Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

The Office of Accessibility Services (OAS) provides support for the use and the provision of assistive technology in order to achieve equal access for students with disabilities. 

What is assistive technology?

Assistive technology helps people who have difficulty speaking, typing, writing, remembering, pointing, seeing, hearing, learning, walking, and many other things. Different disabilities require different assistive technologies.

Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.

Some examples of assistive technology include screen enlargement and screen reading software for visually impaired and totally blind students. Students with cognitive disabilities can benefit from reading software that tracks and highlights text as the text is read aloud. An Assistive Listening device can be used by students who are hard of hearing. Alternate mics and keyboards are often utilized by those who have physical or motor impairments. Speech recognition software can assist students who have limited use of a keyboard and mouse to enter information into a computer.