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Available Assistive Technology

OCR & Scanner:

Students can request that a computer and scanner, in the open computer labs at SVSU, be equipped with OCR software.  This software allows students to scan in syllabi or chapters from books.  The text can be saved on the students M-drive or a Jump drive.  If the student chooses to listen to the materials in the lab, they are responsible for bringing their own headphones.  Headsets with longer cords are recommended.  The request is good fr the entire semester.


This screen reading software can be loaded on any classroom computer for a student who is legally blind.

Assistive Listening Device:

An FM unit can be checked out from the circulation desk in the library on a daily basis.


This software can be loaded on any classroom computer for students with low vision.

Read & Write Gold:

This software program is available in Disability Services for students with dyslexia.  Students should schedule a time to use.

Text-A-Loud and Natural Reader:

These screen reading software programs are available in Disability Services for any student to use.  These programs also convert text to audio files.  Students should schedule a time to use.


Students who are blind may have tests, syllabi, and short documents embossed on campus.  Textbooks and larger documents are sent off campus.

Testing Room:

A screen reader, Natural Reader, is available in the alternative testing room for students who are eligible.


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Ann Coburn-Collins,
Director of Academic Support Programs

Wickes 260

Scott MacLeod
Assistant Director of Disability Services & Academic Support

Wickes 260

Deborah Rickert
Office Coordinator

Science East 201/Wickes 260