Assistive Technology Instructor trains student in computer lab

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technologies

Disability Support Services provides a variety of assistive technology tools for student use in the Computer Accessibility Lab (CAL).

Learning Disabilities or Cognitive Impairments
  • Texthelp Read & Write: Scan/OCR, customizeable Text-to-Speech & reading options, convert-to-audio, study skills, spelling, and proofreading tools
  • ClaroRead Plus: ClaroRead is a simple, easy-to-use and flexible software program that aids reading, writing, and study skills. Includes Scan/OCR features, customizeable features,Text-to-Speech, and proofreading tools
  • Balabolka: Text-to-Speech & customize able reading, convert-to-audio features
Mobility Impairments
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking: Voice-recognition software transcribes dictation through spoken voice commands
  • Ergonomic adaptations
    • Alternative Input devices: specialized computer mice, keyboards
    • Adjustable tables & chairs
Vision Impairments
Math Software
  • Microsoft Word 2013 - Word has built-in support for equation writing and editing.
  • Microsoft Math add-in for MS Word - This free add-in makes it easy to create graphs, perform calculations, and solve for variables with equations created in Word. 
  • Virtual Pencil - Arithmetic and Algebra are programs designed for individuals who are pencil impaired (blind, motor impaired, or learning disabled
Note-Taking Software


Computer Access Lab Location

Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
Room AT 203

Microsoft Word 2007 - Word has built-in support for equation writing and editing.  This is the most useful program for students who need to write equations, but can't write using their hands.  If they have even minimal use of one hand, they can use a trackball to choose symbols from a palate directly into MS Word.  If they have no use of their hands, they can use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to enter the keyboard commands that would enter the symbols they need.  Students who are blind can also use JAWS to enter equations by learning the keystrokes they need.  One advantage to this method is that it does not solve the equation like some other math programs so it can be used for homework and testing.  Another advantage is that it is relatively easy to get up and running with Dragon NaturallySpeaking to do math this way if needed.

Building: ATC, AT-203
Contact: Shri Lakshmanan
Phone: 408.864.5817


Last Updated: 2/28/17