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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (AT) can be used by people with a wide range of abilities and disabilities, and incorporates the principles of universal design. Each user is able to interact with the technology in ways that work best for them. Accessible technology includes any piece of equipment, product or system that is used to improve the functional capacities of people with disabilities. We really like this list of free or low-cost assistive technology, which was compiled by Augsberg College.

Technology Available at UVA

Quantities of some equipment and software are limited. Contact the SDAC for questions, concerns or support.

  • Read and Write Literacy Software

    A customizable, easy-to-use toolbar that seamlessly integrates with mainstream computer applications and offers you help as you work, highlights and reads text aloud using natural-sounding voices, and includes a comprehensive set of support tools. Free to all UVA students via the ITS Software Gateway

  • Sonocent Audio NoteTaker

           A notetaking technology that records the audio from class lectures into your laptop or mobile app with features that include easy audio navigation, audio highlighting, and slides/image importing.

  • Livescribe Smartpen

The smartpen is a ballpoint pen with an embedded computer and digital audio recorder. When used with Livescribe digital paper, it records what it writes for later uploading to a computer and synchronizes those notes with any audio it has recorded.