The University of Wisconsin-Platteville's Disability Access Center provides assistive technology to help all learners have equal access to course materials. Assistive technology is any device, software, equipment, or tool that helps people with disabilities improve, maintain, or increase their functional capabilities. Essentially, what tools and software help you do, what you want to do more quickly, easily, or independently. Although Assistive Technology has traditionally been developed for people with disabilities, the applicability of much of this technology has been found to be useful to almost all of us at some point throughout our lives.
Available Technology Tools
UW-Platteville’s Disability Access Center offers assistive technology products and services that include:
- Livescribe Echo is a smartpen that can be used for notetaking. This self-contained ink-pen is packed with a microphone, speaker, and on-board storage.
- Glean for Notetaking allows you to type notes on a computer while syncing a PowerPoint presentation and the audio recording of a class lecture, together. The tool provides the ability to sync typed notes with audio recordings so you may find corresponding aspects of lecture or notes.
- Kurzweil 3000 Text-to-Speech Software is available at no cost to all UW–Platteville students. The software is compatible with PDF, Word Doc, Google, EPUB, or TXT files. In addition to adjustable text-to-speech features, Kurzweil 3000 includes highlighting, text notes, voice notes, dictionary, brainstorming, and writing tools.
- Students NOT currently receiving services from the DAC can use the button below to request a Kurzweil 3000 student account.
- FM Systems
Other assistive technologies are available. Please contact the Disability Access Center at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Assistive Technology Training
Assistive Technology software programs and tools such as these listed are available for loan to students registered within the Disability Access Center who qualify for their use. Some of these items may be checked out for personal use as well.
Our office provides services that can include:
- Assistive technology consultations to help you identify available resources and tools that can assist you with your learning.
- One-on-one assistive technology training to help you understand how to use the resources and tools.
- Group assistive technology training that allows you to learn in a community of peers.
Adaptive Technology Room
UW-Platteville’s Adaptive Technology Room is located in Karrmann Library, Room 207. Technology available in the Adaptive Technology Room includes
- Dragon Naturally Speaking
- Kurzweil 3000
- Adobe Acrobat
- Microsoft Office Suite
- Document scanner
- Topaz Desktop Magnifier