Assistive Technology (AT) refers to any device, software, equipment, or service that helps students with disabilities work around challenges presented by the learning environment.
The Office of Disability Services (ODS) provides assistive technology support to Marymount students with academic accommodations. Some of the AT available through ODS includes text to speech software, audio recording applications, and the provision of alternate format materials. Students must be registered with ODS to be eligible to receive AT and alternate format accommodations. For more information on registering with our office and receiving accommodations, please visit the How to Register page.
If you are registered with ODS and interested in more information about AT, please reach out to the Assistive Technology Specialist, Deanna Sessions Milano, at email@example.com. The assistive technology specialist can answer questions about AT and alternate format materials, offer training and follow-up support on provided technologies, and troubleshoot additional technology concerns around accessibility and the teaching and learning experience.
ODS provides audio note taking software for the audio recording of in-person or synchronous virtual classes, with optional digital note-taking features. Currently, ODS supports Glean, a browser-based personal study tool that allows students to record classes, take notes and more. We also offer Echo Smart Pens for students that would prefer a physical device for recording and note-taking.
Text to Speech
ODS provides text to speech software that converts text and digital documents such as PDFs into spoken audio so students may listen to assigned readings and course materials. Currently, ODS supports Natural Reader EDU, a text to speech platform that offers a mobile app and Chrome extension.
Alternate Format Materials
Alternate format materials are a form of assistive technology and refers to the conversion of textbooks and/or other course materials into a format other than print. Alternate formats can include but are not limited to audiobooks, EPUB, HTML, or electronic Braille. Alternate format materials can be used with technology provided by ODS or with a student’s own preferred technologies.
ODS recommends that students inform the office of their needs as soon as possible in advance of the new semester, as alternate format materials may take time to procure in the needed format.
For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.