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Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology?

Any item, piece of equipment or product system, whether acquired commercially off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the capabilities of persons with disabilities. – IDEA 2000

What are some examples of Assistive Technology?

Assistive technology can range from high-tech (software programs, hardware devices, standalone computers), to low-tech (pencil grips, clipboards, and modified keyboards).  Assistive technology can be created for the sole purpose of helping students with disabilities achieve their goals (i.e. a program that allows blind or low/vision users to control the entire computer with their keyboard) or it can be an already existing piece of hardware or software that is modified to meet a students needs (i.e. adding braille stickers to a keyboard).

What types of Assistive Technology does sas offer?

SAS maintains several computers with various types of assistive technology that students with qualifying disabilities can utilize.  We also offer basic training on any relevant software or hardware program that students might be interested in and consult with students on what types of assistive technology could meet their needs.

How do students learn about assistive technology?

Students are referred to the coordinator for assistive technology during their initial intake meetings and are generally reminded of our services.  Students may also call or email the coordinator for assistive technology to schedule an informational meeting.

Does SAS provide trainings or technology for other students at Kent State University?

Yes! Our office currently provides free copies of Read & Write Gold software (Windows & MAC) that any student at Kent State University can request.  In addition, the coordinator for assistive technology will be conducting “Student Success Workshops” through the office of Student Success Programs that any student is welcome to attend.  These workshops will be offered during the fall semester and will cover a variety of software and hardware that is useful for students struggling with study skills, research, reading, writing, organization and note-taking.  Workshops will be listed on the registration website.

Questions or concerns?

Please contact Marcie Dimac, Assistive Technology Coordinator, at 330-672-8032 or