Assistive Technology

Person's hands using a refreshable braille display

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 tasks1

Students, to arrange an assistive technology training or support appointment, email or contact your Disability Specialist for a referral.  

You can learn more about the Assistive Technology available at SF State below. 

Assistive Software

Supported Assistive Software at SF State
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 Literacy Software Web License PC, Mac
Dragon Naturally Speaking Voice Command Limited Seat License PC
Duxbury Braille Translator Braille Translation Limited Site License PC

Assistive Hardware

  • 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

Locations on campus

The DPRC collaborates with campus IT providers to install or place assistive technology at widely-available computer labs and classrooms across campus. Here are some of the locations


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.


Please visit our Assistive Technology Resources page for additional information.