Academic Success Center (ASC)

The Academic Success Center (ASC) offers free services to all Northland students.

Assistive Technology

Northland provides some assistive technology for students in the Academic Success Center on both campuses, including screen magnifiers, mouse scanners, and recording pens. Please refer to Policy 2035 for information about the college’s accessibility policy, including definitions of disabilities and what reasonable accommodations can be made.

In addition, students are encouraged to visit the ASC to discuss their individual needs and preferences for assistive technology. While the college does not provide extensive assistive technology, it will work with students to recommend technology on a case-by-case basis. The purchase, installation, and maintenance of assistive technology is generally the student’s responsibility.

Students are encouraged to contact outside agencies such as the Department of Rehabilitation Services (Minnesota and North Dakota) or Northland's Veterans Resource Center for possible funding.


Assistive Technology for Students

Speech to Text/Text to Speech Software and Tools

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking -- from Nuance, one of the highest rated speech to text software packages
  • JAWS Screenreading Software -- from Freedom Scientific, one of the highest rated commercially available screen readers
  • NVDA -- Non-Visual Desktop Access, free screenreader for Microsoft PCs
  • Read & Write Screen Reader -- Literacy support tool that offers help with everyday tasks like reading text out loud, understanding unfamiliar words, researching assignments and proofing written work.

Pointing Tools/Touch Screen


Universal Design

This section provides information and links to assist faculty and web content designers in creating accessible content.

  • CAST Universal Design Homepage -- a nonprofit research and development organization for universal design
  • D2L Accessibility -- information on how universal design principles are incorporated into the D2L learning environment, including resources for course designers
  • Section 508 -- section of federal ADA code that applies to universal design requirements and includes professional development training in the 508 Universe section

Closed Captioning

Other Resources