Assistive technology is assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative tools for people with disabilities. These tools can be either in the form of hardware or software.
If you feel that some form of assistive technology will help to reduce any barriers you are encountering or if you would like more information regarding assistive technology, please schedule an appointment by contacting the Office of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations (ARA) at (989) 964-7000.
ARA will provide certain assistive technologies if a student meets the appropriate accessibility requirements.
The software available in our testing rooms are Natural Reader and Jaws. Natural Reader is a text to speech software product and Jaws is a screen reading software product.
Students, faculty, staff and SVSU visitors may check out an amigo from Zahnow Library for assistance on campus. Please click here to learn more about the steps for checking out an amigo at SVSU.
An FM unit can be checked out from the circulation desk in Zahnow Library. If you opt to use this device, please ask for a Supervisor's help.
Students can purchase software or equipment for their personal use.
Writing and editing programs offer with the writing process. These can include, but are not limited to, prewriting and editing papers. Different programs can help with advanced spell checks, homonym checks, grammar tips, brainstorming or organizing.
Voice-Recognition Programs are speech-to-text programs that allow students to dictate papers into the computer.
Screen readers are text-to-speech software programs that enable the computer to read what is on the computer screen. Some allow the text file to be converted into an audio file for use on an iPod or MP3 player.
Visual Impairment Programs specialize in capable technology that assists in teaching those with visual accessibility requirements.
Multifunction software and tools consists of programs or tools that are used for more than one function.
Director of Academic Support Programs
Associate Director of Accessibility Resources and Accommodations