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Assistive Technology at Duke

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology (often abbreviated as AT) is an umbrella term for a piece of equipment, software, or product that can assist people with disabilities to perform tasks more easily or independently. Employees and students of Duke that are registered with either the Disability Management System (DMS) or the Student Disability Access Office (SDAO) can contact the office at (919) 668-1267 to discuss what types of AT may be useful for work or school.

Assistive Technology at Duke

It can be difficult to find the right piece of assistive technology to meet the needs of every person. At Duke, we strive to provide a wide range of available technologies to address such needs. Here is some of the accessible software, hardware, and equipment available for demonstration or loan:   

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking - Voice recognition software 
  • Read&Write Gold - Text-to-Speech tool within a comprehensive literacy software
  • JAWs - Screen reading software
  • SensusAccess - Document Conversion tool
  • ZoomText Software - Screen magnification software
  • Livescribe Echo SmartPen - Assistive note taking device that links audio recordings to your handwritten notes 
  • Assistive Listening Devices - Small and large group FM and RF systems 
  • Digital Recorders
  • Optelec ClearView CCTV - Magnifies anything placed under it from 2x to 85x its original size

To discuss what type of technology may be right for you, please contact (919) 668-1267 to schedule a technology training or demonstration appointment. 

Assistive Technology Room

The Assistive Technology Room (ATR) is located on the first floor of Perkins Library in Room 127. This room is available to students who are registered with the SDAO and are eligible to receive the use of this room and its assistive technologies. For further information and any questions please email Ciara Healy at

Assistive Listening Systems

Duke provides classrooms/auditoriums with permanently installed assistive listening systems. Receivers can be borrowed, free of charge, from either the venue itself, or from the Disability Management System directly.