Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT)

What is AT?

AT is technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.  


The DRC has a small inventory of AT devices that eligible students are able to borrow for a semester. The technology is made available to students at the beginning of each semester on a first-come, first-serve basis. Students are required to complete and sign an AT Check-Out Form and agree to return the device to the DRC at the end of the semester.


Students must meet the following criteria to borrow a device from the DRC:

  1. The student must be eligible for an accommodation that is consistent with the type of device borrowed. For example, a student requesting a loan of an FM System would need to be eligible for the accommodation of an FM System.
  2. The student must be registered with the DRC for the semester in which they are requesting the device loan.

Training & Support

Students who are currently enrolled with the DRC can schedule a meeting with a member of the DRC staff to receive training and support on assistive technologies that may help remove access barriers that have been created in the academic environment. To schedule a meeting, log in to the DRC Student Portal and select "Schedule an Appointment." Be sure to select the appropriate meeting type: Assistive Technology Consultation.

Some commonly used examples of AT the DRC may provide are:

  • Video Magnification (e.g. Zoom Text)
  • Screen Readers (e.g. Read&Write)
  • Text to Speech (e.g. Read&Write)
  • Adapted Computer Hardware (e.g. enlarged keyboards, adapted mice)
  • Recording Devices (e.g., Smart Pen)
  • Assistive Listening Devices (e.g. FM systems)
  • Alternate Textbooks

Read & Write by Texthelp

The DRC is proud to sponsor Texthelp's Read & Write and Orbit Note software as comprehensive literacy support tools for all UNCW students, staff, and faculty.   

To learn more about these tools, please visit Read & Write and Orbit Note.


Technology to Support Your Studies

The list of technology tools listed below are intended for informational and educational purposes only. Please note that links to other sites and applications may have different terms of use and privacy policies. In addition, a link to a non-UNCW website or link to access a third-party application does not mean that the Disability Resource Center endorses or accepts any responsibility for the content, or the use, of the linked website or application. If you decide to access any of the third-party websites or mobile applications linked in this guide, you do so at your own risk and are responsible for any financial requirements for paid material.

Reading & Writing

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Executive Functioning

Attention, Alerting, and Focus

  • Self-Control
  • Pomodoro
  • Alarmy


  • Notability
  • Evernote
  • One Note

Planning & Organization

  • Extensity
  • OneTab
  • Session Buddy
  • Google Keep
  • Google Tasks
  • Assignment Calculators

Study Skills

  • Quizlet
  • Study Blue 

Operating System Accessibility



Google & Android

Texthelp's Read&Write is a flexible literacy support tool that offers help with everyday tasks like reading text out loud, understanding unfamiliar words, researching assignments and proofing written work. This tool can help students to study, revise, proofread, and increase their understanding of content. For any questions or to find out more about assistive technology, students are encouraged to contact the DRC by phone at 910.962.7555 or by email at .

  • The DRC is proud to sponsor Read&Write as a Universal Design learning tool for all UNCW students, faculty, and staff.
  • DRC will offer virtual trainings throughout the year on the features of Read&Write and OrbitDoc, Texthelp's PDF reader.
  • To learn more about Read&Write and for links to download, please visit: Read&Write Information Page.