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Assistive Technology

Below is an overview of the assistive technologies at NDSU.


Assistive technology refers to any product, device, or equipment that is used to maintain, increase or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities. These tools are designed and developed in accordance with the internationally recognized Web Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG).

  • Blackboard Ally works seamlessly with Blackboard to check the accessibility of course content, provides instructors with guidance, and generates alternative formats for documents. 
  • Accessibility Checkers – The accessibility checking tools can identify many issues in documents that may conflict with accessibility guidelines. These tools provide guidance to fix the issues.
  • There are a variety of assistive technology tools available for individuals with different needs. More common examples can include; hearing aids, glasses, wheelchairs, crutches, tablets, electronic braille devices, closed captioning, and descriptive language. Learn more at the Assistive Technology Industry Association.

Help, consultation, training

IT Help Desk

Intended Audience

  • Faculty
  • Staff
  • Students

Using this solution


24/7/365 [*Standard outages]


University-funded: no charge.


Must be a campus-supported product

Getting Started

Getting started will vary by the product selected. Review specific products as starting point.

Best Practices

Assistive technology provides tools that can increase the availability of opportunities for education, social interactions, and potential for meaningful employment. These tools also support student, faculty, and staff participation in a variety of learning experiences.  
Visit Disability Services Assistive Technology for more information on student support.

Learn More/How To's

How To's vary by the product selected. Review specific products as starting point.


FAQs will vary by the product selected. Review specific products as starting point.

Use Cases

Assistive technology products help people with a wide variety of abilities navigate the digital world in non-traditional ways. People with visual, auditory, mobility, and cognitive issues can use these tools to access digital content in ways that best fit their individual needs.

Universal Design/Accessibility

Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and digital accessibility both seek to increase learning access and reduce barriers for students. Integrating guidelines and strategies for into course activities, meetings, discussions, and interaction with students, staff, and faculty provides a welcoming message that all are included.

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Keywords:service, assistive technology, accessibility, disability services, universal design, vision disorder, hearing disorder   Doc ID:114412
Owner:Sharley K.Group:IT Knowledge Base
Created:2021-10-20 16:08 CDTUpdated:2023-02-22 12:14 CDT
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