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Assistive Technology

According to the definition proposed in the Assistive Technology Act of 1998, Assistive or Adaptive Technology  commonly refers to “... any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquire commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.”

Assistive Technology & You

Students use assistive technology for many reasons: increased self-reliance, the ability to work more independently, improvement in self-esteem, and better grades!

Examples of Assistive Technology

  • Alternative Textbooks
  • Word Prediction Software
  • Voice Recognition Software
  • Screen Magnification Software
  • Writing/Organization Software
  • Alternative Keyboard
  • Text-to-Speech Software
  • Screen Reading Software
  • Desktop Video Magnifier (CCTV)
  • LiveScribe SmartPen
  • Talking Calculator
  • Spell Checker
  • Alternative Listening Device (FM System)

Please contact the Learning Accommodations Center at 978-556-3654 to learn more about Assistive Technology Services and whether you may be eligible to benefit from this type of support.

FAQs About Assistive Technology

Q: What is Assistive Technology?

A: Assistive technology is any software, hardware, equipment, or portable device that helps to enable the user to fully participate in an activity. (For example; a student with low-vision is able to see a computer screen with magnification software.)

Q: How do I know that Assistive Technology may be beneficial to me?

A: First, qualified professionals here at the college review your documentation. Then an informal technical assessment is completed to help match technology to your needs. Otherwise; we recommend that you work with a community resource for a comprehensive Assistive Technology Evaluation. (i.e. Massachusetts Rehabilitation, or Mass Commission for the Blind, etc.)

Q: Will anyone show me how to use it?

A: Yes, one-on-one personalized training on assistive technology software/equipment is provided by the Assistive Technology Specialist at the Learning Accommodations Center.

Q: How long will I need to train?

A: The training time varies for different assistive technology. Some devices or software may require only 1 training session, while others may require weekly sessions for a while, until you are comfortable using the technology independently. This can depend on your skill level at the beginning of the training session.

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Available Assistive Technology may vary each semester.