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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, software solutions or product systems that are used 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.

Requesting Assistive Technology Services

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

  • Assistive Technology device loans (e.g. smartpens and audio note-taking software)
  • Informal assistive technology evaluation inquires
  • Assistive technology training and support

AT Services we offer:

  • Assistive technology consultations
  • Assistive technology training and support
  • Opportunities to demo AT tools and devices
  • Informal assistive technology evaluations for students, faculty and staff
  • Alternate format¬†of required course materials to ensure screen-reader accessibility
Assistive Technology Evaluations

SDS’s AT Specialist can provide informal evaluations for faculty, staff and students who may need to utilize assistive technology.

An evaluation typically includes:

  • A cursory overview of the individual’s needs and technology use history
  • An introduction to the AT supports available on campus and a demonstration of the respective technology that may be appropriate
  • A ¬†referral from an SDS disability or accessibility specialist for an informal evaluation would be required for students requesting an accommodation to use an assistive technology device in the classroom
Assistive Technology Software, Devices & Tools at SDS and UMBC

Assistive Technology and software available through SDS includes the following:

  • Text-to-Speech
  • Speech-to-Text
  • Screen Reading
  • Screen Magnification
  • LiveScribe Smart Pens
  • Audio recording (devices & software)
  • Adaptive Input Controllers
  • CCTV
Assistive Technology Tutorials

In addition to Assistive Technology at SDS, the AOK Library offers Assistive Technology workrooms available for use. For more information about accessing the library workrooms, please see AOK Library Assistive Technology.

Assistive Technology and Document Remediation services are coordinated through SDS’s Assistive Technology Specialist, Andrew Drummond. For more information, please contact adrumm@umbc.edu.
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.