Assistive Technology Software

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In addition to the accessibility features that are readily available in modern operating systems, Accessible Technologies at Virginia Tech provides several tools to provide additional support for a wide variety of needs. The network software options are installed in AT Services and can be installed on any university-owned machine upon request. Stand-alone software is available for use on both University-owned equipment and personal devices.

Accessibility Testing Software

      • Ally

        Works within the Canvas LMS to test uploaded files for accessibility. Provides alternative formats for file downloads directly to students.

      • Grackle Suite

        An accessibility testing tool for Google Suite Docs, Slides, and Sheets and creation of accessible PDFs.

      • MS Office Accessibility Checker

        MS Office products include the Accessibility Checker to help you make your documents comply with national and Virginia Tech accessibility requirements.

Stand-Alone Software

      • Read&Write

        A literacy support tool with text-to-speech and scanning.

      • EquatIO

        A math support tool for equation creation and math read-aloud.

      • Sonocent

        An audio notetaking software tool for taking digital notes.

Network Software

      • ZoomText

        ZoomText Magnifier/Reader is a fully integrated magnification and reading program tailored for low-vision users. Magnifier/Reader enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, echoes your typing and essential program activity, and automatically reads documents, web pages, email.

      • JAWS Screen Reader

        JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is the world’s most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC. You will be able to navigate the Internet, write a document, read an email and create presentations from your office, remote desktop, or from home.