Assistive Technology

Students who may benefit from the use of Assistive Technology (AT) are encouraged to speak with their Accessibility Coordinator about options that may be best for them.In many instances, different programs may offer similar assistance; however each student will have different preferences.We encourage students to preview different technologies in advance to determine which one may be best.

Students may elect to purchase AT at their own cost, or may use the options available through SAS and Ohio University at no additional cost.If required for the purposes of test taking, SAS will provide the required AT for proctored exams. The following describes different AT solutions offered at Ohio University.Unless specifically noted to be available for Mac, all programs are Windows based.

Technology for Reading Assistance:

Kurzweil 3000:A comprehensive reading, writing, and learning software primarily used by individuals with reading or writing related learning disabilities.Kurzweil is available for use on all public computers in Alden Library; however users must be approved for use through SAS in order to login to the software.Students approved for use through SAS may also have the software installed on their personal laptop; however an internet connection must be available each time it is used. *Mac Version 5.0, Windows Version 13.0

Read and Write Gold:Designed to assist individuals with learning related disabilities.The software offers assistance with reading, writing, and includes a talking calculator.Read and Write Gold is available on all public computers in Alden Library and requires no specific permission to use.Students registered and approved through SAS may have the software installed on their personal laptop or be issued a flash drive containing Read and Write for use on their individual computer.*Mac Version 5, Windows Version 11

WYNN 7: Literacy support software for students with reading or writing related disabilities. The software offers assistance with reading and writing.Students approved for use through SAS may have WYNN installed on their personal laptop.WYNN is also available at all computers in the library.

Technology for Users with Mobility Limitations:

Dragon Naturally Speaking:Dictation software for individuals with mobility limitations or specific learning disabilities and psychological conditions that may impact written expression or typing. Dragon is available on designated computers in the Academic Advancement Center Computer Learning Lab (Alden Library, Room 101) or in the Shostack Adaptive Technology Room.Library staff at the second floor reference desk in Alden Library can assist students in accessing the Shostack Room.

Technology for Note Taking Assistance:

LiveScribe: Primarily used by students with learning related disabilities or attention difficulties.This smart pen doubles as a recording device, allowing students to sync their written notes to an audio recording of a lecture.Students registered and approved through SAS may borrow a LiveScribe pen for use in their individual classes.

Technology for Writing Assistance:

Dragon Naturally Speaking:Dictation software for individuals with mobility limitations or specific learning disabilities and psychological conditions that may impact written expression or typing.Dragon is available on designated computers in the Academic Advancement Center Computer Learning Lab (Alden Library, Room 101) or in the Shostack Adaptive Technology Room.Library staff at the second floor reference desk in Alden Library can assist students in accessing the Shostack Room.

Kurzweil 3000:A comprehensive reading, writing, and learning software primarily used by individuals with reading or writing related learning disabilities.Kurzweil is available for use on all public computers in Alden Library; however users must be approved for use through SAS in order to login to the software.Students approved for use through SAS may also have the software installed on their personal laptop; however an internet connection must be available each time it is used. *Mac Version 5.0, Windows Version 13.0

Read and Write Gold:Designed to assist individuals with learning related disabilities.The software offers assistance with reading, writing, and includes a talking calculator.Read and Write Gold is available on all public computers in Alden Library and requires no specific permission to use.Students registered and approved through SAS may have the software installed on their personal laptop or be issued a flash drive containing Read and Write for use on their individual computer.*Mac Version 5, Windows Version 11

WYNN 7: Literacy support software for students with reading or writing related disabilities. The software offers assistance with reading and writing.Students approved for use through SAS may have WYNN installed on their personal laptop.WYNN is also available at all computers in the library.

Technology for Low Vision or Users who are Blind:

Open Book:Scanning and Reading software for persons who are blind or have low vision. Available in the Shostack Adaptive Technology Room at Alden Library.Library staff at the second floor reference desk can assist students in accessing the Shostack Room.

ZoomText: Screen magnification software for individuals who are blind or have low vision is available in the Shostack Adaptive Technology Room at Alden Library.Library staff at the second floor reference desk can assist students in accessing the Shostack Room.

MAGic: Screen magnification software for individuals who are blind or have low vision is available on designated computers in the Academic Advancement Center Computer Learning Lab (Alden Library, Room 101).

JAWS: Screen reading software for persons who are blind or have low vision is available on designated computers in the Academic Advancement Center Computer Learning Lab (Alden Library, Room 101) or in the Shostack Adaptive Technology Room. Library staff at the second floor reference desk in Alden Library can assist students in accessing the Shostack Room.