Adaptive Technology

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!

    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:

    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 adaptivetech@pdx.edu 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 adaptivetech@pdx.edu or stopping by our virtual Adaptive Technology drop-in hours from 1:00 to 2:00, Monday through Thursday.


    Any Questions?

    Email us or stop by our virtual drop-in hours! You can also call the DRC front desk at 503-725-4150, and someone from our Adaptive Technology team will get back to you.


    If you have questions about the information on this page, please contact the Disability Resource Center.

    Email: drc@pdx.edu
    Phone: 503-725-4150

    Check our home page for hours, Virtual Front Desk information, Drop-in schedules, and to see if we are working remotely.