Assistive Technology

VSCC uses some of the latest assistive technologies on the market. Use the links below to explore some of the software programs we offer. Adaptive software is available on a stand-alone computer in the Office of Disability Services suite as well as the ADA computer in the college’s library. ZoomText is available on multiple computers across campus. In addition to software, VSCC also has audio recorders, PC Tablets, and laptops available for student use in class. Please call our office at (615) 230 - 3472 for additional information.

Dragon Naturally Speaking:

The Dragon Naturally Speaking product line adds speech recognition capabilities to the PC, thus enabling users to work virtually hands free when creating documents, accessing data, or navigating their desktop. It also includes the RealSpeak text-to-speech software, allowing users to hear text read to them in a very natural sounding voice. Click HERE - Scansoft for the company's website.

Kurzweil 3000:

Kurzweil 3000 for Windows was first introduced in 1996. It has since become the leading reading, writing and learning solution for individuals of all ages with learning difficulties like dyslexia, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (AD/HD) and other literacy difficulties.

Teachers have demonstrated time and again that Kurzweil 3000 provides students the tools they need to improve their reading speed and comprehension, plus a suite of features that make it possible for them to learn and study independently. In this way, it has helped improve their academic experience, their ability to function effectively in the workplace and the quality of their daily lives. For students who have difficulty physically accessing curriculum materials, Kurzweil 3000 provides a digital means of engaging with text and can support students who use alternative methods for accessing the computer. Click HERE - Kurzweil for the company's website.


JAWS is a software program for individuals who are blind or have visual impairments published by Freedom Scientific. JAWS provides the user with access to the information displayed on the screen via text-to-speech (reads aloud what is on the PC screen) and allows for comprehensive keyboard interaction with the computer.

ZoomText 8.1:

ZoomText Magnifier/ScreenReader echoes typing, reads information pointed to by the mouse, and speaks program events as they occur. Flexible verbosity settings give you complete control over the amount of information spoken by ZoomText.

The new AppReader reads documents, web pages and email, from within the parent application. And with ZoomText's specialized application support for Microsoft Word, Excel, Outlook, Internet Explorer, Acrobat and Java, you'll be reading documents and web pages with 100% accuracy. Click HERE - Airsquared for the company's website.