Adaptive Technology for Communication

Learn more about tools and software that can help you hear and communicate more effectively! If you have any questions about the adaptive technology on this page, feel free to come in during our virtual adaptive technology drop-in hours from 1:00 to 2:00, Monday through Thursday, or email us at adaptivetech@pdx.edu.

Assistive Listening Devices

  • Comfort Contego FM System
    • The Comfort Contego FM System is a rechargeable digital wireless assistive listening device with a transmitter and receiver that amplifies the voice of a single speaker. It also includes a telephone kit that you can use for improved communication via telephone.
    • Cost: Free for checkout to eligible, degree-seeking DRC students. For personal devices, please refer to the Harris Communications Comfort Audio Contego web page or to another vendor for pricing.
    • Availability: Eligible students can check out the Comfort Contego FM System through the DRC front desk. A limited number are available.
    • Support: You can find help with using this device via the Comfort Contego User Manual.
  • Phonak Roger Inspiro FM System
    • The Phonak Inspiro FM System is a rechargeable digital wireless assistive listening device with a transmitter and receiver that amplifies the voice of a single speaker.
    • Cost: Free for checkout to eligible, degree-seeking DRC students. For personal devices, please refer to the Phonak Roger Inspiro web page for pricing.
    • Availability: Eligible students can check out a Phonak Inspiro FM System through the DRC front desk. A limited number are available.
    • Support: You can find help with using this device via the Roger Inspiro support page.
  • Williams Sound Pocketalker Ultra
    • The Williams Sound Pocketalker is a battery-powered device that amplifies sounds in close proximity to the listener while reducing background noise.
    • Cost: Free for checkout to eligible, degree-seeking DRC students. For personal devices, please refer to the Williams Sound Pocketalker Ultra webpage for pricing.
    • Availability: Eligible students can check out the Williams Sound Pocketalker Ultra through the DRC front desk. A limited number are available.
    • Support: You can find help with using this device via the Pocketalker Ultra web page.

Assistive Communication Tools

  • UbiDuo 2 Wired
    • The UbiDuo 2 Wired is a wired communication system that you can use to communicate with another person face to face in real time via typed text.
    • Cost: Free for use in the Disability Resource Center. For personal devices, please refer to the sComm Communication Devices web page for pricing.
    • Availability: You can use the UbiDuo 2 Wired in the Disability Resource Center by requesting it from the Front Desk.
    • Support: You can find help with using this device by reading the UbiDuo 2 User Manual.
  • Purple VRS
    • Purple VRS (Video Relay Services) is a free telecommunications relay service. With this service, people who are deaf or hard of hearing and who use American Sign Language can communicate with telephone users through video rather than typed text.
    • Cost: Free
    • Compatibility: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS
    • Availability: You can use Purple VRS on the Windows kiosk on the first floor of Millar Library. You can also download it on any personal Windows, Mac, Android, or iOS device via the Purple Purple VRS website.
    • Support: You can find help with using this service via the Purple Help/Support Page.
  • Sorenson ntouch
    • Sorenson Communications provides interpreter services from American Sign Language into spoken English or Spanish. People who are deaf and use American Sign Language can call those who do not use American Sign Language by using the ntouch software or app, and then calls are then interpreted in real-time.
    • Cost: Free for people who are Deaf and use American Sign Language
    • Compatibility: Windows, Mac, Android, iOS, Amazon Fire Tablets
    • Availability: You can use a Sorenson Communications station in the DRC Quiet(er) Space or download via the Sorenson ntouch website.
    • Support: You can find help with using this service via the Sorenson Support webpage or via the Sorenson User Guides.

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

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