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Assistive Technology Lab

Two of the computers in the AT Lab.

The Assistive Technology, AT, Lab partially funded by the Dorothy Broyles and LIVE Foundations, is a place where students can study in an accessible environment that has two height-adjustable computer desks and two standard study desks.

The AT Lab is:

  • Located in Room 137 of the Rendezvous Center on ISU's Pocatello campus.
  • Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

For enhanced safety due to COVID-19, only three students are allowed to be in the lab at a time. If you show up to the lab and there are already three people in the lab, then please go upstairs to use the Rendezvous 24 hour Lab. To ensure access to this lab during after hours, please contact Disability Services (DS) so that the Rendezvous Center can be added to your Bengal card access. DS can be contacted by calling (208) 282-3599 or emailing ada@isu.edu

In the Assistive Technology Lab we provide many digital tools that support those in the ISU community.

Explore the tools below and schedule a digital tool consultation with DS by calling (208) 282-3599 or emailing disabilityservices@isu.edu about the tool(s) you’d like to look into.

Literacy Tool

Read & Write for Education is a literacy support tool with nearly 30 different functions used to boost reading and writing skills. From reading aloud text on websites, emails, and documents to making sure you are using the right verb tense, Read & Write improves your literacy. Read&Write is available for Windows, Mac, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, iPad, and Android. Teachers and students can use Read&Write on their laptop, tablet, or Chromebook.

Read&Write is available to the entire ISU community. It can be accessed on the main computer labs at the Pocatello campus, and it can also be downloaded onto your compatible personal devices.  

Note-Taking Tool

The Echo Livescribe Smartpen syncs the audio taken in the classroom with the written notes you take. This allows you to playback the desired parts of your lecture.

Echo Livescribe Smartpens are checked out to students on a case-by-case basis who have qualifying disabilities.


Glean Note-Taking Tool

Glean note-taking boosts your ability to learn and build knowledge from class.
Glean’s note-taking solution records audio notes so you can capture and learn from information more effectively and it includes talk-to-text functions. Glean doesn’t take notes for you. It gives you a simple note-taking process that scaffolds how you learn from information so you build effective note-taking skills.


Screen Reading Tool

JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is the world's most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC. (Source: Freedom Scientific/Jaws website.)  

JAWS is provided to students on a case-by-case basis who have qualifying disabilities.


Speech Recognition Tool

Dragon Naturally Speaking Version 13 is the speech recognition software that types the text you speak into your computer. This allows you to put the text you need into websites, emails, and documents. Dragon lets you use your computer hands-free by letting you speak your commands.  

Dragon is provided to students on a case-by-case basis who have qualifying disabilities.

The lists of tools above are not exhaustive. Please address your needs with DS so the right tool can be provided for your needs.