Assistive Technology

Learning Resources
Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) is defined as various software, equipment, or other products designed to provide greater access for individuals with disabilities in all aspects of life, including school, work, home and the community. Through Accessibility Resources offered on campus, staff take an active role in identifying and obtaining necessary assistive technology in order to meet the unique needs of students with disabilities at UNCSA.

An array of AT is available at three designated sites on campus for accommodation need and/or student use – the Teaching and Learning Center, the Library and the High School Academic Program.  Although AT is designed specifically for individuals with disabilities, AT can also benefit students with temporary impairments, students with certain learning deficits, or students with English as a second language.  

Call or email the Learning Resource staff to learn more about the AT available on campus. 

Available Assistive Technology

Closed Caption TV (CCTV)
A CCTV is a video magnifier which assists individuals with visual impairments to enlarge the contents of printed materials. The image is captured by a video camera allowing the user to adjust magnification level, focus, brightness, contrast, and coloration.

Dragon Naturally Speaking
Dragon is a software program designed to allow a fast, easy and accurate way to turn speech into text. Users can dictate into virtually any windows-based application.

JAWS
JAWS is a screen reading software program that uses an integrated voice synthesizer and your computer’s sound card to output the content of your computer screen to speakers.

Kurzweil 3000
Kurzweil is a text to speech program that can also serve as a reader/scribe.  Kurzweil provides both audible and visual accessibility to word documents and web pages. The company is recognized as the leading developer of reading technology for people with learning difficulties and those who are blind or visually impaired. 

Smartpen
The Smartpen is a computerized ball point pen which serves as a platform for writing and recording lecture notes in class. Access to Learning Ally and Text in Alternative Formats

UNCSA students with a documented print disability may receive free access to Learning Ally or access to text/books in an alternative format. Please see Accessibility Resources for more information.