Assistive Technology

The Accessibility Resource Center offers an extensive selection of personal computers, assistive technology and individualized computer training for students with disabilities. Assistive Technology has expanded enormously over the past 10-15 years and many students find they are able to be more independent and successful when utilizing this support service.

The Center provides training for students in Assistive Technology as well as Computer Literacy and Internet use. One-on-one, personalized training on general technology software and on assistive technology hardware/software is provided upon request. The type and amount of training provided is determined on a case-by-case basis. For some equipment, training is required prior to use or equipment loan.

Students registered with the Center are permitted to borrow equipment such as recorders, Livescribe Smart Pens, Victor Readers, or FM transmitters, for the duration of a semester. They are required to sign a release form, which states that they are responsible for the equipment if lost, stolen, or broken.  
Assistive Technology Software and Hardware Devices and Services:

  • Use of Assistive Technologies during exam (Software tutorials specializing in areas helpful to the student are offered upon request)
  • Scanning Services -Books can be magnified or read aloud with a screen-reading program
  • CCTV for students with visual disabilities
  • Digital Voice Recorder
  • Talking Calculator
  • QuickLook FV – Handheld CCTV
  • ClassMate Reader
  • Digital talking book players such as Victor Reader and Classmate Reader in which textbooks can be downloaded in an electronic format
  • Livescribe Smart Pen (a note-taking device which is a part recorder and part pen)
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking Professional -Voice Recognition Software Package
  • Kurzweil 3000 and Read & Write Gold 10 – Reading Software
  • Laptops and netbooks
  • Text-enlarging photocopy machine for students with visual disabilities
  • Talking calculators
  • Portable CCTV
  • Personal FM transmitter systems