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Assistive Technology

Information about the various assistive technology software and devices offered at Penn State through Student Disability Resources

Assistive Technology refers to “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities.”

Text to Speech Software

Available through Student Disability Resources

Available as Freeware

Screen Reading Software

  • JAWS (available for Windows)
  • NVDA (free, open source; available for Windows)
  • Thunder (available for Windows)
  • Voiceover (pre-installed on Apple, iPhone, and iPad)
  • Webbie (available for Windows)

Note-Taking Tools