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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

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    Ally

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

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    Grackle Suite

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

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    MS Office Accessibility Checker , redirect

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

Stand-Alone Software

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    Read&Write

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

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    EquatIO

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

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    Sonocent

    An audio notetaking software tool for taking digital notes.

Network Software

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    ZoomText , redirect

    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.

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    JAWS Screen Reader , redirect

    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.