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. 

Note Taking Support Options/Apps

Note Taking Support Options/Apps

The purpose of note taking is to capture lecture or reading information effectively. Notes are an important tool for learning. Reviewing effective notes after class enables students to cement their learning. 


Microsoft OneNote

  • Audio record lectures with sound being linked to your notes
  • Organize all your notes in one place
  • Able to import/insert documents and pictures
  • Use highlighters to annotate notes
  • Access your notes from any device or operating system
  • Free to Radford Students
  • To start using go to Microsoft OneNote





  • Use in class or for online learning 
  • Collect audio recordings, text notes and slides in one place
  • Quickly navigate audio recordings to locate important information 
  • Become an active learner in class 
  • to begin using to to GLEAN



  • Provides a live transcript of lectures
  • Capture your thoughts, ideas as you walk or drive to classes
  • Free version that provides 600 minutes per month, each month
  • Paid version 



Notability (Apple Store)

  • Free and paid versions available
  • Works on iPad, Macbook, and iPhone
  • Record lectures, handwrite notes using a stylus, incorporate pictures
  • Note taking and PDF annotation




  • Type notes, create sketches, and add tasks with Evernote software anywhere
  • Has a free plan, also offers free trials of their premium subscriptions 
  • Provides templates for different types of notes
  • Ability to customize notes (sizes, fonts, colors, etc.)
  • Detailed directions on how to use 
  • Share notes with others

Speech to Text Options

Speech to Text


Voice Typing in Google 

  • Free to use
  • Domain-specific models, can be accessed on any device
  • Speak to the device and it will convert your words to text
  • Includes punctuation



VoiceNote (Google Play Store)

  • Will convert voice to text of a voice file
  • Import/Export files
  • Free version contains advertisements
  • Compatible with Androids



Microsoft built in

  • Called "Speech Recognition"
  • Free on Microsoft Products
  • Includes set up directions and tutorial
  • Works with Mocrosoft Word



IOS built in

Text to Speech Options

Text to Speech

Text to speech, also called reading software, reads computer text out loud. This tool assists in increasing comprehension and decreasing time spent reading. 





Natural Reader 

  • Converts text to mp3 files so you can listen anywhere
  • Free version has set limits that are not specified



Voice Dream Reader (Apple Store)




  • Copy and paste text and have to converted to a pdf
  • Takes some time to convert large documents



Microsoft build in text to speech 

  • Can add "speak" to quick access toolbar in the Word, Outlook, Power Point, and One Note
  • Will read text aloud

Time Management Resources

Time Management Apps

Create a plan for prioritizing your time. Get those assignments completed before the due date and be prepared for your tests. 


Google Keep

  • Dark theme availible (less eye strain battery saver)
  • Customize with colors
  • Free and available anywhere




  • Available across all devices
  • Free versions allow you to track school work, receive reminders, sync devices (includes advertising)



My Study Life

  • Organize class work
  • Free, no advertisements and available on web



Remember the Milk

  • Provides reminders for tasks via email, text, and Twitter
  • Is a free downloadable application
  • Provides helpful tutorial
  • Compatible with Alexa and Siri
  • Sync devices

Read and Write Learning Software

Read & Write Software

Hear web pages and documents read aloud to improve reading comprehension, with choice of natural voices, highlight text, and much more. 

Read&Write (R&W) is literacy software with tools designed for reading, writing, study, and research support. It has reader software that works with our library articles, websites, and alternate format textbooks. It is a software that allows the reader to listen to text while reading. 

Want to know more? Interested in a free license for your computer? Great! Contact your CAS Access Specialist. 

Read&Write is available on different platforms.

Tools included with Read & Write

Select your preferred platform

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

Expectations for Checking Out CAS Equipment

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.