Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is used to describe devices and services that lessen or remove barriers faced by persons with disabilities. Although the term is contemporary, the use of assistive technology is not new. For centuries, individuals with disabilities have used a variety of assistive devices to help them overcome demands in the environment. Assistive technology can be simple to quite complex in nature.  Many types of assistive technology are available on computers to assist in reading information, keyboarding, etc. DRES assists students by having technology on hand for them to try out. DRES also provides training to help students become more effective and efficient in their use of assistive technology.

Assistive Technology Software

Assistive technology software is available on the University of Illinois campus for use by students and faculty. Some software is available for students and faculty to use on personal or office computers. For more information on obtaining software, please contact Ann Fredricksen at

Built-in Assistive Technologies by Operating System

  • Mac OS X: Mouse Keys
  • Mac OS X: Sticky Keys
  • Mac OS X: VoiceOver
  • Mac OS X: Zoom