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Assistive Technology

Examples of Assistive Technology

  • Spell Checkers
  • Alternative Textbooks
  • Word Prediction Software
  • Voice Recognition Software
  • Screen Magnification Software
  • Writing/Organization Software
  • Alternative Keyboards
  • Screen Reading Software
  • Memory Devices
  • Talking Calculators

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!

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. Or a student with a spelling disability may be eligible to use a portable spell checker.)

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 Commission for the Blind, etc.)

Q: Will anyone show me how to use it?

A: Yes, once a match has been determined, training sessions can be scheduled at the Learning Accommodations Center.

Q: How long will I need to train?

A: The training time for different assistive technology varies. Some devices or software requires only 2 to 3 training sessions, while others may require weekly sessions for a few months before you are comfortable using the technology independently. It also depends on your skill level at the beginning of the training sessions.

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Available Assistive Technology may vary each semester.