Assistive Technology at CPCC

The following assistive technology is available for use at Central Piedmont Community College. The list is in two sections; software and hardware. To locate this assistive technology on campus, contact the Lab Facilitator: Alysia Leak at  

Disability Services office at 704-330-6621or email


Dragon NaturallySpeaking – this software allows the user to create and edit documents and E-mail, fill out forms and streamline workflow – all by speaking! Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional version is section 508 certified, and offers complete hands-free use of the PC for users with disabilities.

JAWS® for Windows® - the most popular screen reader worldwide works with your PC to provide access to today’s software applications and the Internet. With its internal software speech synthesizer and the computer’s sound card, information from the screen is read aloud, providing technology to access a wide variety of information, education and job related applications. JAWS also outputs to refreshable braille displays, providing unmatched braille support of any screen reader on the market.

Kurzweil 3000 - is the premier reading, writing, and learning software for students with dyslexia, attention deficit disorder, or other learning difficulties, including physical impairments or language learning needs. The software can access virtually any information, whether it is printed, electronic, or on the Web. Because Kurzweil 3000 is also content independent, teachers in elementary schools, middle schools, high schools and colleges alike use it to help students succeed in the classroom regardless of curriculum or lesson plan.

ZoomText Magnifier/Reader -The world's best magnification and reading software for the vision impaired. Whether you're surfing the web, creating a document or mailing your friends, ZoomText lets you see, hear and use all of your applications easier than ever. 

Amigo Portable Magnifier – this slim, light, and portable magnifier enables people with low vision to see objects on the go. The battery-operated system incorporates a 6.5" viewing screen with tilting capabilities for optimal viewing.

Assistive Listening Devices (ALDs) – are devices composed of a microphone, transmitter component, receiver, and an earmold. This system amplifies only the sound source picked up by the microphone.  ALDs are used by people with all degrees of hearing loss, from mild to profound.