Student communicating with female staff member through assistive technology
A male student communicating via sign language to a female staff member
Dog guiding a visually impaired student

Assistive Technology

Computers equipped with specialized hardware and software are located at each campus. Currently, this includes JAWS (screen reading software), ZoomText (magnification and screen reading software) and Closed Circuit Televisions for text enlargement.  Additional software for use by all students is included on all campus computers in Open Lab locations and the ERC's.

  • HV Campus, ERC Reference Room
  • HV Open Lab, ERC Room
  • HV Campus AL 132
  • Blount Campus, Room 208
  • Magnolia Campus, in The Center
  • Strawberry Plains, Room 2654
  • Division Street, Room 208

Video Phones

iMac Video Phones are located at each campus.

  • Hardin Valley, GN-101
  • Blount County, BC-123
  • Division Street, DV 164
  • Magnolia Avenue, MA-142E
  • Strawberry Plains, SP-2936


If you would like to learn more about our AT resources and/or schedule demonstrations, contact us at  OpenLab sessions are offered weekly and space can be reserved using the Open Lab registration link under Resources.



  • ZoomText screen magnifier/reader (on access stations and in Testing Center only)
  • JAWS (Job Access With Speech) for Windows, screen reading software (on access stations and in Testing Center only, some concurrent use available)
  • NVDA (Non-Visual Desktop Access) free screen reading software (on all campus computers in open areas, on the computer image)
  • Natural Reader free text to speech software  (on all campus computers in open areas, on the computer image)
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred voice-recognition
  • Kurzweil 1000 scan/read/OCR/document conversion system (on access stations)
  • Dancing Dots Goodfeel-Sharpeye2-Lime music braille transcription system
  • Kurzweil 3000 with Firefly text reading, writing supports, reading the web (on all campus computers in open areas, on the computer image, requires a log in)
  • MathPlayer installs speech button for reading equations created with MathType in Word, must have MathType installed (limited licenses available on per need basis)
  • MathHear provides screen reading of math code as well as the ability to input steps to complete work (testing access stations only)
  • Dolphin Easy Reader reads epubs and other documents, also works with some screen reading software
  • AMIS works with some screen reading software, reads epub and DAISY files with text to speech (0nly works in Windows 7)

Open Source Software:Universal Tools for All Learners

Disability Services provides training and assistance in utilizing these resources and will work quickly to investigate and resolve accessibility issues.