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Assistive Technology

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"Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.

  • AT can be low-tech: communication boards made of cardboard or fuzzy felt.
  • AT can be high-tech: special-purpose computers.
  • AT can be hardware: prosthetics, mounting systems, and positioning devices.
  • AT can be computer hardware: special switches, keyboards, and pointing devices.
  • AT can be computer software: screen readers and communication programs.
  • AT can be inclusive or specialized learning materials and curriculum aids.
  • AT can be specialized curricular software.
  • AT can be much more—electronic devices, wheelchairs, walkers, braces, educational software, power lifts, pencil holders, eye-gaze and head trackers, and much more.

Assistive technology helps people who have difficulty speaking, typing, writing, remembering, pointing, seeing, hearing, learning, walking, and many other things. Different disabilities require different assistive technologies." ("What is assistive technology?," 2018).


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Assistive Technology at Texas State University

Dragon Naturally Speaking

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Dragon Naturally Speaking allows you to speak, and your words appear on screen in letters, spreadsheets, and forms. You can dictate reports and papers; enter data; fill-in forms; send e-mail; and work on the Web-all by voice!

Duxbury Systems

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Duxbury allows you to import MS Word files and turn them into Braille at the touch of a button. You can also create Braille from virtually any word processor, scan in information, use information from the World Wide Web, or create documents with a built-in word processor.



JAWS works with your PC to provide access to today’s software applications and the Internet. With its internal software speech synthesizer and the computer’s sound card, information from the screen is read aloud, providing technology to access a wide variety of information, education and job related applications. JAWS also outputs to refreshable Braille displays.

Juliet Pro Embosser

Juliet Pro Embosser is an impact printer that renders text as tactile braille cells. The Juliet Pro not only produces high-quality Braille, it is unique because it can produce such a wide Braille line. It is a durable, desktop embosser manufactured with high quality materials. It produces high-quality double-sided Braille up to 56 characters per line, at up to 55 characters per second.


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Kurzweil is a text-to-speech software that helps all individuals succeed regardless of ability or learning style. Users of all ages can access the reading, writing, and studying tools they need at Texas State or at home.

Sorenson Video Relay Service (VRS)

Sorenson Video Relay Service (VRS) is a free service for the deaf and hard of hearing community that enables anyone to conduct video relay calls with family, friends, or business associates through a certified American Sign Language (ASL) interpreter. A VRS system is located on the 3rd floor of Alkek Library and is available for use by any member of the university community or library visitor. If you are interested in using the VRS system stop by the Periodicals/Media Desk to check out the VRS remote control activation device.

Tactile Graphic Maker

Zy-Fuse Heater

Tactile Graphic Maker Zy-Fuse Heater is an innovative piece of technology which is used in conjunction with Zy-Tex paper to produce tactile diagrams. The printed diagram is passed through the Zy-Fuse which causes the black ink to swell and form the end product of a diagram which can be examined using the hands.


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ZoomText enlarges, enhances and reads aloud everything on the screen making computers accessible and friendly to low-vision users.

Additional Adaptive Equipment on Campus

  • Desktop Workstation
  • High-Speed Scanner
  • Laser Printer
  • Scanners


Questions regarding assistive technologies should be directed to the ODS Accessibility Coordinator via email at or phone at 512.245.3451.