The DRS office is providing assistance virtually until further notice. Please contact the office at DrsFrontDesk@mesacc.edu or 480-461-7447 to schedule an appointment. DRS is offering real-time assistance via Cranium Cafe. You can get help from them by going to the link here, or by going to the Ask DRS button on the menu to the left of this page.

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

JAWS

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