Assistive Technology

"Assistive technology promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish, or had great difficulty accomplishing, by providing enhancements to, or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks." (Wikipedia, 2014)

At National University, we encourage students to benefit from assistive technology that matches their learning strategies and preferred platforms. Assistive reading software with text-to-speech functionality, for example, provides students with verified print disabilities access to academic content in the digital environment. Alongside Ebook offerings in the marketplace come mobile device options for consuming content. Have you tried text-to-speech?

Student Accessibility Services can help you explore solutions that may assist your educational needs.

  • Low-tech solutions: highlighters, magnifiers, note cards, construction paper, etc.
  • Alternative input hardware: keyboards, mice, scanners, and microphones
  • Alternative input software for speech recognition
  • Alternative output hardware: large screen display monitor, refreshable Braille
  • Access software for DAISY
  • Digital pens
  • Assistive reading with optical character recognition
  • Assistive writing with graphic organizers, outlining, phonetic spelling, and word prediction
  • Mobile tablets or dedicated eReaders
  • Personal data managers
  • Talking calculators