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 types of assistive technology can students learn about in Student Accessibility Services?

SAS can work with students on text-to-speech programs, speech-to-text programs, and software for students who are blind or low vision, note-taking devices and software, iPad and tablet applications, computer applications, and learning and literacy support software. Specific types of assistive technology include:

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • Read & Write Gold is available at no cost to all current Kent State University students. Learn how to install Read and Write Gold.
  • ZoomText
  • Livescribe pens
  • JAWS (Job Access with Speech)

how do I learn more about the assistive technologies described? 

You can learn more about assistive technology at Kent State University by contacting Student Accessibility Services.