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Assistive Technology Support

The OAS offers a variety of resources to help meet specific accommodations in accordance with documentation. Assistive technology is a device, software, or equipment that facilitates support for in-person and digital content accessibility. It can be low tech or high tech or a combination of both. The OAS works collaboratively with students and faculty to ensure the best technological resource fit for each student. To qualify, students must submit documentation of a disability and show how assistive technology helps remove barriers. Students must also request this accommodation along with a signed agreement form every semester. Below is a list that includes, but is not limited to, our current assistive technology support resources.

Note-taking Assistance

This accommodation may be helpful for students who are unable to take notes due to a disability. Assistance can be through the use of note-taking software systems or recording devices. Please note the OAS strictly adheres to ECSU campus recording policies and personal recording devices are not allowed under any circumstances without permission.
  • Award-winning technology allows you to engage with the note-taking process to suit your learning style. Record lectures and organize your notes in a way you learn best. 

    Learn more about Sonocent Audio Notetaker

  • Create pencasts with our Echo or Aegir Smartpens that record audio and everything you write. You can replay recordings from exact time stamps as well as transfer your notes into cloud services to keep them stored. 

    Learn more about Livescribe Smartpens

  • A traditional option to record lectures as needed. These recorders are small, lightweight, and easy to navigate. You can save, create, or transfer your audio files via USB connection. Limited models available.

    Learn more about Olympus recorders

Speech to Text

Speech to text software programs that have automatic speech recognition software (ASR) capacity also vary. Below is a list to suit an array of needs for both desktop and mobile devices to help you get started. Please note that services and features range between free and paid subscriptions.  

  • Generates notes for voice conversations. Get 600 minutes for free.

    Learn more about Otter ai

  • A transcription of real-time speech and sound captured on your screen.   

    Learn about Live Transcribe and other helpful speech to text apps on Google Play

  • A recording, transcription and syncing service on iOS devices.

    Learn more about Just Press Record

Text to Speech

Text-to-speech assistive technology (TTS) reads digital text aloud. There are quite a few apps that facilitate this feature on many types of devices. Below are are few we recommend. Please note that services and features range between free and paid subscriptions. 

Alternative Formats

This request provides a range of ways to access content material and information. At ECSU, you can use SensusAccess: a self-service media software system that creates documents into alternative formats, such as audio, e-books, MP3, digital Braille, DAISY, electronic or other print requirements that faciliate access. You can learn more about our self-service media conversion software system, SensusAccess, on our Digital and print accessibility page.

Screen Readers

This form of assistive technology allows for print and image content on a screen to be heard or read (through Braille output) by people that are blind or have severe visual impairments. We recommend a free, open source screen reader, NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access) for Microsoft Windows. NVDA enables access and interaction with the Windows operating system and many third party applications.
  • Learn more about NVDA

Optelec Magnifier

A desktop magnifier with an enlarged screen that enhances books and other items placed under its lens.

General Accessibility Features on Devices

Your personal devices have many features that help improve access. Use the links below as a quick reference that might suit your needs. You can also view our Online Support Resources page for a broader range of accessible tech support platforms.