Assistive Technology Student Support Services

The Access and Disability Resource Center provides assistive technology support to students via specialized computers, loaner equipment and more. We want every Oakton student to have the opportunity to learn in an inclusive environment that allows them to study effectively and comfortably. You can make arrangements for assistive technology to be available in specific areas of campus with the help of our Assistive Technology Specialist. Or, stop by the center to use one of our specifically outfitted computers.

Assistive technology helps students with disabilities by changing the functionality of learning materials. This technology can range from something mechanical like a specialized camera to a digital product such as a computer app. Oakton offers both mechanical–hardware– and digital–software–assistive technology products to students, listed below.

Questions About Assistive Technology?

To start getting assistance, contact Laura Pristera, our Assistive Technology Specialist. You can also learn more about how to request disability services and read some common questions-and-answers regarding Oakton's assistive technology support services.

Request Assistive Services

Laura Pristera
Assistive Technology Specialist

Des Plaines
Room 2400

Room A135

Literacy Software

Helps students complete reading, writing, research assignments and tests.

  • Kurzweil 3000
    Reads text aloud to students from digital and print formats. Scans documents in color and black/white.
  • Read & Write 9 GOLD
    A literacy software solution that allows students to complete reading, writing and research assignments, as well as take notes.
  • WYNN
    Transforms printed text into spoken word to help with reading, comprehension and writing.
Accessibility Software

Magnifies computer window, reads digital text aloud.

  • ZoomText
    Magnifies/enlarges the screen to provide a better view for reading and provides a text reader application.
  • JAWS Screenreader
    Allows students who are blind or have low vision to read the computer screen by converting text to speech.
Speech to Text
  • Dragon-Naturally Speaking
    Turns talk into text, transcribing up to 160 words a minute. Creates documents, emails and completes forms.
Duxbury Braille Translator/Braille Conversion

Converts digital text to braille for printing and enables blind and visually impaired to read and write.

Service - CART (Communication Access Real-time Translation)

Provides students who are deaf or hard of hearing the instant translation of what is being said into a visual display to be read.

CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television)

Projects a magnified image onto a video monitor or a television (TV) screen.

  • SmartView 360
    Provides a camera to see across a room and enlarge/magnify any text through a monitor or a television screen.
  • SmartView Synergy SI Magnifier
    Offers a wider field of vision to display a document’s full width easily.
Scanner/Book Reader

Scans, converts images to PDF, and reads text.

  • Intel Reader
    Reads scanned materials that are saved on the computer.
  • Plustek Bookreader
    Integrates high-speed scanning and accurate text-to-speech capabilities.
Note-taking Tools
  • Livescribe Echo Smartpen
    Records and plays back everything written and heard.
Auditory Aid
  • Motiva Personal FM System
    For classroom amplification and recording.

Who has access to Oakton’s services?

Though primarily intended for students with disabilities, all students have access to A.T. resources.

Where do I find these services at Oakton?

Resources are available throughout the semester in the Learning Centers at both campuses.
Des Plaines (Room 2400)
Skokie (Room A135)

When can I receive services?

Resources are available throughout the semester in the Learning Center. Interested students must first speak with an ADRC staff member who will determine the appropriate services to provide.

Can students borrow equipment to use outside of the college?

Yes, there is a loan program.  Students also can request assistive technology in their classrooms or other campus areas where they study.

Where can I learn more about Oakton’s A.T. services?

The ADRC holds workshops throughout the semester to inform students about the resources the office provides.  These workshops acquaint students with the technologies and services available through the ADRC. Students also can schedule one-on-one appointments with the Assistive Technology Specialist, Laura Pristera, at 847.635.2656.