Disability Support Services

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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology (AT) is any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities. Not all AT is high-tech! Assistive technology can be as simple as corrective lenses or pencil grips and as high-tech as screen readers and voice dictation programs

Below is a listing of Assistive Software and Assistive Equipment we offer.  Expand each section to see a listing of products.

Have questions? Contact

Samantha Broughton

Assistive Technology Accommodations Coordinator (ATAC)

(210) 784-1566


Read&Write is a software toolbar that helps students create and access content with the literacy support features needed to engage with a personalized learning experience - helping every member of the class meet their full potential.

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Made to help mathematics and STEM teachers and students at all levels, EquatIO® lets everyone create mathematical equations, formulas, Desmos graphs, and more on their computer or Chromebook.Input’s easy. Type, handwrite, or dictate any expression, with no tricky coding or math languages to master. 

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A&M-SA was the 1 st university in San Antonio, 1 st in the A&M System, and 2 nd university in Texas to become an Aira campus!  This technology company is dedicated to making lives simpler, easier, and more fun.  Aira uses the latest technologies to connect people who are blind or have low vision with real, highly-trained professionals who provide visual information on demand.  Sign up today !

Fusion is the ultimate accessibility tool for individuals with any level of vision impairment. Fusion provides the best of both worlds – ZoomText, with its screen magnification and visual enhancements for screen viewing ease, coupled with the power and speed of JAWS for screen reading functionality.

By blending ZoomText and JAWS together, Fusion has flexible, high-quality speech using Eloquence and Vocalizer Expressive, powerful keyboard access including navigation on the web, and a wide range of customization options. And with a Fusion license, you can choose to run either just ZoomText or JAWS by themselves or combined as Fusion. Three products in one!

JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is the world’s most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC. You will be able to navigate the Internet, write a document, read an email and create presentations from your office, remote desktop, or from home.

ZoomText Magnifier/Reader is a fully integrated magnification and reading program tailored for low-vision users. Magnifier/Reader enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, echoes your typing and essential program activity, and automatically reads documents, web pages, email.

NVDA is open source software, which means the code is accessible to anyone. This enables translators and developers around the world to continually contribute to its expansion and improvement.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Turn talk into text and control your PC with the world's best-selling speech recognition software. Dictate documents, send email, search the web, and more - 3x faster than typing. Dragon v15 introduces a next-generation speech engine leveraging Deep Learning technology and adaptation techniques that continuously adjust to your voice or environmental variations. The result? Up to 99% accuracy and major time savings from the word go

Central Access Reader (CAR) is free, open-source, text-to-speech application designed specifically for students with print-related disabilities.  CAR reads Word Docs and pasted text using the voice installed on your computer.  CAR has an intuitive interface and many customizable features. 

Blind and Low Vision Section

Blind and Low Vision

Aira Horizon Smart Glasses and smartphone 

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Aira is a service that connects blind and low-vision people to highly trained, remotely-located agents. Through an app on your smartphone, or through an optional pair of Horizon Smart Glasses, Aira delivers instant access to visual information at the touch of a button – enhancing everyday efficiency, engagement, and independence. Straightforward and simple.

Brailliant Braille Displays 

HumanWare's new Brailliant B display is designed for extensive reading with the full comfort and intuitive display navigation of HumanWare's signature thumb keys.

BrailleNote Touch 32 Plus 

The ever-innovative BrailleNote Touch Plus combines the simplicity and accessibility of a note taker with the power and efficiency of a modern smartphone or tablet. Supported by the Android Oreo platform, it expands the entire experience and fulfills today’s digital expectations. BrailleNote Touch Plus is hands down the most up-to-date, powerful and efficient braille note taker on the market!

CCTV (Closed Circuit Television) 

Closed Circuit Television devices are dedicated to improving the lives of blind and visually-impaired individuals through adaptive technology. Here at Christal Vision, we strive to meet an individual's needs with the most up-to-date technology on the market.

Color Overlays 

Irlen Overlays are the original colored overlay technology. They are used by hundreds of thousands of students and over one-million people worldwide. Irlen Overlays are the only colored overlays available backed by more than a decade of scientific research and used by more than 4,000 school districts worldwide.

Snow 10 Pro

Zoomax Snow 10 Pro is the perfect blend of portability, affordability, and advanced functionality typically found in devices costing much more. Standard features include OCR and text-to-speech, and a 3-way camera that adjusts for distance viewing, reading, or as a mirror. With an MP3 music player, the ability to store 1,000 images, and magnification to 19x, Snow 10 Pro delivers!

3-D Maps

Students can better navigate the A&M-San Antonio campus with small 3-D models that represent the campus buildings and other structures, while directions and other details are printed in braille.



Deaf and Hard of Hearing Section

Deaf and Hard of Hearing


Digitally synthesized wireless auditory assistance kit. Includes M-216 wireless microphone transmitter, CM-183 RT omni-directional lapel microphone, PR-216 personal receiver, NTC-102 neckloop transductor, SM-N earphone assembly, NBC 9-3-2 digital fast charger, two NH9-200 Ni-MH rechargeable batteries, CB-36 ST auxiliary audio input cable, FWA-216 flexible whip antenna, TM-10 conference table microphone adapter, and C-216 carrying case. 

FM System

FM systems are designed to help individuals needing auditory assistance or language interpretation overcome background noise, reverberation and distance from the sound source. Ideal for large-group listening scenarios. Individuals use personal FM receivers anywhere within the coverage area to hear crystal-clear sound directly from the sound source.

Roger Pen

The Roger Pen is a wireless microphone that can be used in combination with your hearing aids. It helps you to hear and understand more speech in noise and over distance. It also helps in reverberant acoustic environments where there are lots of hard surfaces or echoes in the room.

Roger Select

Roger Select iN is a versatile microphone ideal for situations where background noise is present. Placed on a table, it discreetly and automatically selects the person who is talking and seamlessly switches from one talker to another.


This revolutionary device with Text to Speech will help to eliminate bluffing, frustration and communication barriers, as well as promote communication equality. Use it to empower people to share their thoughts and emotions seamlessly in real time text and hear each other just as in a normal conversation.

Mobility Section



Tap is a one-handed, eyes-free, easy to learn, ergonomic wearable keyboard that translates your finger taps (on any surface) into letters, numbers, and commands.