Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology enables students with disabilities to access computer programs, software, documents, and the World Wide Web.  Assistive Technology  resources are available to all DRC registered students.  Equipment/software can be checked out from DRC each semester for educational use.

Equipment demonstrations/trainings are available by appointment.  Please contact the Disability Resource Center via phone at (501) 450-3613 or via email at for more information.

Software and Equipment

JAWS – a screen reader for persons with visual impairments or reading disabilities. Text and links on the computer’s screen are read aloud.

Zoomtext – a screen enlargement software program enlarges the entire computer screen by varying amounts and will also read the screen text aloud. Zoomtext Magic is useful for persons with visual impairments or reading disabilities.

Kurzweil 3000 – a computer screen reading system which converts text material displayed on the computer screen to voice output for persons with reading disabilities. Text can be displayed in various colors and words being read can be highlighted as they are read aloud. Kurzweil 3000 will also convert text files to audio files in WAV or MP3 formats.

TextHelp Read/Write – a software program with extensive dictionary, thesaurus and word prediction features designed to aid students with composing, spelling, writing and grammar problems. This program also reads the text on the computer screen and highlights each word as it is read.

Dragon Naturally Speaking Professional –  a voice recognition input system for persons with manual (hand/arm) impairments or written expression learning disabilities. Users enter text with punctuation into the computer by speaking rather than by keyboarding. Users can also control the computer’s operations with voice commands. This program requires a few hours of training, including building a personal voice profile, and practice, in order to become proficient with a good degree of accuracy. Students can train this software on their home computer, save their voice profile on a CD or flash drive, then load their voice profile onto another computer equipped with this software.

Free Assistive Technology

There are many free Assistive Technology resources available online, please see the list below. This is only a partial list, as there are a wide variety of options!

Reading Support

Natural Reader – Listen to PDF files, webpages, e-books, e-textbooks, office documents and even printed books. Available online or for download.

Readability – Readability turns any web page into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer, smartphone, or tablet.

SpeakIt! – SpeakIt reads selected text using Text-to-Speech technology with language auto-detection. It can read text in more than 50 languages.

Writing Support

Grammarly – Grammarly eliminates spelling errors, writing mistakes, contextual errors, and poor vocabulary usage.  Grammarly finds and corrects up to 10 times more mistakes than your word processor.

eType – Program auto-completes words as you type and spelling mistakes are corrected before they happen.
Integrates within most programs including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Gmail, Facebook and more.

Note Taking Support

AccessNote – Notetaking tool for those who are Blind or Visually Impaired created by the American Foundation for the Blind. The App combines notetaking capabilities with the other accessibility features and functions of the iOS device. You can input notes with either QWERTY Keyboard or refreshable Braille Display. *Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod touch

Evernote – A one-stop place to collect notes, files, web clippings, and images with the ability to access them on virtually any device. (Basic Version is free.)

Microsoft OneNote – Take all your notes in OneNote by typing, writing with a touchscreen, importing pictures, video, web links and other resources. You can also divide up your classes and work by notebook, section, and pages. Search your notes for the ability to easily find what you need.

Dictation/Speech-to-Text/Speech Recognition

Dragon Dictation (iOS App) – Speech recognition software that dictates words into text messages, emails, social media, or paste into other apps and programs using the clipboard feature. *Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Voice Typing in Google Chrome – Speech recognition within google chrome or google docs. Go into your Tools menu in the Google Chrome Browser and select Voice Typing, click on the microphone that pops up and start talking. Your text will be entered into the typing field and you will be able to correct mistakes without moving your cursor.

Vision Support

NVDA Screen Reader – NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free, open source screen reader built for Windows based operating system computers. Works with most applications such as web browsers, email, and Microsoft Office programs. *Compatibility: Windows

Built-in Accessibility

VoiceOver  Doesn’t just tell you what’s happening, it helps you make things happen. It tells you what’s on your screen, and walks you through actions like selecting a menu option or activating a button using your keyboard or trackpad. VoiceOver gives you complete control of your Mac, with no need to see the screen. And it’s already built in. *Compatibility: iOS

Ease of Access Center – Centralized location in the Control Panel where you can adjust accessibility settings and programs.