Assistive Technology: LSU Overview

Goals and Objectives

Assistive Technology consulting is available to help students with physical, visual, and learning disabilities gain access to computer technology to achieve their academic goals. This mission is achieved through meeting with the student, discussing his/her needs, and identifying what tools they require in order to achieve their goals. The Office of Disability services assists with this process.

Request Services

You must register with Disability Services to request services from Assistive Technology. 

Available Tools for Use

Hardware Available to Check-out and Use:

  • Circulation Laptop computers running adaptive software
  • Opal hand-held magnification device
  • Large print keyboards
  • Trackballs and mice

Hardware Available for Use On-Campus:

  • There is a braille printer (Index Everest printer) connected to the computer as well as a braille typewriter (a Perkins Brailler) in the Consultation Room.
  • 2 Computer stations in Middleton Library, room 141 running adaptive software.
  • 2 CCTV (closed circuit televisions) for document magnification

Software Available for Use:

  • Jaws:  A comprehensive screen reading program that helps low vision or blind users complete tasks such as browsing the web, sending and reading e-mail, utilizing spreadsheets, and accessing databases.
  • MAGic:  A program that helps people with low vision view information on their computer screen while hearing it through a speech synthesizer.  MAGic combines state of the art magnification features with a true low vision speech option.  The software magnifies screen information, from one to 16 times its normal size.
  • Inspiration:  Enables users to conceptually organize thoughts and ideas using graphic organizers for representation.  These representations can be used for later outlining and studying purposes.
  • TEXT Help Read&Write:  Literacy support software solution for people who struggle with reading and writing.  Read&Write has been designed to help improve reading and writing skills, with features such as text to speech with highlighting, talking dictionary, phonetic spell checking, word prediction, and homophone support to address key aspects of reading and writing processes.

Support & Policy Statements

Help Desk Contact Information

LSU Policy Statements

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology (or Adaptive Technology) includes hardware or software designed to provide improved information access for individuals with disabilities.

Who can use Assistive Technology at LSU?

Students with disabilities who are registered with the Office of Disability Services.

What kind of Assistive Technology is located in Middleton Library?

For more information about the Assistive Technology in Middleton Library, visit Services for Users with Disabilities.