Disability Resources

Assistive Technology


JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is the world's most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC. 

JAWS can be found on the Assistive Technology computers located in DRS and the Computer Commons alcove.


Kurzweil 3000/Firefly provides a comprehensive suite of support for students; including reading, writing, study skills, and test taking. Built-in tools foster active participation throughout the full learning process—while anytime, anywhere access to curricula promotes independent learning at home and in the classroom.

  1. Reading: Using the highest quality text-to-speech voices, combined with instant access reference tools, Kurzweil 3000-firefly enables students to read text that is at or just beyond their proficiency level.
  2. Comprehension: Highlighting critical information in multiple colors and reacting to instruction embedded in the text reinforces close reading and helps students develop a deeper comprehension of content matter.
  3. Writing: Graphic organizers and writing templates help students to organize complex thoughts, connect ideas with supporting evidence, and employ academic vocabulary—Kurzweil 3000-firefly acts as an all-in-one tool that guides students through the writing process.

​Kurzweil can be found on the Assistive Technology computers located in DRS, the Computer Commons alcove, and the Southwest Skills Center. Firefly can be accessed with any internet connection and a log-in and password provided by DRS.  

Livescribe Smart Pens:
Record everything students hear and say
Link audio recordings to notes
Replay audio directly from paper by tapping on Livescribe dot paper
Share notes and pencasts as images.

Livescribe pens are checked out to students on a semester-by-semester basis. 

Dragon, the world’s best-selling speech recognition software, allows students to dictate documents, search the web, email and more on a computer — quickly and accurately — just by using voice.

Dragon can be found on the Assistive Technology computer located in DRS.