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Assistive Technology Available to CLASS Students

The following assistive technology software programs and devices featured on this page are some of the programs and devices available for loan 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:

Read & Write and OrbitNote

ReadWrite LogoOrbitNote app logo


  • Literacy software that supports reading, writing, study skills, and research
  • Toolbar integrates into many popular computer programs including Microsoft Word, Adobe Reader, and web browsers
  • Text-to-Speech (read aloud) with many voice options and adjustable speed, Word Prediction, Screen Masking, Dictionaries, and Highlighters are just a few of the almost 25 features
  • Available in the web browser as a chrome extension and as a desktop installation
  • More Information: Read & Write Website
  • Help guides: Read & Write Learning Resources and OrbitNote Learning Resources

Compatibility: Windows; Mac; Chrome Extension

NaturalReader EDU

NaturalReader app logo


  • Reading assistive technology tool where students can have books, articles, and scanned images read aloud
  • Students can chose from a variety of AI and Premium voices within the app
  • Some of the features include being able to highlight and take notes while reading, a web reader, adjustable voice speed, CC for seeing text in isolation while reading, a timer and more
  • More Information: NaturalReader Website
  • Help guides: NaturalReader help Center

Compatibility: Online Resource, Chrome Extension, Android, iOS

C-Pen Reader

C-Pen Reader scanning text on a page


  • Reading pen that reads text out loud with a digital voice
  • Text to speech with a variety of languages to choose from
  • Built-in dictionary
  • Allows for voice memos
  • Transfer scans to PC or Mac
  • More information: C-Pen Reader Website
  • Help guides: ReaderPen Guides

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

Scanmarker Reader

Scanmarker reading pen demonstrating being used to scan text on a page and transferring it to a computer screen.


  • Scanning pen that scans for text on a physical page or paper and converts it into digital text that can be read aloud
  • The online reading platform allows users to customize the appearance of the text, listen to the text, and translate into a variety of languages
  • More information: Scanmarker Reader Website
  • Help guides: Scanmarker Reader Quick User Guide

Compatibility: Standalone device, and Online web-app

Victor Reader Stream

Picture of Victor Reader Stream Device


  • 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: HumanWare Website

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

Note-taking SUPPORT:

Smart Pens

echo2 smart pen


  • Take handwritten notes and record your lecture using the same device
  • Written notes are synced 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: LiveScribe Website
  • Help guides: Echo 2 Help Guides

Compatibility: Standalone Device with Supplemental Software for Windows or Mac


Glean logo


  • Type your notes on your computer while syncing a PowerPoint presentation and the audio recording of the lecture together
  • Sync typed notes with audio recording to find corresponding aspects of lecture or notes
  • Additional features include audio transcription, study timer, task list, and more
  • Available as a online web application or a mobile application
  • More Information: Glean Website
  • Help guides: Glean Skills Portal

Compatibility: Windows: Mac; Chromebook; iOS; Android


notability app logo


  • Write, type, or annotate using highlighters your notes using the all-in-one notetaking app
  • Ability to take pictures and audio record with the sound being linked to your notes
  • Use Google Drive, Dropbox and Box to import, export and share documents such as PowerPoints and take notes directly on them
  • Organize all your notes in one place
  • More Information: Notability Website
  • Help guides: Notability Features and Troubleshooting

Compatibility: Mac; iOS: iPad, iPhone logo


  • Live transcription note taking technology
  • Provides keywords, and students can add additional comments and highlights on the transcript
  • Works with Zoom, Google Meet, and Microsoft Teams
  • More Information: Website
  • Help Guides: Otter Quick Start Guide

Compatibility: Online Resource; iOS; Android

ScanMarker Air

ScanMarker Air scanning text on a page in a book


Compatibility: Mac; iOS

Digital Voice Recorders

Picture of Digital Voice Recorder


  • 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 you to organize recordings by class

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

Study Support:


Pro-Study Logo that says "Research Organize Reference"


  • Research collection tool that helps assist students with staying organized while gathering research for a paper or project
  • Students can collect images, text, website links, add notes, and more to their ProStudy portal
  • Students can have all of their research in their ProStudy online cloud-based portal to access from any device
  • Generate citations and export references into various citation styles
  • More information: Pro-Study Website
  • Help guides: Pro-Study Quick Start Guides

Compatibility: Online Resource and Chrome Extension


MindView logo


  • Mind mapping and organizational planning software
  • MindView allows students the opportunity to plan and write their papers in a visually organized way
  • Students can export their mind maps into various citation styles such as APA and MLA
  • It also has other features that can assist with research, presentations, and studying
  • More information: MindView Website
  • Help guides: MindView User Guide

Compatibility: Online Resource, Chrome Extension, Mac, Windows, Android, iOS

Writing Support:

Grammarly EDU

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  • An application that can assist with finding writing mistakes and contextual errors, spelling errors, and poor vocabulary usage
  • Find the right word you are looking for with synonym suggestions
  • Learn from your mistakes to avoid them in the future
  • Grammarly works in emails, essays, and more
  • More information: Grammarly Website
  • Help guides: Grammarly User Guide

Compatibility: Chrome Extension; iOS; Android


Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking Logo


  • 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
  • More Information: Dragon Website
  • Help guides: Dragon’s Get Trained Page

Compatibility: Windows

Google Voice Typing

Google Voice Typing icon


Compatibility: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

Digital Math


equatio logo


  • Digital math assistive technology
  • Includes handwriting recognition, text to speech, graph editor, speech input, and more
  • Can be used in a variety of online platforms
  • More information: Equatio Website
  • Help guides: Equatio Learning Resources

Compatibility: Chrome, Windows, Mac

Screen Readers/Magnification Software:


FUSION Logo with text under that states "Powered by JAWS and ZOOMTEXT"


  • Screen Reader and Zooming software
  • Reads aloud what is on the computer screen while zooming in on the computer content
  • More Information: FUSION Website

Compatibility: Windows

JAWS by Freedom Scientific

Jaws Logo


  • 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: JAWS Website
  • Help guides: JAWS Quick Start Guide

Compatibility: Windows


ZoomText Logo


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

Compatibility: PC and Mac

Built-In Accessibility:


Windows Logo


  • 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
  • Features with Comparison Chart Website
  • More Information: Microsoft Website

Compatibility: Windows


Apple Logo


  • 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: Apple Accessibility Website

Compatibility: Mac

Organizational Tools:




  • Daily, weekly, and monthly organizational planning spaces
  • Assists with tracking schedules and classwork
  • Portable

Compatibility: N/A

Google Suite

G-Suite Logo with the various google apps surrounding the words "G Suite"


  • Apps built into Gmail accounts
  • Includes access to Google Calendar, Tasks, Keep, Docs, Sheets, and more
  • Items put into Google Task and Keep can by synched directly to the google calendar to assist with keeping track of items and organizational planning
  • More Information: Google Suite Website

Compatibility: Windows, Mac, iOS, Android

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