If you are a student with a disability who may need to avail of assistive technology (AT),
it is a good idea to ensure you know how to use the particular AT program or device before you begin your program.
At the beginning of the term you may quickly find yourself swamped with classes, assignments and tests, making it difficult to learn the AT that can help you.
Develop these skills before you start your program.
Accessibility Services (Resource Facilitators) may be able to provide one-on-one, or small group training sessions
during the summer in Adaptive Technology (Kurzweil, Dragon, Smart Pen, etc) ; study skills; test taking; note taking,etc.
Contact the CDS or
Resource Facilitator at a campus nearest you to discuss these options.
What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive Technology (AT) is a generic term that includes any piece of equipment that is used to increase efficiency, maintain function or improve the capabilities of individuals with disabilities. The selection of appropriate assistive technology is usually guided by your educational assessment. The most effective technology will allow you to compensate for any functional deficits.
Some common examples of AT:
It would be ideal if you fully understand how to operate the AT that you require prior to entering into the college environment.
Our Resource Facilitators are able to provide this training and in some campuses may offer training during the summer months. Please check with the campus nearest you to inquire.
Text to Speech Software - verbalizes or "speaks' everything on a computer screen including alternate format textbooks, website text, etc... I.e.: JAWS
Voice Recognition Software - allows the user to voice computer commands and enter text using their voice rather that a mouse or a keyboard. I.e.: Dragon Naturally Speaking
Reading Pens - allows the user to hear words and definitions spoken aloud
Some other examples include: talking calculators, classroom amplifiers, closed circuit televisions, etc...