Assistive Technology and Tools at Duke
Discuss your AT options with DMS
Employees and students of Duke that are registered with either the Disability Management System (DMS) can call (919) 668-1267 to discuss what types of AT may be useful for work or school.
What is Assistive Technology (AT)?
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.
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 a list of some of the accessible software, hardware, and equipment available for demonstration or loan:
- Dragon Naturally Speaking - Voice recognition software
- JAWs - Screen reading software
- SensusAccess - Document conversion tool (create alternative, accessible versions of files)
- Read&Write Gold - Text-to-Speech tool within a comprehensive literacy software
- 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 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.
Alternative Media Tools
Disability Management System (DMS) provides alternative format materials for eligible students when possible and in accordance with all copyright laws and exceptions. Every attempt is made to provide alternative format in the most efficient and effective way possible.
Books in Accessible Formats
The SDAO provides students with disabilities books in various alternative formats such as, but not limited to, electronic, accessible electronic, large print, and braille. The SDAO searches various databases and utilizes outside vendors to provide alternative formats for students approved for this accommodation. Students approved to receive textbooks/required readings in alternative electronic format are encouraged to purchase electronic textbooks (E-books) when available. Many electronic books are available for free at www.bookshare.org and/or http://www.accesstext.org. Get more information about how the Student Disability Access Office (SDAO) provides alternative formatted books for qualified students.
Convert a Document
Use SensusAccess's RoboBraille tool to convert a document to an alternative, accessible format.
Converting Documents with SensusAccess
DMS also uses software (SensusAccess) that converts documents online from text or image-based files into different formats, such as searchable PDFs, audio, Braille, or e-text. The completed conversion document will be delivered via email. SensusAccess is available to all Duke staff, students, and faculty with a Duke University email address. Please note that the quality of the converted document depends on the quality of the original document. For example, a clearly structured Word document will yield a better result than a poorly scanned PDF.
Please contact DMS at 919.668.1267 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions.