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Assistive Technology at Duke

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What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology (often abreviated 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. Employee's and student's of Duke that are registered with either the Disability Managment 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.

AT at Duke

It can be difficult to find the right piece of assitive 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
  • iPads
  • Optelec ClearView CCTV - Magnifies anything placed under it from 2x to 85x its original size
  • Wheelchairs (limited number of manual chairs available for short term loan)

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 recieve the use of this room and it's assistive technologies. For further information and any questions please email Ciara Healy at ciara.healy at

Apps for College Students and Beyond...

We all use apps on our phones, tablets, and computers to help us with everyday tasks. Here is a listing of some of our favorite apps that Duke staff and students may find helpful!

Apps for College Students (Word)              

Apps for College Students (PDF)

Assistive Listening Systems

Duke provides a list of classrooms/auditoriums with permanently installed assistive listening systems. To see this list in PDF, please click here. Receivers can be borrowed, free of charge, from either the venue itself, or from the Disability Management System directly.