Assistive technology (AT) is any hardware, software, or piece of equipment that is commonly used to improve the functional capabilities of individuals with a disability. Due to Temple's coursework being moved to an online format, we understand that there might be a greater need for assistive technology support.
AT benefits anyone who:
- Experiences difficulty in using a mouse or keyboard.
- Struggles with language, auditory or visual processing.
- Cannot access information online because of a disability.
- Deals with pain or discomfort when computing.
- Encounters difficulty taking notes in class or completing written assignments.
- Has trouble managing attention deficit, or staying focused on work.
Software and Apps for students:
- Read & Write: is a powerful text-to-speech program that is free to all Temple students. It provides access to PDF and Word files. It provides study tools that allow students to extract highlighted passages for later use and vocabulary list builder.
- Kurzweil 3000 & 1000: similar to Read & Write, it provides text-to-speech support with a variety of document types. The major difference is the robust writing tools option for visual learners.
- Glean: Record lectures, and take notes in one neat package! Glean supports in-class and distance learned by providing audio and visual feedback for note taking.