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 up to 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 can 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 and makes 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