The Universal College Campus – Accessible Technology for All

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Presented at 11:45am in Standley I Lab on Friday, November 18, 2016.



  • Brad Held, Accessible Technology Coordinator, University of Central Fl

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format:
  • Expertise Level: Not provided
  • Type of session: General Conference


Starting by providing examples of how accessible technology mirrors everyday technology used by society, the discussion will move toward common academic challenges experienced by all students in college. The presenter will explain the power of audio learning, introduce note-taking technology, explore using literacy tools for the entire institution.


For a long time accessible technology has been seen as a very specific accommodation for students who have additional needs due to disability. But what about those students who struggle academically but are not connected with disability services? In reality, many students who would benefit from AT tools do not have access to it and are often not even aware it exists. A truly universal college campus will not only make learning accessible for disabled students, but also make AT accessible to all those who can benefit from it. In this presentation, the University of Central Florida (UCF) will discuss how they have managed to work with academic services and the athletic department on their latest project with universal learning tools: a literacy software suite called Read & Write and a software-base notetaking solution called Sonocent Audio Notetaker. They will discuss the core challenges of all students across campus and discuss how AT can be used for support and learning


  1. First Key Learning Objective is to understand the 5 key challenges of all college students.
  2. Second Key Learning Objective is to be able to interpret how audio is key to a UDL environment.
  3. Third Key Learning Objective is to be able to assess how literacy and notetaking tools could be applied

Disability Areas


Topic Areas

Assistive Technology

Speaker Bio(s)

Brad Held

Brad Held has been the Assistant Director - Accessible Technology for the Student Accessibility Services office at University of Central Florida (UCF) for the past four years. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Applied Biotechnology at the University of Georgia in 2006. Prior to arriving at UCF, Brad worked in Assistive Technology for almost ten years: four years in a public school K-12 setting with Gwinnett County Public Schools in Georgia and five years in higher-education at The University of Georgia and The University of South Carolina. He is certified in Assistive Technology Applications. Aside from helping UCF students received academic supports, Brad also has a learning disability. Brad uses his personal experience to aid students in being active participants in the accommodation process.



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