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Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology (AT)? 

  • Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program that is used to increase, maintain, or enhance learning, working, and daily living for people with disabilities.

LiveScribe Smart Pen

  • The LiveScribe Smart Pen provides access and accommodations related to notetaking, test taking, learning disabilities, and other academic issues students with disabilities may encounter.  The LiveScribe Smart Pen records spoken communication in correspondence with written notes and can save the information electronically.  The LiveScribe Smart Pen benefits students with various disabilities and is being utilized across CUNY. 

Reading & Writing Software

  • Reading and writing software allow those whose disability affect their reading comprehension and/or writing skills by simultaneously reading text aloud and highlighting each spoken word on a monitor. Students can pause on any word and have instant access to dictionary, thesaurus, pronunciation, and note-taking features. Material is opened from a file, scanned in, or created within the program, then saved as a document for output. 

Screen Magnifier

  • Screen magnifier allows a person with low vision to enlarge and enhances everything on the computer screen, making your computer easier to see and use. Content from as little as 1.2 times incrementally up to 24 times. Magnification can also be used in conjunction with available speech output features.  

Screen Readers 

  • Screen readers articulate in human sounding speech text, labels and other objects displayed on a computer screen enabling blind or low vision users to hear a description of both the content and location of the cursor in a specific application or program. 

Voice Recognition Software  

  • Speech recognition software allows the user to speak into a microphone on a computer with the software, translating the spoken words into text. The software makes it easier to interact with a computer without manually using a keyboard or mouse.