Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

man using headphones at a computer workstationAccessible Technology for Computers

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

JAWS
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.

ZoomText
Magnifies a portion of the screen.

WYNN
Reads text aloud while highlighting the spoken words.

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

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

AccessibleTechnology, Not Related to Computers

Center for Accessible Resources also provides non-computer-related accessible technology, including the following:

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

Video Magnifiers: For enlarging & viewing text —  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.

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