Assistive Technology

The Disability Programs and Resource Center (DPRC) provides the campus with assistive technology licensing, training and support. The DPRC also manages the Accessible Technology Commons (ATC) lab that offers the latest in assistive technology for SF State students. 

Assistive technology, or adaptive technology, promotes greater independence by enabling people with disabilities to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to accomplish or had great difficulty accomplishing by providing enhancements to or changing methods of interacting with, the technology needed to accomplish such tasks.1

Name Type License Type Operating System(s)
JAWS Screen Reader Concurrent Site License PC
NVDA Screen Reader Open Source (Free) PC
ZoomText Screen Magnifier and Screen Reader Concurrent Site License PC
Kurzweil 3000 Text-to-Speech Web License PC, Mac, iOS
Dragon Naturally Speaking Voice Command Limited Site License PC and Mac
Duxbury Braille Translator Braille Translation Concurrent Site License PC
  • Braille Devices: Braille embossers, refreshable braille displays and note-taking devices (BrailleNote)
  • Video Magnifiers: CCTVs, portable magnifiers 
  • SmartPens: For use as a note-taking device. Additional SmartPen information
  • Other equipment: Digital audio recorders, Victor Readers

In addition to the Accessible Technology Commons (ATC), the DPRC works with IT providers on campus to install or place assistive technology at widely-available computer labs and classrooms across campus.

Training on assistive technology is available through the DPRC to students and employees with disabilities. Students and employees should first meet with a DPRC staff member in order to be referred for the training. The type and amount of training provided is determined on a case-by-case basis.

Campus units with assistive technology in their area may request consultation and support from the DPRC. Staff members in the DPRC work with the campus community on an ongoing basis to develop and implement additional assistive technology access wherever needed. To request consultation or support for assistive technology please complete the form at http://its.sfsu.edu/help.

Please visit the Computer Lab Accessibility Guidelines page for guidelines on signage, equipment, software and other elements for campus computer labs.

Please visit our Assistive Technology Resources page for additional information.