Student Accessibility Services

Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (AT) is any piece of equipment, product, or system which is utilized to improve the functional capacities of a person’s learning or living environment and can be used by people with a wide range of abilities. Each user is able to interact with the technology in ways that work best for them, thus incorporating the principles of universal design. Individuals at the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) have access to various assistive technologies on campus to support their academic needs. This section highlights the technologies available to students through Student Accessibility Services (SAS).


C-PEN pen scanners become a great piece of assistive technology for reading and empowering reluctant readers, students with reading difficulties (e.g., dyslexia), and English Language Learning (ELL) students to become more independent.

C-PEN demonstration and instructional video


Speech-to-text (also called dictation, voice-to-text, or voice recognition) is assistive technology that helps with writing. Check out the list of various speech-to-text resources on the Rod Library website.