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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.

Assistive Technology Overview

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 Student Accessibility Resources. Follow the links to visit the vendors' websites. Feel free to contact our office for further information.

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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.

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Kurzweil 3000

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. This tool is available to students enrolled at the University of West Florida by logging into MyUWF and searching Kurzweil in the search bar. 

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Mircrosoft Immersive Reader

The Microsoft Immersive Reader is now available in Canvas

  • Enhances the reading experience 
  • Improves accessibility
  • Provides tools for functionality


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LiveScribe Smartpen

The Livescribe Smartpen is 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

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C-Pen Reader Pen

The C-Pen Reader is a portable scanning pen that reads printed text aloud.

  • Scan and save text in local files
  • Record voice memos
  • Find definitions or translations for different words using the multiple dictionaries downloaded onto the pen

Contact Student Accessibility Resources for equipment check out or demonstration. 

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