Assistive Technology FAQ

 

Following is a list of Assistive Technology software and hardware that may benefit certain types of disabilities. This list is not exhaustive and it only represents assistive technology that may be available through the Center for Adaptive Technology.  The products are divided into broad categories and may not necessarily address an individual's disability.  Only through an individual assessment can the right assistive technology be determined.  All SCSU students with disabilities go through an assessment process when registering with the Center.  If after looking at the list you have questions or comments, please contact us.

I have a visual disability. What technology can help me?

Product Type What It Does Product Name
Screen magnification Magnifies part of or the entire screen to allow text to be more easily read. Windows Magnifier ZoomTextMAGic, OS X Screen Magnifier
Screen reader Reads aloud all information displayed on screen. JAWS, Windows Narrator, OS X VoiceOver
Large-print key labels Keyboard stickers make keys easier to see.          ZoomCaps
CCTV Closed Circuit Television, magnifies printed materials on a screen for reading. Optelec ClearView, TOPAZ, may others
Cursor enlarger Enlarges and alters the shape and/or the color of the cursor to make it Windows Mouse Control Panel, OS X Cursor Magnification
Scan and Read Systems Allows the user to scan printed text and have it read aloud. Kurzweil 1000, OpenBook

 

I have a learning disability. What technology can help me? 

Product Type What It Does Product Name
Organizing/brainstorming Aids in the organization of ideas for writing and studying Inspiration, Draft:Builder, Bubbl.us, Text2MindMap, ReadWriteThink Webbing Tool, many other free/paid
Note taking Hardware to aid in the process of note taking  AlphaSmart, The WriterLivescribe Echo SmartPen
Word prediction Presents word choices to reduce the number of keystrokes and aid spelling and word finding. Co:Writer, Co:Writer applet for AlphaSmart, WordQ, Read&Write
Reading Systems Allow the user to scan printed text or open a variety of e-text and have it read aloud. Most products include a variety of study skills such as electronic dictionaries, the ability to highlight and extract text, built in graphic organizers. Kurzweil 3000Natural Readers, WYNNRead&Write
Voice Recognition Software will translate speech into written text. Windows Speech Recognition, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Dragon Dictate for Mac

 

I have a physical disability. What technology can help me?

Product Type What it does Product Name
Adjustable Height Tables Provides changes in height of work station There are a variety of manufacturers. SCSU provides adjustable height tables throughout the campus.
Mouse alternatives These devices replace a standard mouse. Joystick, trackballs, touch pads, PalmMouse, Head Mouse
Mini and expanded keyboards Help compensate for range of motion or coordination difficulties. IntelliKeys, Half-QWERTY keyboard
Word prediction Presents word choices to reduce the number of keystrokes and aid spelling and word finding. Co:Writer, Co:Writer applet for AlphaSmart, WordQRead&Write
Voice Recognition Software will translate speech into written text as well as allow the user to control the computer via voice. Windows Speech RecognitionDragon NaturallySpeakingDragon Dictate for Mac
On-screen keyboards

Allow user to use the mouse or mouse alternative to select characters and control the computer from on-screen image of keyboard. On-screen keyboards also help users with visual processing/tracking problems.

Screen Doors 2000WiVikREACHKeyStrokes, Discover Envoy/Create
Switches Alternative input devices that assist users with a variety of tasks from accessing the computer to accessing environmental controls and communication devices. AbleNet