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Assistive Technology Available to CLASS Students

The following Assistive Technology software programs are available for students who work with the CLASS Office and qualify for use. Some of these items may be checked out for personal and classroom use. For more information, please contact the CLASS Office at 612-330-1053 or at

Reading/Literacy Support:


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  • Literacy software with a Text-to-Speech program built in that will read textbooks, articles and the web out loud
  • Includes study skill support including highlighters, dictionaries, and note taking and study aids
  • Includes writing support with mind mapping brainstorming tool
  • Available in versions 3000 – for those with sight and 1000 – for those with limited or no sight
  • More Information:

Cost: $1395.00

Compatibility: Windows or Mac

Read & Write Gold

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  • Literacy software that supports reading, writing, study skills and research
  • Toolbar integrates into many popular computer programs including Microsoft Word, Adobe Reader, and the four major web browsers
  • Text-to-Speech, Word Prediction, Mind Mapping, Screen Masking, Dictionaries and Highlighters are just a few of the almost 25 features
  • More Information:

Cost: $645.00

Compatibility: Windows or Mac

Victor Reader Stream

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  • Portable book player for DAISY books
  • Download books from Learning Ally and other book libraries
  • Record lectures and listen to these and your books while on the go!
  • Accessible for students with low vision or who are blind, as well as those students with a Print Disability
  • More information:

Cost: $369.00

Compatibility: Standalone device, use PC or Mac to upload books

Note taking SUPPORT:

SmartPen by Livescribe

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  • Take hand written notes and record your lecture using the same device
  • Written notes are synched with the audio recording using specialized notebooks
  • Tap on any written text and listen to your lecture from that exact moment in the lecture or meeting
  • Upload your notes to your computer for playback, and ability to search content
  • More Information:

Cost: Varies, between $120.00-$200.00

Compatibility: Standalone Device with Supplemental Software for Windows or Mac

Audio Notetaker by Sonocent

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  • Type your notes out on your computer while syncing a PowerPoint presentation and the Audio Recording of the lecture, together
  • Ability to sync typed notes with audio recording to find corresponding aspects of lecture or notes
  • Color annotate typed text notes, or recorded audio segments to annotate and flag areas of importance, follow up or further study
  • Syncing of text notes and audio make your notes easier to navigate and study from
  • Import audio recording and notes from Sonocent Recorder App into desktop version of program
  • More Information:

Cost: Varies, Approx. $150.00

Compatibility: Windows or Mac

Digital Voice Recorders

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  • Record your lectures on a portable device
  • Listen to your lectures on the device or upload them to your computer using the USB cable (included)
  • Folder system allows your to organize recordings by class

Cost: Approx. $60.00

Compatibility: Standalone device, upload recordings to PC or Mac (optional)


Dragon Naturally Speaking/Dragon Dictate

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  • Use Dragon, Speech Recognition Software, to turn your spoken words into text
  • Create documents, emails, surf the web and more by talking to a microphone on your computer
  • Use simple voice commands to execute tasks and control most programs on your computer
  • Available in Home, Premium, Professional, and Legal versions
  • More Information:

Cost: Varies: $120.00-$400.00 (professional version)

Compatibility: Windows or Mac

Mind Mapping:


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  • Brainstorm ideas using the visual, graphic mapping, diagram and outline tool
  • Take notes, organize papers and reports, and study using this tool
  • Use the Presentation Manager to transform your ideas into a presentation
  • More Information:

Cost: Approx. $35.00

Compatibility: Windows or Mac

Screen Readers/Magnification Software:

JAWS by Freedom Scientific

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  • Screen Reader developed for those with vision loss
  • Reads aloud what is on the computer screen
  • Intelligent tools for accessing and navigating webpages and screen content
  • Can be paired with a Refreshable Braille Display for Braille output instead of speech
  • More Information:

Cost: $895.00-1095.00

Compatibility: Windows


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  • Magnification and Screen Reading Software for students with visual impairments
  • Enlarges and enhances text and graphics on computer screen while keeping clarity intact
  • Works with many popular computer programs and applications
  • Magnifier/Reader version reads text on computer screen out loud
  • More Information:

Cost: Approx. $400.00

Compatibility: PC and Mac

Built-In Accessibility:


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  • Personalize your Windows Computer with any of the build-in Accessibility Features to support ease with seeing, hearing, and mobility interactions with computer
  • Features Available Are: Screen Reader/Text-to-Speech (Narrator), Magnification (Magnifier), Keys Commands (Mouse Keys), Speech-to-Text and Voice Control (Speech Recognition), Visual Notification to replace sounds, Keyboard on Screen, Toggle Keys, Adjustable Mouse Settings, High Contrast Schemes, and Ability to Personalize the Appearance of the Computer including text
  • Tutorial Videos Available on the websites below
  • List of All Features with Comparison Chart:
  • More Information:

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Windows


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  • Personalize your Mac Computer with any of the build-in Accessibility Features to support ease with seeing, hearing, and physical/mobility, literacy interactions with computer
  • Features include: Text-to-Speech (VoiceOver), Zoom, High Contrast, Sticky Keys, Speech-to-Text and Voice Control (Speech Recognition), Word Completion (Word Prediction), and more!
  • More Information:

Cost: Free

Compatibility: Mac

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