Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology is any device or software that is used by individuals with disabilities in order to aid them in everyday activities. Cape Fear Community College has a wide variety of Assistive Technologies available for student use. Please contact a Disability Support Services staff member for additional information.

Below is a list of the Assistive Technologies that are currently available at CFCC:

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking is a dictation software. Students simply speak into a microphone and Dragon will transform their voice into written text. Great for students who have trouble getting their ideas down onto paper, or who struggle with typing or writing by hand.
  • FM and Infrared Transmitters are designed with students with hearing impairments in mind. The instructor keeps a microphone near them and the instructor’s spoken word is transmitted to headphones the student is wearing.
  • JAWS is a screen reading software that is assists users with visual impairments in using a computer without the use of a mouse. JAWS reads the on screen text and the user navigates using keyboard commands.
  • Read & Write Gold is a software program that reads textbooks aloud. This software also has a built in dictionary and thesaurus and can assist students with writing assignments
  • SmartPens are designed to work and write like a premium ballpoint pen and a recorder. It saves handwritten notes associated with the recording.  The student writes notes on specialized paper that tells the smartpen precisely what’s been written or drawn. Students can also upload everything onto their computers to review later.
  • Talking Calculator– A calculator with audio output.
  • VideoEye! is a camera that works in connection with a computer monitor that navigates and enlarges paper documents and textbooks. Available on the North Campus.
  • ZoomText is a simple screen magnifier with useful color manipulation tools.


Office locations and hours:

Monday – Friday, 8 am-5 pm

Phone (910) 362-7800
For NC Relay Service for Video Phone or TTY: Dial 7-1-1
Fax: (910) 362-7113

Disability Support Services (DSS) is available at all CFCC locations.

DSS at the Downtown Campus location is in Union Station, Suite 218.

Please call (910) 362-7800 in order to schedule an appointment to be seen at the North Campus location (McKeithan Center, 100H), the Alston W. Burke Center at Surf City Center location or the Burgaw Center location.

Refer to CFCC’s Campus Maps and Driving Directions webpage for campus location information.