[Athen] What's up with AT?

Kurkjian, Nazely Nazely.Kurkjian at suny.edu
Thu Jun 17 07:00:37 PDT 2021

Dear Colleagues,

I hope you've had a restful and fun start to your summer!

I'm thinking a lot about how we approached AT in the past and how we will approach AT now/in the future. At our system, many of our campuses don't have AT specialists. As such, we've all landed on one or two "Cadillac" TTS technologies to support disabled students. For those who do have AT specialists, I trust they have more expertise and time to conduct research and work more individually with students on what's built into their devices and what works best for them.

Over the course of the pandemic, we had to pivot to various technologies that integrated with exam security software and other third party products to provide equitable access. Many of our campuses are coming back fully in person in the Fall. Others will continue hyflex and hybrid delivery models (several were already doing this pre-COVID).

That being said, have you shifted your perspective and purchases re: literacy / text to speech assistive technologies?

Have you moved from commonly used software like Kurzweil or Read&Write to products like ReadSpeaker? If so, will you continue to use ReadSpeaker - in addition to or instead of Kurzweil and Read&Write?

Also curious - How are you assessing AT utilization and effectiveness?



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Nazely Kurkjian, CPACC (she/hers)
SUNY System EIT Accessibility Officer
The State University of New York
H. Carl McCall Building - Albany, New York 12246

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