Accessible Technology

Read & Write

Read & Write by TextHelp Systems supports people with reading, writing, pronouncing, and learning English.  It is an excellent resource for those who have learning disabilities such as dyslexia.  This software also offers flexible literacy solutions to help with studying and research.  This software is available to the public, and does not require approval from disability services.  Shoreline Community College owns an unlimited site license, allowing this software to be available for all Mac and PC computers on and off campus. 


MAGic and JAWS

MAGic and JAWS software by Freedom Scientific are available from any networked PC at Shoreline Community College.  This software is available to the public, and does not require approval for disability services.  They are intended to assist individuals with visual impairments.  MAGic magnifies the screen, provides contrast and color options, and reads selections out loud.  JAWS provides complete navigation of a computer using a keyboard with audio feedback.
Please call Student Accessibility Services for assistance with installation of this software at 206-546-4545.


Dragon Naturally Speaking, and Dragon Dictate for Mac, are programs by Nuance that facilitate speech to text.  The user of this product speaks into a microphone to allow hands-free navigation of computer systems, writing documents, and interaction with other applications.  Ask Student Accessibility Services for available locations.  Dragon works best with minimal background noise.  Students must be approved for disability accommodations in order to use the Student Accessibility Services computers equipped with Dragon in a quiet room.


Smartpens are accompanied by a special notebook.  The pen allows audio recording while writing notes.  Using the notebook, the user is able to navigate the audio transcript corresponding with what was written on the page.  Smartpens can also convert handwritten to typed text with computer-based software.

FM Systems

Student Accessibility Services can check out Pocketalker, Phonic Ear, and Motiva Personal FM systems.  These devices allow a person with a hearing impairment to listen to speech through headphones with adjustable volume, while reducing echo and background noise.  The microphone can be worn by the speaker, or placed on the table of a conference room.  Students must be approved for disability services to use this equipment.

Magnification Screens

Student Accessibility Services can supply magnification screens to students in class, or in a testing room, with approval of disability accommodations.


Other Technology and Equipment

This list does includes some, but not all, of the accessible/adaptive technology available to students.  For all other inquiries about accessible technology, please contact Student Accessibility Services at 206-546-4545.