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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is an item, piece of equipment, or product, whether acquired commercially, or customized that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of an individual with a disability. It is a goal of the Office of Accessibility Resources Office (OAR) to provide support with assistive technology tools in support of student accessibility and success.

One example built on the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL), the OAR utilizes Kurzweil 3000 to increase accessibility with print and digital content available to a broad spectrum of students. This technology will aid OAR Test Proctoring Services, alternative textbooks, and provides multi-sensory access to text or curriculum, electronic, and web-based material.

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Kurzweil 3000 is educational technology that brings pieces of the accessibility and literacy puzzles together in one platform to support instruction and learning becoming more personal for the individual — and engagement and progress becomes more possible. When content cannot be accessed, students can fall behind. Kurzweil 3000 enables students to access content, and build their note taking and literacy skills. With speech to text and text to speech resources, reading speed and accuracy can increase and test results can improve. 

When learners can't access grade-level content, they fall further behind. Features in Kurzweil 3000 enable students to access content above their proficiency level as they build their literacy skills. Their reading speed and accuracy will increase, they'll become more effective writers, and their test results will improve.

Students can access content and common literacy support from any device or computer with internet access, then dive deeper with comprehensive literacy support installed directly to Mac and Windows computers.

  • Access content on the web, your computer, or in print
  • Differentiate instruction with digital tools
  • Save content to class or student folders (no file storage limit)
  • Guide learners throughout the full learning process
  • Inform instructional decisions with centralized reporting

Assistive Technology

Microsoft - Personalize your Windows Computer with built-in accessibility features to support ease with vision, hearing, learning, neurodiversity, and mobility interactions with your computer. Learn how to set up a device  and how to get Office 365 at WCU.  

Mac/Apple - Personalize your Mac Computer with any of the built-in accessibility features to support vision, hearing, mobility, learning and other interactions with your computer.

Software Name Operating System Description Price
AccessNote Apple iOS Notetaking tool for those who are Blind or Visually Impaired created by the American Foundation for the Blind Free
Bookshare Online Largest online library of accessible reading materials for people with print disabilities Free
Co:Writer Apple iOS Word Prediction app that gives you suggestions of words as you type with the option of reading your word options out loud with a swipe of your finger $19.99
Dragon Dictation Apple iOS; Google Play Makes it easy to create documents of any length and edit, format and share them directly from your mobile device  Free, with premium features
Fleksy Apple iOS; Google Play State-of-the-art system powerful enough for individuals who are blind or low vision to use by not needing to look at the screen to type $.99
Grammarly Chrome Extension Eliminate writing mistakes and contextual errors, spelling errors, and poor vocabulary usage Free
Ginger Grammar Checker & Spell Checker Windows; Mac; Apple iOS; Google Play; Chrome and Safari Extension Checks your spelling and grammar and fixes it according to the context of your text in Microsoft Word, Outlook, PowerPoint, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Safari, Chrome Free, with premium features
Mercury Reader Chrome Extension Remove clutter from webpages for easier reading Free
Rewordify Online Rewordify replaces higher-level vocabulary with words that are easier to understand Free
Voice Dream Writer Apple iOS  Make fewer mistakes, use the right words and organize your writing better with this app  $9.99
WritePad Apple iOS; Google Play Take notes with your stylus or finger while handwriting recognition turns these notes into typed text $7.99
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