What is Assistive Technology?
Assistive technology (AT) is software, hardware, and adaptive equipment that enables individuals with disabilities to access information and technology. AT can include low tech devices such as digital recorders, to a range of high tech devices and computer programs. Assistive Technology removes barriers to access and promotes independence for people with disabilities. AT is located in multiple areas on campus, including computer labs and the library.
The DO-IT (Disabilities, Opportunities, Internetworking, and Technology) Center, located in Seattle, Washington, is focused on increasing awareness and access for people with disabilities. They offer resources for students, advocates, and educators on topics such as universal design, assistive technology, and career preparation.
Text to Speech
Read&Write is assistive technology software that helps with reading text out loud (text to speech), dictation, researching assignments, proofing written work and more. The Read&Write download instructions can walk you through downloading the software with your alaska.edu credentials. This software is free to students, staff, and faculty. There are many YouTube “how to” videos to learn all the helpful features of Read&Write. Here's the link to Read&Write Windows video tour and the link to Read&Write Mac video tour on YouTube. Please try it out and contact UAS Disability Services if you have any questions.