Assistive technology (AT) is any tool that helps an individual with disabilities perform tasks more effectively, easily, or independently. The goal of this site is to provide students, faculty, and staff with information about the various assistive technology software and devices offered at the University of Delaware through the Office of Disability Services as well as information on free and low cost technology options. Any student or employee at the University of Delare who thinks they many benefit from Assistive Technology is encouraged to contact the DSS office to discuss eligibility. One on one or group training sessions on Assistive Technology can be arranged upon request.
Available Assistive Technology
DSS has a limited amount of Livescribe Pens to loan out to students. The Smartpen is a ballpoint pen with an embedded computer and digital audio recorder. When used with Livescribe digital paper, it records everything you write, hear, or say. Replay your lectures by simply tapping on the notes. You can transfer your notes and audio to your computer for fast and easy access.
Kurzweil 3000 & Firefly Literacy Software
Kurzweil 3000 is an assistive technology text to speech learning tool that supports the concept of Universal Design for Learning. It contains a powerful suite of reading, writing, test-taking, and study skills tools that make curriculum accessible to all students. It is particularly appropriate for students with learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, those who require reading intervention, and students struggling with reading comprehension.
Dragon Dictation Software by Nuance
Dragon software is available for use in the Assistive Technology Centers on campus. By taking away the mechanical aspects of typing, Dragon software allows users create and edit documents, send email, or search the web with unparalleled speed, ease, and comfort – simply by speaking.
Digital Voice Recorders
DSS offers a limited supply of digital voice recorders. Recording in MP3 format, the portable recorders offer 4 GB of internal memory, up to 1,073 hours of recording time, and up to 96 hours of battery life. Intelligent Noise Cut reduces ambient noise, while scene select captures high-quality sound in any environment. The recorder comes with a USB cable.
ZoomText is a stand-alone piece of screen magnification software designed for individuals with vision impairment. The program allows you to see and hear everything on the computer screen as well as providing access to applications, documents, email and the Internet. Zoom Text Software is available in the ATC in the DSS office.
Large Print Keyboard
Large print keyboards are available in the ATC. They are specifically designed for individuals with visual impairment or low vision. They are available in the ATC in the DSS office and the Morris Library.
JAWS Screen Reading Software by Freedom Scientific
J.A.W.S. is a screen reader software program available to students in the Morris Library Assistive Technology Center (ATC) and the DSS ATC. This program makes personal computers accessible to students who are blind or visually impaired by using text-to-speech technology. J.A.W.S. also incorporates modified keyboard functions to allow students access to programs not generally accessible through standard Windows controls.