Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology Defined

The U.S. Access Board defines Assistive Technology as “Any item, piece of equipment, or system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is commonly used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.” [www.access-board.gov]

How Do I Qualify to Receive Assistive Technology as an Accommodation?

Assistive Technology, for which the student qualifies, will be determined by the student and the DSS Coordinator based on the student’s documentation.


Types of Assistive Technology Software

  • Dragon Pro
  • Inspiration
  • JAWS (Job Access With Speech) Screen Reader
  • Kurzweil 1000
  • Kurzweil 3000
  • Natural Reader
  • NVDA (Nonvisual Desktop Access)
  • Zoomtext

Types of Assistive Technology Hardware/Equipment

  • Adaptive Keyboards
  • Assistive Listening Devices
  • Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTV’s)
  • Flatbed Scanners
  • Large Screen Computer Monitors
  • Microphone Headsets for Voice-Recognition Software
  • Perkins Braillers
  • Sorenson Video Phones
  • Talking Calculators
  • Trackballs

Assistive Technology Services

  • Alternative Formatted Course Materials
  • Alternative Testing
  • Captioning for Accommodation
  • Demonstration and Training on AT Equipment
  • Individual AT Software Training
  • Scanning Textbooks (E-Text)

Campus Locations of Assistive Technology Programs

Southern Wake Campus

  • DSS Tech Area
  • AT Room Howell Library
  • Computer Area in Howell Library
  • Individualized Learning Center (ILC) Various Locations

Northern Wake Campus

  • DSS AT Room
  • AT Room North Library
  • Open Lab in North Library 

Perry Health Sciences Campus

  • Library 

Public Safety Education Campus

  • Library 

Western Wake Campus

  • Library 

Beltline Education Center

  • Various Locations

Helpful Resources and Websites