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Assistive Technology Lab


The Assistive Technology, AT, Lab partially funded by the Dorothy Broyles and LIVE Foundations, is a place where students have one-on-one training on digital tools and where they can study in an accessible environment. With two height adjustable computer desks and two standard study desks, students can focus in a comfortable space. AT workshops are given twice a month. The AT Lab is located in Rendevous 137.

Due to demand students should reserve a seat for studying and/or an AT workshop during the regular business hours (8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday - Friday) by calling (208) 282-3599 or e-mailing Outside of regular business hours the lab is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on a first-come, first-served basis. To ensure access to this lab during after hours please contact DS so that the Rendezvous building can be added to your bengal card access.

In the AT 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 about the tool(s) you’d like to look into.

Literacy Tool

Read & Write Gold 11.5 is the literacy support tool with nearly 30 different functions used to boost your 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 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.

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:

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 let’s 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.



Sonocent Audio Notetaker is a note-taking software and companion mobile app which allows students to access spoken language more effectively in class, lectures, and on field trips. Sonocent allows students to build independent study skills and create complete, useful resources for their studies.

Check out this video to see how Sonocent can help you take better notes:

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Finding focus in class with Sonocent:

"For me, it's much more than note-taking software... I mainly use it for writing essays, compiling research for those essays, and for brainstorming."

Yishai Barth, College Student, USA


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