Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

The following assistive technology is available for use at any Houston Community College.

The list is in two sections, software and hardware. To locate assistive technology on campus, contact the Ability Support Services office at your campus.


Dragon Naturally Speaking – this software allows the user to create and edit documents and E-mail, fill out forms and streamline workflow – all by speaking! Dragon Naturally Speaking Professional version is section 508 certified, and offers complete hands-free use of the PC for users with disabilities.

JAWS® for Windows® - the most popular screen reader worldwide works with your PC to provide access to today’s software applications and the Internet. With its internal software speech synthesizer and the computer’s sound card, information from the screen is read aloud, providing technology to access a wide variety of information, education and job related applications. JAWS also outputs to refreshable braille displays, providing unmatched braille support of any screen reader on the market.

Kurzweil 3000 - an assistive technology, text to speech, learning tool that supports the concept of Universal Design for Learning with a suite of powerful reading, writing, test-taking, and study skill tools that makes curriculum accessible to all students. It is particularly appropriate for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, those who require reading intervention, students struggling with reading comprehension and English Language Learners (ELL).

MAGic Screen Magnification Software - Low vision? Take control of Web and software application pages. MAGic magnifies your PC screen up to 36x. Customize the screen contrast, tinting, brightness, and more for your personal vision.

ZoomText Magnifier/Reader -The world's best magnification and reading software for the vision impaired. Whether you're surfing the web, creating a document or mailing your friends, ZoomText lets you see, hear and use all of your applications easier than ever.


Available adaptive equipment includes:

  • Voice output for computers (screen reader software with sound card)
  • Computer screen enlargement software and large monitors
  • Mouse alternatives such as trackballs, touchpads and joysticks
  • Ergonomic and other special keyboards
  • FM loop assistive listening devices
  • Closed-circuit TV magnification systems (CCTVs)
  • Alternative classroom furniture, including adjustable height desks and/or chairs
  • Voice recognition software for computer input
  • Alternative keyboard arrangements for single-hand typing

Some equipment, such as hand-held magnifiers, tape recorders, electronic spelling aids and wrist rests are considered personal equipment. Ability Services can help you identify sources for such equipment.