The AT(Assistive Technology) program is a part of Disability Services and Programs which is located on the third floor of the Student Union (STU 301) at The University of Southern California. The AT program provides services to students with permanent or temporary disabilities such as access to various forms of assistive computer technology (including voice recognition systems, reading machines, and voice synthesis systems) and training on the use of these systems so that students can use these technologies to enhance academic independence and productivity.
Official Definition for Assistive Technology:
What is Assistive Technology?
So what is assistive technology anyway? Put simply, assistive technology is any device that can be used to enhance learning, living, or recreation for a person with a disability. This includes a range of devices including low tech devices such as mouth sticks and communication boards, to high tech devices like voice output augmentative communication devices and voice recognition systems. More specifically, at USC assistive technology refers to the devices and systems used to make learning and research easier for students with permanent or temporary disabilities. Some of the devices or systems that we use at USC include Kurzweil VOICE recognition systems for students with mobility impairments who have difficulties using keyboard or mouse commands to operate a computer. With this system most commands that can be done with a keyboard or mouse (including typing, opening and closing applications, etc.) can be done using voice commands.
Other devices used include Out Spoken, MacinTalk, and the Kurzweil Reading Edge which can read documents, books, or the contents of a computer screen, to students have visual impairments. The goal of the USC Assistive Technology program is to use these devices and systems to help improve a student's ability to learn and participate in research while at USC. We do this by giving them access to the various devices and systems we have, and then we train the students on the use of these systems. In the near future we also hope to implement screen reading systems in order to make the internet and other on-line information resources accessible to students with visual impairments or other sight related disabilities.
Some of the services that are available through the USC Assistive Technology program are:
Access to assistive computer technologies including: reading machines, voice recognition, large screen software and displays, voice synthesis, and similar assistive technology for students with disabilities.
Training in the use of these technologies for students who wish to use them.
List of Software Available
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Kurzweil Reading Edge/Kurzweil 3000
To get more information on our program and services you can e-mail us at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin J. Bolen, M.Ed.
University of Southern California