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Assistive Technology Resources

Assistive Technology



Additional Resources


  • Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTV)
    • Davinci HD/OCR (Enhanced Vision)
    • Pulsedata Smartview 8000
  • Braille Embosser
    • Juliet Pro
  • Alternative Mice (trackballs, rollerball and trackpads)
  • Alternative Keyboards (natural and smaller size)


Text to Speech

Apps for iPad/Android

  • Search for "Text to Speech" or "Reading" apps in the app store for your device. There are many which are free and some pay versions as well. Since the apps offer different interfaces and options, it's best for you to do your own research on apps. Read the reviews and decide on the best fit for you, as you do for any other software you download/purchase.
  • One app you can look at to get you started is VoiceDream Reader, available for both iOS and Android

Voice Recognition

  • Speak to the computer to write papers, emails, or control the computer. Voice training is recommended to use this program.
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Word Prediction / Homophone Checker

Concept Mapping

Screen Overlays

  • Color Masking Tools which may make reading on a computer screen a bit easier
  • SS Overlay
  • T-Bar
  • WindowShades (SoftPedia Download site)

Screen Magnification

  • Enlarge the screen for visually impaired individuals with limited speech reading capabilities
  • MAGic
  • ZoomText

Screen Reader

  • Reads all information on the computer screen allowing access for visually impaired individuals.
  • JAWS
  • NVDA
  • Window-Eyes

Braille Translation

Additional Resources:

UA Library

The University of Arizona Library has many of the same programs offered at the Disability Resource Center.

Information regarding the programs and services offered by the UA Library can be found at

Office of Student Computing Resources (OSCR)

Along with the UA 24/7 IT Support Center, the Office of Student Computing Resources (OSCR) provides computing resources for all UA Students.

Digital Book Resources

  • Learning Ally (Formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic)
    • Learning Ally has a library of digitally recorded textbooks and literature titles
    • Membership is $99 per year, and includes unlimited access to the full library.
  • Bookshare
    • Bookshare is free for all U.S. students with qualifying disabilities
    • Bookshare offers digital books, textbooks, periodicals and assistive technology tools
  • Project Gutenberg
    • Free ebooks (copyright expired): choose among free epub books, free kindle books, download them or read them online