Assistive Technology

Disability Assistive Technologies

Read & Write Gold

Provides literacy support such as word prediction, studying and a Speech Maker feature that can turn any block of text into an mp3 file.


Screen reading software for individuals with visual impairments or who are otherwise print impaired.

Zoom Text

Magnifies all text and graphics in computer applications. Primary users: individuals with low or limited vision.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Allows computer access and use by voice. Primary users: individuals with speech impairments, or who are unable to use a keyboard.


Magnifies hard copies and computer applications. Primary users: individuals with low or compromised vision.

Language Master Talking Spell Checkers

Provide auditory feedback with comprehensive dictionary. Primary users: individuals with auditory processing or spelling disabilities.

FM Wireless Listening Devices

Allow volume-controlled listening within the classroom. Primary users: individuals with ADD or those who are hard of hearing.

Tape Recorders

Record auditory information. Primary users: individuals who are blind, have a learning disability, or cannot take notes due to their disability.

NCR Paper

Allows note sharing through carbonless copy.

TCC Assistive Technology Locator

Virginia Beach Campus

PC Station I (Joint Use Library, 2nd Floor)

  • JAWS
  • Zoom Text
  • Read & Write Gold
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking

PC Station II (inside testing room)

  • Zoom Text
  • Read & Write Gold
  • Note: No Internet connection at this station

Also available:

  • CCTV
  • Noise Cancelling Headphones

Advanced Technology Center Open Computer Lab - Room H-208

  • JAWS
  • Zoom Text Extra
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking

Chesapeake Campus

Learning Assistance Center

  • Zoom Text
  • Read & Write Gold
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking

Testing Center

  • Read & Write Gold
  • Noise Cancelling Headphones

Norfolk Campus

Roper Center Open Computer Lab

  • JAWS
  • Zoom Text
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking

Additional Information

Braille resources are located at the Norfolk campus and are available to students from all campuses:

  • Megadots Braille Writing System
  • Mathematical Translator for Megadots
  • Romeo Brailler

Portable Equipment

The following portable equipment can be checked out from your Campus Disabilities Counselor/Provider:

  • Language Master-Talking Spell Checker
  • FM Wireless Listening Devices
  • Micro-cassette Tape Recorders
  • NCR Paper
  • Large Talking Calculators
  • Noise Cancelling Headphones
  • Live Scribe Pulse Pens and Notebooks