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. Sonocent also offers a nice introductory video, if you would like more information on how it works.
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.
SDAC is excited to announce a new UVA partner, Sensus Access! This amazing program allows for 24/7 automatic digital conversion to accessible media. Do you want something changed from an image-only PDF to a readable PDF? Put it through Sensus Access, and get it back via email! Would you prefer it in mp3, so you can take it on the go? It does that too! What about BRF? Of course! Different languages? There are so many to choose from. Give it a try - it's a fantastic, versatile program.