Technology Tutorial

Students who utilize alternative text formats are blind, visually impaired or have a learning disability such as dyslexia, that significantly affects their ability to read printed formats. Commonly used Assistive Technology software at USF is listed below.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition software makes it easier for anyone to use a computer. You talk, and it types. Use your voice to create and edit documents or emails, launch applications, open files, control your mouse, and more.

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Freedom Scientific's JAWS reads aloud what's on your PC screen. It gives you powerful access to PC applications via speech and Braille while working with all your Microsoft applications. JAWS is also compatible with Microsoft Office Suite, MSN Messenger, Corel WordPerfect, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Internet Explorer, Firefox and more.

Microsoft Accessibility Tools

There are no limits to what people can achieve when technology reflects the diversity of everyone who uses it. Discover how Microsoft is empowering students at home and school to achieve more with accessibility capabilities built into Microsoft technologies.

Natural Reader

Natural Reader is a Text to Speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy to use software can convert any written text such as MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, and Emails into spoken words. Natural Reader can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV for your CD player or iPod.


Ai Squared's Zoom Text Magnifier is an advanced screen magnification program that enlarges and enhances everything on the computer screen, making your computer easier to see and use.