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Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology (AT) is a term for products and software that can assist people with disabilities to perform tasks more effectively or independently.

Qualifying students registered with Disability Support Services (DSS) can meet with the Assistive Technology Coordinator, to discuss what types of Assistive Technology (AT) they may be eligible for and receive training on how to utilize such products to access their curriculum. Choosing the right AT to meet the educational needs of each student can be challenging, therefore, DSS will assess what technology will best serve the student and their individual needs. Some examples of AT would be screen readers, word prediction, organizers, and listening devices.

DSS offers the following assistive technology to students registered with our office and provides the required documentation (not a comprehensive list):

Windows and Mac offer a variety of built-in accessibility features that can also help with reading, writing, and distractions. Learn more below:

You can download Microsoft Office and Adobe on your device at UAB IT Software and Applications.

Additional Assistive Technology Resources



Apps that are designed for reading include built-in features such as: reading text aloud to you (also known as text-to-speech) highlighting individual lines of text as you read removing distractions from your screen, or color masking (color overlay on your screen) read and annotate PDFs


Technologies designed to assist with writing include features such as: built-in editing features (i.e., grammar and spelling check) voice dictation, also known as speech-to-text tools for planning, drafting, and revising your work

Time Management

Apps in this category include features such as: task lists / to do lists timers you can use when studying, body doubling, or completing tasks distraction blockers

Please contact Disability Support Services- This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for assistance with assistive technology.