Access Technology

SUNY Cortland offers a variety of technologies that may help our students obtain equal access to College programs.


Access Technology Lab, B-204 Memorial Library

Our lab is reserved exclusively for students with disabilities, who may have access to it whenever Memorial Library is open. It includes five Windows PCs and one iMac, which are equipped with two scanners and the software listed below.

Public Computer Labs

In addition to the Access Technology Lab, all students have access to the public labs around campus. Read&Write and ZoomText are installed on select work stations in computer labs and can be installed on others upon request.

Access Technology Loaner Program

We have a limited number of LiveScribe pens, mp3 players, VictorReader Stream players, Quick-Link Pens, and other hardware available for loan to qualified students. Students using LiveScribe pens or other audio recording devices should notify instructors or other parties that they are being recorded. 



The College has a site license that allows all SUNY Cortland students to install Read&Write on their own computers. Its text-to-speech features are especially useful for those with dyslexia or low vision. Installation packages and instructions for this suite of reading, writing, research, and study tools are available for Mac and Windows. It is also available in the Access Technology Lab and on certain workstations in public computer labs.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking

This dictation software allows users to write on a computer by speaking into a microphone and is especially useful for those with limited mobility or certain learning disabilities. It is available in the Access Technology Lab.


ZoomText is a screen magnification software program that magnifies print from two to sixteen times in full screen and partial screen zoom windows and offers a variety of additional features to allow those with visual impairments to access Windows computers. It is available in the Access Technology Lab and on certain workstations in public computer labs.


Academic Apps

The Academic Apps blog, published jointly with The Learning Center, reviews software, including access technology, that may help all learners achieve academic success.

AT Training

Jeremy Zhe-Heimerman will meet with students individually to train them to use the access technologies that may best help them gain equal access to their coursework.


Some students with learning disabilities, blindness, or limited mobility may require textbooks in an alternate electronic format. See Reading Tools for more information.


Captioned films and videos display the verbal component of the soundtrack simultaneously on screen with the picture. This service for students who are deaf or hard of hearing is coordinated by faculty through the Disability Resources Office, Campus Technology Services, and/or Memorial Library.

Contact Us

Sue Sprague, Director
Kellie Duff, Secretary
Van Hoesen Hall, Room C-17
Fax 607-753-5495
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Jeremy Zhe-Heimerman, Assistant Director
Tori Morsette, Graduate Assistant
Caitlin Schuler, Graduate Assistant
Memorial Library, Room B-204