance on the assistive technology tools and services the lab has to offer.

LiveScribe SmartPen

What is it?

  • A high-tech way for students to take notes
  • Records lectures while you take notes
  • Links the audio recording to the printed notes
  • Tap on the special "dot paper" where the notes were taken and the audio recording is played

  • Uploads to an Evernote account for improved organization

Kurzweil: Reading, Writing & Study Skills Software

Image of 3 dimensional cube with different colors representing Kurzweil 3000

What is it?

  • Text typed into Kurzweil can be read aloud using the screen reader
  • Print material scanned into Kurzweil can be read aloud using the screen reader
  • Highlights words as it reads
  • Dictionary for word meanings and spellings

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking 12 Product Box

What is it?

  • Voice recognition software program
  • Provides access to text-based programs with voice, not hands
  • For students who have difficulty writing or using the computer keyboard
  • For students who have difficulty writing their thoughts down on paper

ZoomText: Screen Magnification/ Reading Software

What is it?

  • Computer screen magnification and reading program
  • Enlarges, enhances, and reads aloud everything on the computer screen
  • For students who are visually impaired

JAWS: Screen Reading Software


What is it?

  • Screen reading software program
  • Reads aloud what is displayed on a computer screen
  • For students who are blind or visually impaired

Microsoft Windows Accessibility Features

Windows Accessiability Features

What is it?

  • Cursor enlargement
  • Font/icon enlargement
  • Magnifier
  • Narrator
  • On-screen keyboard
  • Sticky keys
  • Filter keys