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Technology FAQs

A selection of captioned videos and step-by-step instructions on some of the most common assistive technology, web-based tools, and services utilized by students, staff and faculty at Sonoma State University are listed on this page. For details on each technology, click on the topical links below. 

Computer Labs and Stations

  • AsTECH Lab, Schulz 1058C, a dedicated lab for the use of assistive technology, will be moving to the 3rd floor of the library (Schulz 3046) during Summer 2024. Date to be determined.
  • CAASE lounge and computer lab, located in Schulz 1106
  • Labs, Tech Classrooms (opens in new window)

Assistive Technologies

The letter A. Ally icon

Students use Ally to convert files from Canvas courses to more accessible formats including audio MP3s, ePubs, eBraille, tagged PDFs, and more.

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Closed captioning allows individuals who are Deaf or hard of hearing to access the content of your videos.

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Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTVs) magnify and enhance the contrast of text pages and images placed under a built-in video camera.

A square on the side, ,ade with thin black lines. Equatio icon

Take screenshots of math equations and use EquatIO to convert them into accessible math, which will automatically be read aloud.

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Dragon Natural Speaking

Students use this speech-recognition software to control computer operations, input data, and compose text-based files with their voice.

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Visually impaired students use this screen reader software that reads aloud the contents of a computer screen including text, forms, navigation menus, and links on web pages.

A blend of the letter "N", "D", "V" and "A".  NVDA icon

NVDA, is a free screen reader for blind and vision-impaired students to access and interact with operating systems and common applications.

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PC/Mac Accessibility Features

Windows 10 and macOS have accessibility features such as narration, magnification, contrast adjustments, closed captions, keyboard, and mouse options.

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Zoomtext Magnifier Reader

ZoomText enlarges and enhances everything on computer screens and also reads aloud documents, web pages, and email.

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Read & Write (R&W)

Students use R&W to have digital books read aloud, annotate, and highlight sections from articles to transfer onto Google docs in preparation for tests or research papers.

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Messenger Pigeon

 Messenger Pigeon allows you to not only capture and organize content but also engage with it.

Other SSU Technologies

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Adobe Creative Cloud

Use Adobe Creative Cloud to create graphics, posters, videos, and more with Acrobat DC, Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Premiere, Dimension 3D, and Spark.

Canvas icon, black circle with white 8 pointed star in the middle.  A circle of black dots are inside the white star.

Canvas is SSU's Learning Management System (LMS). Students use Canvas to access course syllabi, assignment details, online quizzes, announcements, and readings.

The letter G
G Suite (Google Apps)

Create, collaborate, and share documents, slides, and spreadsheets in Google Drive then use Read& Write with these files. Boost productivity with Gchat, meet, email, and calendar.

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Kivuto Software Downloads

Sign into Kivuto with your Seawolf account to browse through available software, and download for free or at a discounted rate.

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Top Hat

Top Hat is a web-based tool instructors use to take student attendance and administer (in-class and online) polls, quizzes, and tournament games. Students use mobile devices to participate.

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Universal Access Hub

The Universal Access Hub (UAH) provides resources and assistance to SSU faculty, staff, and students to improve the accessibility of course content and campus webpages.

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Yuja Video

Yuja is SSU's lecture and online video recording management system. Videos may include editable captions, embedded quiz questions, and linked supplementary files for students to download.

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Zoom Web Conferencing

Zoom is a web conferencing tool that allows instructors to host an entire class meeting online with webcam, screen-sharing and annotation, voice, and text-based chat.

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Faculty and students create surveys and share results to further inform project development or complete written assignments based on research data and analysis.