Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (AT) is any hardware, software, or piece of equipment that is commonly used to improve the functional capabilities of individuals with a disability.

AT benefits anyone who:

  • Has difficulty in using a mouse or keyboard.
  • Has difficulty with language, auditory or visual processing.
  • Cannot access information online because of a disability.
  • Has pain or discomfort when computing.
  • Has difficulty taking notes in class or completing written assignments

AT offered at Temple

Temple University strives to offer assistive technology universally throughout its campuses

  • JAWS - screen reader
  • Read and Write - text to speech is also available for download on your computer
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking - speech to text
  • ZoomText - screen magnifier/reader
  • CCTV - camera to enlarge print

Additional AT available for trial at DRS

  • Braille displays - displays text on computer screen to braille
  • Portable CCTVs - camera to enlarge print
  • Digital recorders and Livescribe - electronic recording device
  • FM Listening System - sound amplifier
  • iPads

Some equipment is available through short-term trial loans through DRS. Speak to your DRS Coordinator for more information.

Free and low cost AT

This is a list of programs and applications that would benefit anyone that may be struggling with reading, writing, time management, note taking, etc. If you have challenge, please check out this list, you may find a tool that can assist you. These tools can make a difference in your success in college and in your career. 

AT acquisition

If you believe you may benefit from assistive technology, contact Disability Resources and Services for more information and to schedule an appointment with our Assistive Technology Coordinator, Naomi Leibowitz at:

naomi.leibowitz@temple.edu
215-204-1280 (Voice)
215-204-1786 (TTY)

After meeting with our Assistive Technology Coordinator, an appropriate accommodation will be determined and any necessary technology may be loaned to you or installed in a specific departmental computer lab.