Technology Spotlight: Free and Cheap Assistive Technology!

Laptop, books, and phone

Laptop, books, and phone

Here are some suggestions from Disability Services for free and cheap assistive technology!

Notes Plus (App)
By: Viet Tran

  • Most Noteworthy Function: Note taking services
  • Estimated Value: $10.00
  • Available from ITunes
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
  • Selected as Top 100 World’s Greatest Apps 2014 – Business Insider’s App 100 (
  • Watch the demonstration
  • View the app

Notability (App)
By: Ginger Labs

  • Most Noteworthy Function: Note taking services
  • Estimated Value: $5.99
  • Available from ITunes
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 7.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. This app is optimized for iPhone 5, iPhone 6, and iPhone 6 Plus.
  • Apple Editors’ Choice on iPad, iPhone, and Mac! Apple’s Mac App of The Year!
  • See the demonstration of 4.1
  • View the app

Splashtop 2 Remote Desktop – Personal
By: Splashtop Inc.

  • Most Noteworthy Function: Access your laptop from anywhere. (Great for online students).
  • Estimated Value: $4.99
  • Available from ITunes and GooglePlay
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 5.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
  • See the demonstration
  • View the app

Read&Write for iPad
By Texthelp Ltd.

  • Most Noteworthy Function: Read Aloud software
  • *Note: Also available in different versions for non-apple users. See the seller’s channel below.
  • Estimated Value: Free
  • Available from ITunes
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
  • Boost confidence and attainment for students with dyslexia or English language learners who struggle with reading and writing.
  • Seller’s channel on YouTube
  • View the app



Technology Spotlight: Affordable GPS device for your shoes!

Written by Kayla Earley

Have you ever wanted to use the GPS on your phone for walking directions but were afraid that you could not read the street signs and know where to turn? Lucky for you, someone else already has a design for that.

Lechal ( is getting ready to put their haptic technology shoes on the market. Lechal footwear comes in shoes and insoles that connect to the walking directions on your phone. When it’s time for you to take a right turn, your right foot will vibrate. No need to read street signs or ask for directions! You can preorder your pair today ( And the great thing is, the company is trying to keep this footwear as affordable as possible, ranging from $60-$90!

Technology Spotlight: New designs for mobility devices

Written and researched by Judy Hill

Here’s a unique and interesting mobility aide for disabled individuals. A self-sufficient measure to move from bed to wheelchair without the assistance of another individual. Designed by Panasonic it’s called a Robobed. Check out the link below:

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This site offers a wheelchair with an exceptional design that allows its user to move sideways! This is accomplished by placing many smaller rubber wheels along the larger rim so they each turn individually creating greater flexibility of movement. Its name, “Permoveh”, is short for Personal mobile vehicle.

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Staff spotlight: Serena Johnson, Director of Disability Services

Serena Johnson

Introduction written by Laurie Jachym

Serena Johnson is a new member to the Disability Services team. She was hired as the director in February of this year. With years of experience in the North Carolina Community College system, she easily fits in at Central Piedmont Community College. Her leadership and expertise in the field has made her transition into this position seamless.

Here is a little Q & A with Serena to help you get to know her better.



Q: How long have you worked at CPCC?
A: 2 months and 9 days

Q: What other professional jobs have you held in the past?
A: Prior to working at CPCC I worked for 8 years at South Piedmont Community College in Union County.  During my time at SPCC I served as a Counselor, Director of Counseling, Disability Counselor and program coordinator for the Minority Male Mentoring program.

Q: What are your areas of expertise?
A: Disability Services, Retention, Counseling

Q: What do you enjoy most about your job at CPCC?
A: I enjoy the diverse opportunities available to students, staff and faculty.

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of work?
A: I enjoy gardening, hiking, running/walking, watching my children play volleyball and basketball, live music.

Q: What do you want others to know about you?
A: I love to visit museums and drag my family with me.  They don’t complain often.

Please help in welcoming Serena to Central Piedmont Community College! She is truly an asset to the college and we are delighted to have her in our department as our director.

Technology Spotlight: Caduceus Stylus for tablet use

Written by Kayla Earley, Lab Facilitator Disability Services

The Caduceus Stylus, the stylus with a funny name and a wealth of uses! If you have trouble holding a stylus or using a tablet, this flexible, lightweight stylus may be perfect for you.

The Caduceus Stylus has a bendable tip and extended flexible handle so you can wrap it around your wrist or even use it with your mouth. Still not convinced? iFaraday is now selling the Caduceus Stylus for only $20!

For more information about the Caduceus Stylus please visit the link below: