Assistive Technology

According to Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act; Assistive technology, or AT, means technology designed to be utilized in an assistive technology device or assistive technology service.

What is an assistive technology device?

An ``assistive technology device´´ is any item, piece of equipment, or product system, used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.

What about assistive technology service?

``Assistive technology service´´ is any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device.

What sort of assistive technology and services does UNC offer students with disabilities?

The University of Northern Colorado offers Assistive Technology use and training for students registered with Disability Support Services. DSS also assists students who receive alternative text such as audio format, Braille and/or enlarged print.

There is an adaptive technology room available on the main floor of Michener Library in room 117L. This room is open the same hours as the library and can be accessed by checking out the key at the Circulation Desk. For more information about library services for individuals with disabilities, please see the library's website.

The following is a current list of what is available at DSS, for more information about these software and devices please see our AT Guide.


  • Abbyy FineReader
  • Duxbury Braille Translator
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • Jaws
  • NaturalReader
  • TextAloud


  • Brailler: Juliet, Perkins, Versa
  • CCTV: Acrobat LCD SyncMaster 2243, Merlin LCD
  • FM System: Conversor Individual, Phonic Ear Lexis, Phonic Ear Easy Listener, Sennheiser Infraport - Set 810 S
  • Handset Amplifier: Ameriphone HA-40
  • Livescribe Smart Pen (Training Purposes Only)
  • Noise Reducing Headphones
  • Talking Scientific Calculator
  • Videophone: Sorenson nTouch VP
  • Raised Line Drawing Kits
  • Ubiduo communication device