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Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive technology (AT) is an umbrella term that includes assistive, adaptive, and rehabilitative technologies such as devices, pieces of equipment, apps and software solutions to maintain, increase or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. AT is known to promote greater independence by enabling individuals to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish or could not accomplish without great difficulty. It has become a personal preference and often becomes personal equipment that an individual will use not only in the educational environment but throughout their career and daily life to improve access to all environments.

Requesting Assistive Technology Services

Please complete the Assistive Technology Request form for the following requests:

  • Assistive technology device loans through Student Disability Services (e.g. smartpens and audio note-taking software)
  • Assistive technology inquires and or recommendations (i.e. Does UMBC have Jaws or Zoomtext for screenreading and where can I find this software? Do you know of apps I can use on my personal device instead?)
  • Assistive technology demo for students, faculty and staff (i.e. How does it work? How is it helpful?)

NOTE: UMBC recommends the use of the Sonocent Audio Note Taking software for individuals who are approved for the accommodation of note taking assistance. Sonocent promotes active learning and research has shown an increase in GPAs when taking class notes using Sonocent tools. Please see videos below to learn more about Sonocent.

Assistive Technology and software used at UMBC:
  • Text-to-Speech
  • Speech-to-Text
  • Screen Magnification
  • Livescribe Smart Pens
  • Audio recording (devices & software)
  • Adaptive Input Controllers
  • CCTV
Assistive Technology Tutorials
Free/Low Cost Assistive Technology Apps

Free or Low Cost Assistive Technology for Everyone

In addition to Assistive Technology at SDS, the AOK Library offers an Assistive Technology workroom available for use by persons with disabilities. For more information about accessing the library’s AT room, please see AOK Library Assistive Technology.

For more information, please contact We also recommend students be familiar with the Division of Information Technology’s Student Resources website found at
an image of individual using a laptop with Sonnet audio note-taker. The image contains text that lists out the features of the product that include ability to tag notes, ability to view audio phrases in a visual manner and it also notes the ability to chunk recorded audio in into more 'digestible' audio-visual chunks.

an image of an individual using a Smart Pen in conjunction with an iPad.