Assistive Technologies

Assistive technology is used to describe devices and services that lessen or remove barriers faced by persons with disabilities. Many types of assistive technology are available on computers to assist in reading information, keyboarding, etc.

Each semester students should work with Disability Services for Students (DSS) to identify specific accommodations based on current academic courses and update a DSS verification document and contact professors to finalize arrangements for those accommodations.

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Accessibility options already included with your computer

Your computer already has some accessibility features. You can find some of those here.

Accommodated Testing

Disability accommodations are necessary to provide access and do not modify essential course requirements or fundamentally alter the program. Reasonable accommodations are typically changes in how a task or activity is accomplished or an alteration to the environment.

Class Notes

ZoomText Magnifier/Reader is a fully integrated magnification and screen reading program that enlarges, enhances and reads aloud everything on the computer screen

Creating Accessible Content

It is important to keep in mind that accessibility is not a feature to be added after the design of your content. It is a set of principles to be considered throughout the design process.


JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is a popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC.


Read&Write is an easy-to-use, intuitive toolbar add-on for PCs and Macs that supports students with reading, writing, studying, and research. Read&Write seamlessly integrates with Microsoft applications, PDFs, e-mail, the Internet, and other software.

Read&Write is available at no cost to all UND students, faculty, and staff.

Sign Language interpreter policy

Please visit the Disability Services accommodations page for the policy and procedure for sign language interpreting.

Speech to Text

Assistance with captioning, textbook conversion, and class notes.