Written by Kayla Earley, Lab Facilitator Disability Services
Disability Services at CPCC is happy to provide students with assistive technology on all of CPCC’S campuses. However, we recognize that sometimes students need access to assistive technology outside of school, especially after students have completed their education at CPCC. The good news is, students do not have to fund assistive technology on their own. There is financial help available!
Visit the North Carolina Assistive Technology Program website to find information about funding scholarships, purchase of technology/devices for students with hearing and visual difficulties, and more.
In addition, you can purchase used assistive technology devices through the North Carolina Assistive Technology Exchange Post.
Interested in learning about FREE assistive technology? Here are some helpful resources for free software.
Please keep in mind that CPCC Disability Services is not responsible for mishaps that may occur when downloading free software.
NaturalReader is a Text to Speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy to use software can convert any written text such as MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, and Emails into spoken words. NaturalReader can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV for your CD player or iPod.
Windows Eyes is free read aloud software for individuals who are blind, visually impaired, or print disabled. Available in multiple languages.
SpeakIt is free downloadable software used with Google Chrome. SpeakIt uses text-to-speech technology to read selected text in over 50 languages.
NonVisual Desktop Access, or NVDA, is a free, downloadable screen reader that converts text to speech. NVDA is available in our Disability Services Testing Center, but students may also wish to download this free software onto their personal computers or onto a USB drive, which allows students to use NVDA with virtually any computer.
Have questions about assistive technology at CPCC? Visit our website for more information!