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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. It also has an Acrobat HD CCTV magnifier.

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, FM hearing systems, mp3 players, 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.

Office 365

As a Microsoft campus, every student at SUNY Cortland has access to the leading accessibility tools in Office 365.

  • OneNote is an exceptional note-taking and organizational tool. One feature allows users to sync an audio recording to the notes students take in class.
  • Teams includes high quality automated captions.
  • Text can be read aloud in Word and OneNote.
  • Students may dictate into Word documents.


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.

Memorial Library Accessibility

Memorial Library provides a variety of tools and services to allow students equal access to all its offerings. 


Automated captions are included in SUNY Cortland's Teams and Webex meetings. Captions are also provided in most library and course videos. Students who require 99% accurate captions may request them as an accommodation through Disability Resources to ensure the captions provide equal access. 

Contact Us

Sue Sprague, Director
Patrick McLorn, Administrative Assistant

Van Hoesen Hall, Room C-17
Fax 607-753-5495
Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Jeremy Zhe-Heimerman, Assistant Director
Fahima Aqtar, Graduate Assistant
Amanda Bloom, Graduate Assistant
Memorial Library, Room B-204