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. 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 be right for you.

    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.


    Any Questions?

    Email us or call the DRC front desk at 503-725-4150, and someone from our Adaptive Technology team will get back to you.


    If you are a student or instructor with questions about Adaptive Technology for Communication, please contact the Adaptive Technology team.

    Adaptive Technology Specialist
    Email: adaptivetech@pdx.edu
    Phone: 503-725-9119

    To make an appointment with the Adaptive Technology department, you can schedule a You Can Book Me meeting with one of our team members. Check our home page for our hours and contact information.