Assistive Technology

What is assistive technology?
Assistive technology refers to any “product, device, or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that is used to maintain, increase, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.”

The DRC works closely with students, faculty, and campus departments to promote awareness of and familiarity with available assistive technology.

What types of assistive technology are available?
The DRC provides access to product, devices, or equipment to registered students who are approved to receive assistive technology accommodations.

Examples of software and hardware available to eligible students includes:

Software:
Screen Reading
Speech Recognition
Screen Enlargement
Word Prediction
Audio and Visual Feedback
Braille Printing Software
Daisy Text Readers

Hardware:
Optical Scanners
Alternate Keyboards
Alternative Pointing Devices
(including Trackballs and Mice)
Braille Printers
Accessible Tables
Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTVs)
Portable Magnification Devices
Daisy Victor Readers
Digital Recorders
Livescribe Pens

Other DRC AT Services
Computing Needs Assessments
The DRC evaluates individual computing needs and makes assistive and standard computing equipment recommendations that will work to accommodate a disability. The DRC focuses on technologies that integrate the user into their work environment.

Support for Document Conversion
The DRC provides textbooks and other media in accessible formats that can be used with assistive technology. Documents can be converted to Braille, large print, and electronic text.

Web Site Accessibility Evaluations
The DRC provides web page evaluations and will provide recommendations on how web sites accessibility can be improved.

Assistive Technology Training and Technical Support
The DRC researches the latest assistive technologies and provides training and support on technologies that help provide access to computing for people with disabilities. One-on-one training on many state of the art technologies is available. Many assistive technology products are available to be loaned out, as well as making arrangements for assistive technology to be made available in areas where the student is work.

Support for Assistive Workstations in Computer Labs
The DRC works closely with the Academic Computing and Communications Center (ACCC) for general-access to computing labs for students with disabilities. ACCC has an updated list of available accessible workstations and other important assistive technology information on the ACCC Accessibility Resource Page:
http://accessible.accc.uic.edu