Assistive Technology

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

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.

Students must register with the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) and work with their disability services specialist to determine if they qualify for assistive technology accommodations.

Assistive Technology Locations

  • The Center for Accessibility Services Assistive Technology Lab
    Open Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • McConnell Library Assistive Technology Room on level 2
    Open during library hours
    Walk-in or book in advance by contacting the library’s front desk at 540-831-5964 or

Assistive Technology Products and Services

This is not a comprehensive list as CAS works with students on a case by case basis.

Equipment available to use within the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS)

  • Apple iPads
  • Apps for iPad
  • Laptops
  • Mac and Windows desktops
  • Jaws: Screen Reader software
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking software
  • ZoomText magnification software
  • Headphones
  • Noise cancelling headphones
  • Microphones for dictation
  • Electronic magnifier

Equipment Available for Loan*

  • Smart pens –Livescribe Echo pen with Note books
  • Kurzweil: Reader Software
  • Mp3 players
  • Digital Recorders
  • Victor ReaderStream
  • Portable ZoomText camera kit
  • SP-USB-MIC-Model-6
  • Comfort Audio: FM HD communication system available with earphones or T-coil inductive neck loop for use with or without hearing aids
  • Geemarc Amplified Hearing Assistant
  • Contego Comfort Audio FM Systems

*Student must register with the Center for Accessibility Services (CAS) and qualify for the required use of the equipment. Some equipment is available on a two week period only. The student is financially responsible for the equipment while checked out. If necessary a hold will be placed on the student’s Radford account until the equipment is returned or paid for.


  • Assistive technology training
  • Alternate text format
  • Classroom accessibility
  • Instructional materials’ access
  • Proctor tests requiring assistive technology
  • Assisting with assistive technology housing needs
  • Equipment lending services

Faculty and Staff Training

Training in providing students with alternate text or assistive technology is available by contacting the Coordinator of Accessible Materials & Adaptive Services at