Rock Valley College

Assistive Technology

Special software or equipment, generally referred to as assistive technology (AT), is available to students with a a variety of disabilities.  AT products provide alternative ways for a student to access a program or service, complete a task, and/or to improve his/her efficiency by minimizing the effect(s) of the disability. AT products can range from low-tech (e.g., an alternative keyboard or a magnifying glass) to high-tech (e.g., screen reading software or a digital tape recorder). Computers located throughout the campus have AT software installed.  In addition, the DSS office has a large inventory of equipment that may be checked out on a loaner basis. 

Following are some examples of AT:

AT Software:


AT Equipment Available to Loan:

  • Digital Voice Recorders
  • iPads
  • Livescribe SmartPens
  • Looky Portable Electronic Magnifiers
  • Talking Organizers
  • Portable Audio Bookplayers
  • Intel Reader (portable device to scan and convert printed text into audio)
  • Mobile Text Scanner (Scan, store, and transfer text to computer)

We have many more products to assist you as well! For more information on locations or products, or to inquire about loaning an AT device, contact the DSS office at (815) 921-2371.