SDS Assistive Technology
Students may use a variety of different assistive technologies and text formats to access their course materials and the DU experience. We are here to support students in learning about these tools!
Alternate Format Text
Request Textbooks or Course Content in Alternate Formats
Students with the Alternate Format Text accommodation can request their textbooks and course materials in alternate formats. Remember, you need to purchase your textbook and provide a receipt when you request! Make your request as soon as possible! While we move as fast as we can, it can take up to 3 weeks to procure alternate format copies. If you have any questions, please contact us at DSP@du.edu.
Students, please have the following information available when completing this form:
For Textbook Requests
- Book title, author, edition (if applicable), and ISBN
- Course number
- Proof of Purchase
For Canvas Content Requests
- Course number and section
- Instructor name
- Information about the specific content needed (Week, name of assignment, etc.)
Assistive Technology Quick Links
Text-to-Speech (Read Aloud) Software
Kurzweil 3000 is FREE for all DU students, faculty, and staff to use!
- Kurzweil 3000 is a screen reader for the Windows and macOS operating systems.
- To sign up for Kurzweil
- Go to: Kurzweil log in page
- Click “sign in with Microsoft”
- Sign in using your DU email and password
- Opening a PDF in Kurzweil
- Add the Chrome browser extension for Kurzweil to read webpages
Audio Recording Technologies
Glean for Education
Glean for Education is an audio recording notetaking platform that will allow you to record alongside your notes. If you are approved for audio recordings in class as an accommodation, reach out to us to request an account and to learn more.
Livescribe Pulse Pen
Livescribe Pens record audio while you take notes on paper. If you prefer to take notes on paper, this option is for you. If you are approved for audio recordings in class as an accommodation, reach out to us to request a pen for loan and to learn more.
We provide Glean for Education and Livescribe Smart Pens for students with an audio recording accommodation. However, there are other technologies out there that you may wish to peruse on your own.
Executive Functioning Tools
Some individuals with disabilities struggle with executive functioning. There are a wealth of resources out there to support you, but sometimes it can be hard to narrow them down! Most of these tools are free, and you are welcome to purchase a subscription to any you might wish. Play around and find what is best for you!
Goblin tools can is a collection of tools designed to help neurodivergent folx with tasks they find overwhelming or difficult:
- break down any task into manageable steps
- detect the tone of an email
- make your emails more formal
- estimate how long a task will take you.
Habitica is a productivity app that helps you form habits and increases productivity by gamifying your tasks.
Forest is an app that supports your focus. Whenever you want to stay focused, you plant a tree. Staying focused for the amount of time you set allows your tree and forest to grow.
Both of these web apps use the Pomodoro method of time management.
I-Connect is system that supports self-monitoring for self-advocacy, academic engagement, and pro-social behaviors.
There are a variety of mindfulness apps out there! Here are a few popular ones: