Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (often abbreviated as AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software or product system that is used to increase, maintain or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Assistive technology includes products and services to help people who have difficulty speaking, typing, writing, remembering, pointing, seeing, hearing, learning, walking, etc. Different disabilities require different assistive technologies. Assistive technology products are designed to provide additional accessibility to individuals who have physical or cognitive difficulties, impairments and disabilities. When selecting assistive technology products, it is crucial to find products that are compatible with the computer operating system and programs on the particular computer being used.

Assistive Technology Equipment Loans
Assistive technology equipment loans are available at all Georgia State University locations at their respective Disability Services offices. Additionally, equipment can also be loaned out at the University Library, second floor at the Atlanta location. Students have the flexibility to check out equipment on a semester basis. Equipment loans are due on or before the last day of class of the respective semester. Failure to return equipment will result in a hold placed on the students account. In the event that the equipment has been lost, it is the student’s responsibility to replace the lost equipment in order to remove the hold.

Available Assistive Software

  • JAWS for Windows: A screen reading software for visually impaired users produced by the Blind and Low Vision Group at Freedom Scientific. It provides the user with access to the information displayed on the screen via text-to-speech or by means of Braille display and allows for comprehensive keyboard interaction with the computer. It is a top of the line screen reader with internet capabilities, email access and full compatibility with Microsoft products such as Microsoft Office.
  • Zoom Text Magnifier: Enlarges and enhances everything on the computer screen to make all of the applications easier to see and use.
  • Read&Write Gold: A literacy support tool designed to provide extra assistance to users when reading or composing text via text-to-speech and voice recognition. It is a customizable easy to use toolbar that directly integrates with familiar applications including Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer and Adobe Reader, allowing students to access the support tools they need from within the programs they use every day. The product highlights and reads text aloud using natural sounding voices and also includes a comprehensive set of support tools for reading, writing, studying, research and test taking.
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking: Speech recognition software with three primary functions:
    • Dictation, whereby spoken language is transcribed to written text.
    • Commands that control, whereby spoken language is recognized as a command to click widgets (controls).
    • Text-to-speech, whereby written text is converted to synthesized audio stream.
  • Wynn Wizard: Scanning and reading software that scans printed pages and converts them into electronic text. It reads scanned text, word processing documents, Adobe Acrobat PDF files, text files and the internet.
  • Inspiration: Visual thinking and learning tool to plan, research and complete projects.
  • MAGic: screen magnification and screen reading solution for low vision computer users.
  • Premiere Literacy Productivity Pack: A suite of assistive software including talking dictionary, talking calculator, talking word processor, text reader, text-to-audio, etc.

Available Assistive Hardware

  • Merlin, Telesensory and Opetelec Spectrum Magnifier (CCTV), low vision video and image magnifier: A closed circuit television (CCTV) that uses a video camera to project a magnified image onto a TV screen to assist individuals with visual impairments accomplish daily tasks such as reading, writing, viewing photos, etc.
  • Touch-screen monitors
  • Humanware Digital Talking Book Player: Plays audiobooks (DAISY digital books).
  • Talking Dictionary and Thesaurus: Audio dictionary and thesaurus with word search.
  • Phonak Hearing System
  • Getner PTX Transmitter: Used in combination with hearing aids to improve hearing.
  • FM Receiver Transmitter System
  • Senseview and Opal portable magnifiers
  • QuickInk Pen Elite: Scans and stores printed text. Capable of audio read-back with wireless and USB connection.
  • ReadingPen: Used for improved reading skills. Provides definitions and translations.
  • Docupen: Scans printed text and documents.
  • Laptops for deaf and hard of hearing students that use C-Print.
  • Expert mouse: For comfort of fingertips and wrists.
  • Infogrip BIGtrack mouse: For people with mobility or fine motor limitations.
  • SmartNAV Hands free mouse.
  • Plantronics digital enhanced headsets.
  • Colby digital stereo headphone with dual volume control.
  • Digital audio recorders.
  • Braille printer
  • Adjustable desks.

Assistive Technology Labs
Atlanta

  • Library North, second floor: Inspiration, Dragon, JAWS, Zoom Text, Open Book, Read&Write Gold, Premier Literacy Productivity Pack, Braille Printer, scanner and a big monitor.
  • College of Education and Human Development, second floor: Inspiration, Dragon, JAWS, Zoom Text, Read&Write Gold, Premier Literacy Productivity Pack and Braille Printer.
  • College of Law Library, 85 Park Place, NE, fifth and sixth floor: Inspiration, Dragon, JAWS, Zoom Text, Open Book, Read&Write Gold, Premier Literacy Productivity Pack, braille printer, scanner and a big monitor.
  • University Career Services, Student Center West, Suite 270: Inspiration, Dragon, JAWS, Zoom Text, Read&Write Gold, Premier Literacy Productivity Pack, braille printer, scanner and Expert mouse.
  • The MILE, University Commons: Inspiration, Dragon, Zoom Text, Read&Write Gold, Premier Literacy Productivity Pack and braille printer.
  • African American Studies, One Park Place, Room 962: JAWS, Zoom Text, Read&Write Gold and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.
  • Arts and Humanities, computer lab, second floor, Room 200: JAWS, Zoom Text and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.
  • Recreation Center, 101 Piedmont: JAWS and Zoom Text.
  • Student Support Services, Sparks Hall, Suite 145: Zoom Text, Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.
  • Black Student Achievement, Student Center East, Suite 300: JAWS, Zoom Text and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.

Alpharetta

  • Learning and Tutoring Center, Room 1130: Read&Write Gold, MAGic, JAWS and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.
  • Georgia State University Library, Learning Resource Center, Room 1230: Read&Write Gold, MAGic, JAWS and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.
  • Open computer lab, Room 1250: Read&Write Gold, MAGic, JAWS and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.

Clarkston

  • Learning and Tutoring Center, Building CB, Suite 1200: Read&Write Gold, MAGic, JAWS and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.
  • Georgia State University Library, Jim Cherry Learning Resource Center, Building CL: Read&Write Gold, MAGic, JAWS and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.
  • Open computer lab, Building CL, Suite 2350: Read&Write Gold, MAGic, JAWS and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.

Decatur

  • Learning and Tutoring Center, Building SF, Suite 1200: Read&Write Gold, MAGic, JAWS and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.
  • Georgia State University Library, Building SA, third floor, Room 1300: Read&Write Gold, MAGic, JAWS and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.
  • Open computer lab, Building SF, Suite 2200: Read&Write Gold, MAGic, JAWS and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.

Dunwoody

  • Learning and Tutoring Center, Room NLRC 3200 (Top floor of the library): Read&Write Gold, MAGic, JAWS and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.
  • Georgia State University Library, Learning Resource Center: Read&Write Gold, MAGic, JAWS and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.
  • Open computer lab, Room NE 0160 (Top floor of the library): Read&Write Gold, MAGic, JAWS and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.

Newton

  • Learning and Tutoring Center, Building 2N, Suite 3300: Read&Write Gold, MAGic, JAWS and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.
  • Georgia State University Library, Building 2N, third floor, Room 3100: Read&Write Gold, MAGic, JAWS and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.
  • Open computer lab, Building 1N, Suite 2200: Read&Write Gold, MAGic, JAWS and Premier Literacy Productivity Pack.