Some Assistive Technology (AT) needs are simple. For example, a student may use a smartpen for notetaking rather than requesting a notetaker in class, or a student with a vision impairment may need higher color contrast on PowerPoint slides, white boards, and other visual aids. However, other AT needs may be more complicated. 

Assistive Technologies include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Computer access aides (adaptive keyboards)
  • Augmentative and alternative communication devices (text-to-speech and communication boards)
  • Screen magnification and screen readers (ZoomText and JAWS)
  • Hearing aids (conventional and cochlear implant)
  • Mobility aids (wheelchairs and walkers)
  • Visual aids (magnifying glass and electronic magnification device)  
  • Literacy software (Read&Write and Kurzweil)
  • Notetaking tools (apps and smartpens)

ARC is responsible for helping students both identify and obtain the Assistive Technologies that they need. AT devices may be owned or rented by the student and operated independently, or they may be available for use by students and staff on campus through computer labs or library. ARC also trains students to use their Assistive Technologies effectively and evaluates how well the device or service is meeting the student’s needs. 

An AT accommodation could apply to any mode of learning, including online, blended/hybrid, and face-to-face courses. 

Student Expectations

Students are responsible for learning how to use their Assistive Technologies and communicating with instructors if they require additional assistance.

  1. Determine the need for assistive technology in each classroom.
  2. Determine the need for a table for assistive technology equipment.
  3. To request assistive technology for a specific class and classroom, email the Assistive Technology Coordinator.

Instructor Information

In most situations, AT accommodations do not require your involvement. However, in some circumstances, you may need to collaborate with Classroom Services and ARC. The most effective approach is to talk with your student about how to support them with their AT accommodation.