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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is a generic term that includes a variety of products, devices, and software applications used by individuals with disabilities to participate and interact with the world around them.

Assistive Technology Center (ATC)

The ATC Lab, uses alternative software and hardware to meet the needs of students with various disabilities. Computer programs and equipment help students with class work, improve their learning skills, and prepare for tests. The ATC Lab is located within DSPS and is intended for academic use only. We offer open lab hours as well as time set aside for trainings and workshops.
The ATC Lab is available on a first-come, first-served basis and hours are subject
to change weekly.

Assistive Technologies Available

Reading Difficulties

  • Kurzweil 3000
  • JAWS-Zoom Text (Fusion)
  • Read & Write
  • Natural Reader
  • CCTV - closed-circuit monitor for enlarging text and other colored pictures

Writing Difficulties

  • Read & Write
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • Windows Speech Recognition - voice recognition program used for dictation

Alternative Equipment

  • Joystick - alternate choice for mouse operation
  • Keyboard guard - to assist with typing
  • Adjustable tables - for raising and lowering computers
  • Chairs - adjustable and ergonomic
  • Bat keyboard - one-handed keyboard

Other Technologies

  • Smart Pen
  • Digital Recorder
  • FM Listening Device
  • And more

If you have any questions, please contact our ATC Lab staff at 916-484-8351 or by email at You are always welcome to tour the Assistive Technology Center and ask questions.