What is Adaptive Technology?
Adaptive technology is hardware and software that is created for the purpose of providing equal access to physical and online environments. Adaptive technology can increase your function, independence, participation, and productivity. It ranges from easy-to-obtain and inexpensive products (e.g. electric staplers, ergonomic pens, and free mobile applications) to sophisticated and specialized software and hardware for computer access.
You can access adaptive technology in a campus lab or classroom, through an outside vendor, or on a personal computer or mobile device you already own!
- If you have a Windows device, check out the Microsoft Accessibility web page for adaptive software that is already built into your device.
- Check out the Android Accessibility Help Center to learn how to use accessibility features in Android.
- If you have a Mac or iOS device, you can find your options for already built-in software on the Apple Accessibility web page.
- The Chromebook Help Center lists the options for built-in accessibility software on your Chromebook. You can find more information and tutorials by watching the Chromebook Accessibility Video Series.
How do I learn more about Adaptive Technology?
Check out the adaptive technology software and mobile application options that are recommended by our Adaptive Technology team:
- Adaptive Technology for Reading & Writing
- Adaptive Technology for Note Taking & Organization
- Adaptive Technology for Communication
- Adaptive Technology for Math
To learn more about our most recommended adaptive technology software and apps, you can attend one of our Adaptive Technology workshops. We are currently offering the Adaptive Technology for Reading & Writing Workshop and the Adaptive Technology for Note Taking & Organization Workshop. If you are interested, please visit our DRC Workshop web page for more information and our workshop schedule.
If you would like a one-on-one appointment to learn more, call the DRC Front Desk at 503-725-4150 or send an email to email@example.com to set up a time to chat with someone about the Adaptive Technology that might work for you. You can also stop by our DRC Virtual Front Desk from 1:00 to 2:00 on Monday through Friday for a drop-in meeting with our Adaptive Technology Specialist.
Where can I find Adaptive Technology on campus?
The Office of Information Technology (OIT) supports accessible workstations in each of their campus computer labs. Most stations have an adjustable table, ergonomic chair, screen reading software, text-to-speech software, and built-in magnification tools. You may be able to check out ergonomic keyboards and mice from the lab attendant or responsible academic department. If you are looking for a specific software, please reach out to the Adaptive Technology team by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or stopping by our virtual Adaptive Technology drop-in hours from 1:00 to 2:00, Monday through Thursday.