San Jacinto College recognizes that students may face all types of challenges; such as learning disabilities, visual and hearing impairments, and mobility issues. To accommodate students who are experiencing these types of challenges, ITS utilizes various assistive technology methods to ensure their success at San Jacinto College is not hindered.
The Assistive Technology Act defines an assistive technology device as “any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities”. In addition, it defines an assistive technology services as “any service that directly assists an individual with a disability in the selection, acquisition, or use of an assistive technology device”.
ITS and Disability Services currently have several software applications and tools available to assist students as needed:
- Zoom Text: Screen magnification software designed to enlarge text and images for better viewing. Some versions of the software also include text-to-speech capabilities.
- Dragon Naturally Speaking: Speech-to-text voice recognition software that allows users to compose documents/emails or navigate a computer by speaking.
- LiveScribe: Note-taking software that captures words and audio. Using a specialized notebook and pen, students can capture notes in class and upload them to a computer.
- Jaws: Text-to-speech screen reader software that includes high quality voices in a variety of languages. Also includes Braille support.
- Kurzweil 1000 (Trial): Text-to-speech software with multiple voice options available. Software includes scanning capability for forms/documents and online information searching.
- Windows 7 Accessibility Tools: A collection of accessibility tools available with Windows 7 that includes magnification, narrator, an on-screen keyboard, and speech recognition.
In addition, San Jac ITS has in the past and will continue to work with Disability Services in order to assist in the utilization of assistive technology for disabled students and employees on a case-by-case basis; such as providing resources and maintenance for remote Cart Writer Services for hearing impaired students.
For more information on Disability Assistance, please visit