Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology refers to any "product, device, or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to maintain, increase, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities." The DRC utilizes AT to promote independence and employs a variety of options based on individual needs.

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. Closed-Captioned TVs, Zoom Text
  • Screen Readers (e.g. JAWS, Read&Write)
  • Text to Speech (e.g. Kurzweil 3000, Read&Write)
  • Adapted Computer Hardware (e.g. enlarged keyboards, adapted mice)
  • Recording Devices (e.g. Otter.ai, Livescribe Pen)
  • Assistive Listening Devices (e.g. FM systems)
  • Alternative Format Texts

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 DRC@uncw.edu. .

  • 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.