Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

man using headphones at a computer workstationAssistive Technology for Computers

Computer-related assistive technology is placed in classrooms or computer labs as appropriate in order to create access for students with qualifying disabilities. Examples of potential assistive technology accommodations include:

  • Large computer monitor
  • Trackball, handshake mouse and other pointing devices
  • Ergonomic or Mini Keyboard
  • The following specific software:

Dragon Naturally Speaking
Allows the user to enter text using voice commands instead of typing on the keyboard.

Reads aloud what is displayed on the screen. Includes commands to move within tables and between links or headings. With a refreshable Braille display, JAWS will also output Braille.

Magnifies a portion of the screen.

Reads text aloud while highlighting the spoken words.

The Assistive Technology Information Handout  — This document contains further information about specific software.

Computer Labs, Hours and Software — Information about computers with assistive technology available on campus for student use.

Assistive Technology, Not Related to Computers

Disability Resources also provides non-computer-related assistive technology, including the following:

Assistive Listening Devices
(FM systems) — for in-class personal amplification needs.

Closed Circuit TV
(For enlarging & viewing text) — This device is used to enlarge from print size to about one inch or more. The device can be used with individual pages or books. The printed material is placed under a camera and the enlarged printed copy is transmitted to a viewing screen/monitor.

Low Vision Devices
Check with Kathy Torvik at (541)463-5091 for an assortment of low-tech solutions available for your low vision needs.

AlphaSmart Word Processor
With the AlphaSmart portable notetaking keyboard, class notes can be recorded and downloaded to a computer. From there they can be printed, emailed to a student, or saved to a flash drive.

Students who would like to explore assistive technology options can contact a Disability Resources advisor at (541) 463-5150 for information regarding equipment or software, and to determine their eligibility.