Assistive technology

Assistive technology is a broadly-defined term that describes innovative tools which can significantly improve the lives of people with disabilities. SDS provides a full range of assistive technology and software for registered students to use:

  • CCTV Magnification: Technology that can enlarge the type or graphic on a page two to sixty-four times its original size
  • Zoomtext: Magnification and reading software for the visually impaired.
  • JAWS: Screen-reading software for blind and visually impaired individuals. JAWS can read information on the screen using synthesized speech and also provide Braille output.
  • Kurzweil Educational Systems: Kurzweil 3000 supports the concept of universal design for learning. It is a reading, writing, test-taking and learning tool that makes the curriculum accessible to students. Kurzweil 1000 makes printed or electronic text readily available to blind or visually impaired individuals.
  • ReadPlease: Free text-to-speech reading software that students can download.
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking: Speech-to-text software allowing students to speak into a microphone and create written documents.
  • Inspiration: Software that allows for visual mapping, outlining and writing. Individuals can brainstorm ideas, structure thoughts and visually communicate concepts to strengthen understanding.