Assistive Technology Resources

The purpose of this website is to assist and educate current UW-Whitewater students, instructional/non-instructional staff, support staff/tutors and the greater campus community about the assistive technology available to students at UW-Whitewater.

Assistive technology is a broad term that is used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Assistive technology can include mobility devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, as well as hardware, software, and peripherals that assist people with disabilities in accessing computers or other information technologies (Copyright© 2002-2006 by University of Washington/AccessIT).  

Training and Informational Videos


Using JAWS, get started today, working with Microsoft and IBM Lotus Symphony applications. JAWS® is the world's most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content. JAWS reads aloud what's on the PC screen and gives the user a unique set of intelligent tools for navigating and accesses Web pages and all screen content.

JAWS: Quick Start Guide    Quick Start Guide [TXT]
JAWS: Screen Reading Software Documentation
JAWS demonstration Audio Files: Demonstration Files

ZoomText [V10]

ZoomText Magnifier enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, making all of your applications easy to see and use. Our patented "XFont" technology displays crystal clear text at all magnification levels.

Kurzweil 3000 [V13]

Kurzweil 3000 version 13 is a, text to speech learning tool with integrated study tools that assist readers with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia, those who require reading intervention, or struggling with reading comprehension and English Language Learners.  

Features and Highlights:
System Requirements:
Help and Training Frequently Asked Questions:
How To Videos:

Livescribe Smartpen

A smartpen is a high-tech writing tool that records spoken words and synchronizes them with notes users write on special paper. A student can thus record everything a teacher says and later replay any part of a lecture by tapping the pen's tip on words written throughout the class. The Echo and Pulse from Livescribe are among the most popular smartpens. Though it looks and writes like an ordinary pen, the Echo is actually a multimodal computer. It has an ARM‐9 processor, OLED display, micro‐USB connector, headphone jack, and microphone.

How Smartpens Help College Students
Download Livescribe Desktop with Livescribe Connect

Firefly by Kurzweil Educational Systems ®

Firefly is the newest member of the Kurzweil Educational systems product line and was developed based on years of experience producing the award winning Kurzweil 3000. Please click HERE for more information.  

Download the FREE iPad App

Available Assistive Technology at UWW

Current list of assistive technology software and hardware available at UW-Whitewater and the Center for Students with Disabilities.
            Available Assistive Technology (2013)
            Available Assistive Technology (2013) [TXT]

Location of General Access Labs on-campus

All General Access Lab Hours on-campus 

ResNET provides full, round-the-clock access to the Internet and all UW-Whitewater networked computing resources, such as file servers, mainframe computers, printers, and more. Please note that for most students, file server access and printer access will be limited. Printers are only available in public labs, and file server access is usually only granted on demonstration of need within a specific academic department.
     - ResNET homepage
     - In-Hall Computer Labs
     - ResNET Use Policy

Apps for Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia

UWW Specific Instructional Handouts

- Using Your SmartPen
- How to Access the Kurzweil Universal Library
- How to Use Kurzweil3000v13 on PC
- Kurzweil Installation Guide-PC
- Kurzweil Installation Guide-MAC
- How to Access the Stori Server
- How to Access HawkNotes
- Connecting to UW-Whitewater VPN [For off-campus Stori Server access]
- Creating Accessible Documents (PDF, TXT, PowerPoints)
- Creating Accessible Documents (PDF, TXT, PowerPoints)[TXT]
- How to Create Accessible PDF's Wiki by UWW Learning Technology Center
- D2L Tips and Tricks
- How to Enable Accessibility Settings in Campus Email
- Kurzweil Fire Fly (iPad App) Guide
- Kurzweil Fire Fly (web based) Guide

Alternative Media Forms & Documents

For more information regarding text conversion and the provision of printed materials in alternative formats:


UW-Whitewater ICIT Help Desk
phone: 262.472.4357

UW-Whitewater ResNET
phone: 262.472.3233

Center for Students with Disabilities
phone: 262.472.4711

Assistive Technology Student Worker
phone: 262.472.5243

CSD Alterative Media  
phone: 262.472.4711