Accessible Technology

What is it?

Accessible technology (AT) is any product, process or service that enables a person to compensate for or work around a disability related limitation. 

Some examples of accessible technology include the use of:

  • Reading software (you listen, computer reads)
  • Dictation (you talk, the computer types)
  • Notetaking software/apps
  • Time management software/apps

Why Use It?

Using AT enables students to acquire skills that assist with academics by enabling students to take effective notes, increase comprehension and therefore perform well on tests and quizzes. The use of AT carries on into students' professional careers. 

How to get it?

Students must apply for services with the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) and work with their CAS Access Specialist to determine if they qualify for accessible technology accommodations and equipment. Length of loan for equipment is determined on a case by case basis. 

Technology for Learning

How to Use Captions in Zoom

How to utilize captions within ZOOM.

1. Go to the Zoom website, and sign in. (We use a SSO for our school's zoom account.)

2. In the left navigation menu, click settings.

3.Under the Meeting section, choose "In Meeting (Advanced)" and scroll to Closed Captioning. 

4. Turn ON (to blue) the button for Closed Captioning

5. Check the box next to "enable live transcription service to show transcript on side panel in-meeting".

6. Turn on the button (blue) for SAVE captions.

CAS Accessible Equipment Information

The Center for Accessibility houses many accessible technology products and software licenses to make available to CAS students to check out for a limited time. This enables students to try different technologies to determine if the product will be an effective tool. 

Expectations for Checking Out Equipment from the Center for Accessibility Services

Any physical technology checked out from the Center must be returned to the Center for Accessibility Services at the conclusion of each semester—December 15 (Fall) or May 15 (Spring). Any technology not returned to the Center for Accessibility Services will be assumed lost. A hold may be placed on the student’s request for official transcripts until the device is returned or the department is reimbursed for the cost of the technology.