Assistive technology (AT) is available for students with a disability that need hardware, software, or equipment to improve their functional capabilities in the classroom. Assistive technology benefits students who have difficulty with language, auditory and/or visual processing, and those have difficulty taking notes in class to name a few. If you are registered with the Learning Access Program, and believe that you may benefit from assistive technology, please contact us at 609.652.4988 to schedule an appointment with our Adaptive Technology Specialist, Maria Spade.
AT available on campus
Below are some tools that the Learning Access Program has made available either throughout its campuses or through short-term trial loan to students registered with the office.
- Read&Write Gold is a program that makes the web, documents, and files more accessible through an intuitive and user-friendly toolbar that assists students, faculty, and staff with everyday tasks such as reading text aloud, understanding unfamiliar words, researching assignments and proofing written work. This program is great for those with learning difficulties, English Language Learners, and/or anyone who needs extra help with their reading and writing. Students can download this program, at no cost, through the portal on the Student Life tab. Faculty and staff can place a request through Information Technology Services to have it installed on their computer. Information and support videos are available on how to download Read&Write Gold.
- Kurzweil provides built-in features for reading, writing and study skills for those students struggling with literacy. This program is designed to help students become independent learners, active participants with their education, and assist students to achieve full academic potential.
- JAWS is a screen reader, which was developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse.
- ZoomText is a screen magnifier for Microsoft Windows tailored for low vision users.
- Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice-driven program that allows students to create, format and edit documents by thinking out loud. This program is designed to help students increase productivity, creativity, and multi-tasking.
- Smartpens work like a pen, but use Bluetooth technology to record audio and send it to a smartphone, tablet, or PC. This product is designed to help students capture the most from classroom lectures and documents information that could be missed while in the classroom.
- Handheld Magnifiers are small electronic magnifiers that magnify text and is for use in the classroom. The product contains continuous magnification and has large intuitive buttons for easier navigation.
- FM Systems use radio waves to send speech and other signals to hearing aids. We carry the traditional transmitter microphone/receiver and Roger Pens.
- Digital Goniometers including a HALO, which is both an inclinometer and goniometer that allows you to record a patient's measurement with one hand.
- Thunder T3 earmuffs feature Air Flow Control technology that reduce noise in the room.
The Learning Access Program has compiled a list of programs and applications that may be helpful for students struggling with reading, writing, note taking, and time management. The tools below include applications available through Apple and Android app stores for either free or at a minimal cost. The Learning Access Program and Stockton University do not endorse or recommend any of the applications other than what the office has purchased, but are providing the information as a resource to students.
Evernote: Organizes notes that sync between iPhone, iPad, and Apple Watch.
Penultimate: Note taking with a stylus. Digital handwriting and sketching program.
Notability: Assists with notetaking, marking up PDF's, lecture slides and other forms.
AudioNote - Notepad and Voice Recorder: Synchronizes notes and audio. Notes can be taken at the time of recording or added later, and each link to the recording so your text, drawings, and photos highlight during playback.
Pages: Helps create reports, resumes, and documents. Syncs with iCloud.
SoundNote: Note taking program that tracks what you type or draw while recording audio. Audio playback occurs by tapping a word or drawing.
WritePad: Advanced note-taking app that converts handwritten notes to digital text.
QuickVoice Recorder: One touch recording for seconds or hours that syncs recordings to computers.
ListNote Speech-to-Text Notes: Takes notes as you speak. Notes are searchable through key words and filters.
Dragon Dictation: Voice recognition application by Dragon NaturallySpeaking that allows you to dictate documents, emails, and status updates on Social Networking applications.
NaturalReader Text to Speech: Converts Microsoft Word documents, PDF files and e-books into spoken words. This program can assist students who want to hear the flow of documents written before submitting.
Speechify - Text to Audiobook: Create audiobooks out of almost anything. Instantly listen to any pdf or highlighted text with the tap of a button.
Speak it!: Documents, emails, PDF's, and web pages can be placed into this program and the text will be spoken back. Audio files can be created and sent via email.
Ideament: Easily draw diagrams such as mind maps, concept maps, or flow charts and convert it to a text outline. Data from emails, documents or web pages can also be imported into the program. (Formerly Idea Sketch)
AppWriter US: Text editor for the iPad that features context based word suggestions, text-to-speech, integrated PDF reader, custom keyboard and a special Dyslexia-font. This program is designed to help students with reading and writing disabilities.
Zoom Reader: Pairs with iOS device's camera to magnify and read printed text. This program is designed to help people who are visually impaired or have low vision.
VisionAssist: Magnifier that works with Apple devices. This program is designed to help people who are visually impaired or have low vision.
Graphing Calculator by Mathlab: Scientific graphing calculator for Android. Designed to help develop math skills, problem solving and critical thinking.
inClass: Organize class schedules, video notes, audio notes, and photo notes.
myHomework Student Planner: Track classroom assignments, homework, and tests in a calendar display. Supports block and period-based schedules. Calendar can be synced to other platforms.
Graphing Calculator HD: Scientific calculator
Other Application Resources
- NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a "screen reader" that reads the text aloud. It can also convert the text into braille if the user has a "braille display."
Accessibility for Windows
- Windows 8
- Windows 10
- VoiceOver is a built-in screen reader available on Mac computers, iPhone and iPad that allows the device to read aloud icons, menus and web articles making it easier for the blind and those with low-vision to use a computer.