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Assistive Technology

AT allows students who need support outside of the regular classroom setting. All of the following examples are free to the public. Please let us know if we can be of assistance to your child. 


Reading Support

Natural Reader – Basic text-to-speech program. Listen to PDF files, webpages, e-books, e-textbooks, office documents, and even printed books. Magnification up to 72 point font or 200%. Available online or for download.

Writing Support

Grammarly – Grammarly eliminates spelling errors, writing mistakes, contextual errors, and poor vocabulary usage. Grammarly finds and corrects up to 10 times more mistakes than your word processor.

eType – Program auto-completes words as you type and spelling mistakes are corrected before they happen.
Integrates within most programs including Microsoft Word, Outlook, Gmail, Facebook, and more.

Note Taking Support

Evernote – A one-stop place to collect notes, files, web clippings, and images with the ability to access them on virtually any device. (Basic Version is free.)

Microsoft OneNote – Take all your notes in OneNote by typing, writing with a touchscreen, importing pictures, video, weblinks, and other resources. You can also divide up your classes and work by notebook, section, and pages. Search your notes for the ability to easily find what you need.

Dictation/Speech-to-Text/Speech Recognition

Dragon Dictation (iOS App) – Speech recognition software that dictates words into text messages, emails, social media, or paste into other apps and programs using the clipboard feature. *Compatibility: iOS: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch

Voice Typing in Google Chrome – Speech recognition within google chrome or google docs. Go into your Tools menu in the Google Chrome Browser and select Voice Typing, click on the microphone that pops up and start talking. Your text will be entered into the typing field and you will be able to correct mistakes without moving your cursor.

Vision Support

NVDA Screen Reader – NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA) is a free, open-source screen reader built for Windows-based operating system computers. Works with most applications such as web browsers, email, and Microsoft Office programs. *Compatibility: Windows

Built-in Accessibility

VoiceOver – Doesn’t just tell you what’s happening, it helps you make things happen. It tells you what’s on your screen, and walks you through actions like selecting a menu option or activating a button using your keyboard or trackpad. VoiceOver gives you complete control of your Mac, with no need to see the screen. And it’s already built-in. *Compatibility: iOS

Ease of Access Center – Centralized location in the Control Panel where you can adjust accessibility settings and programs.

Information from the University of Central Arkansas Disability Resource Center