What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive technology (AT) refers to “any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities” (Assistive Technology Industry Association, n.d., para. 2).

AT creates access and enhances the engagement, participation, and learning of OTC’s diverse student body.

students using Davinci

Who Benefits from the use of AT?

These tools are designed to serve the needs of individuals with disabilities, but they can also greatly benefit individuals without disabilities. Anyone who has difficulty (consistently or intermittently) with speaking, listening, typing, writing, remembering, seeing, learning, moving, planning, organizing, paying attention, or other difficulties which impede a student’s access to course content and materials may benefit from the use of assistive technology. Check out some of the specific tools below.

How Can I Learn More about AT?

Students registered with the Disability Support Services Office may speak with their Disability Resource Counselor about potential AT tools and accommodations.

Students may also contact OTC’s assistive technology staff by email at accessiblemedia@otc.edu for more information.

What Types of AT Tools are Available?

OTC’s Disability Support Services (DSS) Office maintains a varied supply of AT tools available for loan to students registered with DSS. Other AT tools can be accessed in OTC’s built or online learning environments, or through outside providers/vendors, and/or on personal computers or devices.

Tools available through DSS at OTC:

Digital Recorders, Smart Pens, Livescribe Pens, CPen readers, Phonak Microphone/receivers, Davinci Desktop Magnifier, Fusion software: (JAWS, Zoomtext), Read&Write software

See more details by clicking on the specific tool below and Talk with your DSS Resource Counselor if you are interested in trying or using any of these tools.

Learn about some specific AT tools we have available at OTC

Resources from IT

Natural Readers (Audio)

Natural Readers is an online reader anyone can access and use for PDF documents, ebooks, etc.

See more at Natural Readers Online

FUSION: JAWS and ZoomText Software

Fusion is a download provided through IT at OTC

It is available to current students

JAWS is a text to speech reader for hard of hearing or deaf students

ZoomText allows for enlargement of your display for those with low vision

Digital Voice Recorder for Lectures

EVIDA V618 Portable Digital Voice Recorder with Playback function, a recorder for students and others  in 1536kbps high quality audio.

Recording Device with USB – A Voice recorder can be quickly recharged, simple and fast file transfer onto computer with type-c cable.

Not only an mini voice recorder with playback function, but also a MP3 player, support most of the music formats MP3/WAV/FLAC/APE/OGG/WMA

Voice Recorder Small, Easy to Carry Around

Why EVIDA V618 Digital Recorder?

V618 is a 32GB digital audio recorder with 2020 upgraded omni-direction microphones with enhanced recording chip, record lecture, meeting, conversation and more in a clear 1536kbps quality. It can have up to 54 hours super long continuous recording time with full battery, store 2320 hours of recording files, or 10,000 songs. It is a great voice recording device to save your phone’s power by fulfilling all your recording needs. EVIDA has specialists to give friendly instructions over phones to make sure every customer is familiar with all the features in the device


  • Clear PCM Recording: Adopts dual upgraded noise cancelling microphones with professional recording chip. Capture 1536Kbps premium quality sound. Voice recorder with playback function, which is well designed for the users to easily access.
  • 32GB Digital Recorder: stores 2324hours of recording, or 10,000songs, up to 54 hours of continuous recording with full battery. Recording can be pre-set into mp3 128kbps,192kbps, or wav 1536kbps format. A wonderful voice recording device for lectures, meetings, and conversations.
  • Voice Activated Recorder: This mini recorder device can set voice decibels at 6 different levels. Regardless the level of the volume, with correct voice decibel level, this recorder will catch talking voice only, reduce blank and whispering snippet.
  • Powerful Feature: Multi-usage as a voice recorder, an USB flash drive, and a Mp3. Newly developed 4-folder storage(A/B/C/D) for file management make your recording and other files more organized. Many other helpful features like password protection, A-B repeat, auto record, bookmark, smart battery detection.
  • Fast File Download: V618 can easily transfer files onto computers. A rechargeable voice recorder that can be quickly recharged, suit for students, teachers, seniors, businesspeople, writers, and bloggers.

image digital recorder

Read & Write Software

Read & Write for Windows is a literacy software designed to help students with reading, writing, and research.

This is a software download provided by IT at OTC

It is available to current OTC students.

For more information about Read & Write:

Read & Write site

Overview on YouTube

Toolbars video

Functions Training

C-Pen Exam Reader

  • Allows students with dyslexia, or other reading difficulties, to take written exams. Bolsters reading independence
  • Totally portable, pocket-sized device reads text out aloud with an English human-like digital voice
  • Reads with a human-like digital voice in multiple English accents and different languages including: French, Spanish, Italian, German, and more
  • Can be used in exams as an alternative to a human reader, Quick, long-lasting charge via USB
  • Package includes ExamReader, carry case, USB cable, instruction manual, and earbuds
  • Features:

    Text to speech

    Use C-Pen ExamReader to read printed text for you! C-Pen ExamReader features a high quality naturally speaking British English, American English, Spanish, French, Italian and German voice.


    C-Pen ExamReader uses a standard micro USB connector for charging, and a standard 3.5 mm connector for your favourite headphones


    The C-Pen ExamReader is small, portable, and light making it easy to carry with you anywhere you like to read.

    Exam Reader Penimage c-pen on paper
    • The pen is half the size of other portable pen scanners on the market and at 50g is half the weight.
    • Ideal for hearing words & lines of text read aloud
    • Useful for students with dyslexia, reading difficulties and English as a second language
    • Designed to allow students to be with their peers in the main exam hall with headphones plugged into their pens
    • Available in a class set of ten pens


Livescribe Pen & Notebook

Capture what’s important with an Echo smartpen. Record everything you hear, say, and write, while linking your audio recordings to your notes. Quickly replay audio from your Livescribe paper or a computer with a simple tap on your handwritten notes. It’s never been easier to take notes and stay organized.

Save notes & pencasts directly to your computer

    • Record everything you hear, say, and write, while linking your audio recordings to your notes.
    • Replay audio directly from Livescribe paper by tapping on your notes
    • Save, organize and playback interactive notes from your Mac or Windows computer and iOS or Android
    • Share notes and pencasts as images or PDF files


  • Mac 10.15.6 (Catalina) or higher
  • Windows 7 or higher
  • iOS 11.4 (iPhone 7) or higher
  • Android 7.1.1 or higher

Check out more on the livescribe site

Or try out this youtube tutorial

Ubi Duo Face-to-Face Communicator

image ubi duo

The UbiDuo is a portable communication tool for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or hearing.

When do I use the UbiDuo?
• When an interpreter is not available
• Whenever you need to facilitate communication face-to-face
• Eliminates bluffing, writing and miscommunication
Can I see the UbiDuo in action?
• Yes! Staff at DSS would be happy to show you this simple technology.
• Watch the UbiDuo in action at scomm.com
• Instructions for using the UbiDuo can be found on the Gateway website under Disability Support Services,
Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
Who can use the UbiDuo?
• Faculty, staff and students
• If you are on campus, you can use the UbiDuo!
• Faculty can meet with a student when an interpreter is not available
• Students can work together on projects communicating with a deaf group member

DavinciHD All-in-One Desktop Magnifier

The Davinci Magnifier is only available in the DSS office. It is a helpful tool to magnify papers or exams for students who have low vision.students using Davinci

See more at enhancedvision.com

Roger Pen Microphone/Receiver

Phonak Roger Pen – This universal, wireless microphone in shape of a pen helps people with hearing loss to understand more speech in noise and over distance. The Roger Pen must be paired with the Roger MyLink which is a universal neckloop receiver, compatible with any hearing aid or cochlear implant with a T-coil.

The  Phonak Roger Pen  is easy and discreet to operate with microphone settings automatically adjust to noise levels around you. The  Roger Pen  is designed to better enhance speech. The Roger Pen has been scientifically proven to help hearing instrument users understand up to 62% more speech in noise and over distance than people without hearing loss.

The  Phonak Roger Pen  is used with the miniature  Roger MyLink Receiver  which can be connected directly to hearing aids or cochlear implants. Roger MyLink  is a universal neckloop receiver compatible with any hearing aid or cochlear implant with a T-coil. Also, people who do not wear hearing aids can use Roger MyLink Receiver with headphones instead.

The  Phonak Roger Pen can transmit the sound of multimedia devices e.g. TV and has wideband Bluetooth for cellphone calls. There is a range of up to 10 meters/ 32 feet between the Roger Pen and the Roger Receiver . Once fully charged, Roger MyLink can be used for 10 or more hours. The Roger Pen comes supplied with a docking station for fast and effective battery charging. Radically transform your listening experience both in the workplace and at home.image microphone with receiver