Assistive Technology

The need for assistive technology is to lessen or remove barriers faced by persons with disabilities. Student Accessibility Resources has equipment to check out or to provide demonstration for students who are registered with our office and have been approved for this accommodation.

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Assistive Technology is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. IDEA 2004

Below is a list of Assistive Technology available for checkout or demonstration in the Student Accessibility Resources. Follow the links to visit the vendors' websites. Feel free to contact our office for further information.


Using Zoom-Text, individuals with visual impairments are able to adjust the magnification of their computer screen to view any computer program, even the internet. Zoom-Text also acts as a screen reader with text-to-speech technology, can adjust font intensity and screen color contrast, and features different types of visible pointers and cursors.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking is a speech recognition software package developed and sold by Nuance Communications for Windows personal computers. Dragon uses a speech-to-text technology.


Kurzweil 3000 is an assistive technology, text to speech, learning tool that supports the concept of Universal Design for Learning with a suite of powerful reading, writing, test-taking, and study skill tools that makes curriculum accessible to all students.

Livescribe Smartpen
The Livescribe Smartpen computer pen equipped with a camera, microphone and speakers, as the note taker writes, the pen records an audio of the meeting and synchronizes the writing and sound.

  • Capture everything you write, draw, speak or hear
  • Find the information you captured in seconds
  • Share your notes, drawings or recorded audio with anyone
  • The power of a computer in a pen

Contact the Student Accessibility Resources for equipment check out or demonstration. 

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