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The use of assistive technology (AT) is open to all students who would benefit from using assistive/adaptive software or hardware. The AT Lab in Academic Support Programs is open during normal business hours. The AT stations in the Library and Main Lab are available any hours that those offices are open.
Faculty and staff can check out our AT page for more information on how AT supports students.
Training is available in the use of various AT programs or environment adaptions. Please contact the AT Specialist to schedule a training session.
A variety of specialized items are available for loan on a term-by-term basis, including digital recorders, Livescribe pens, AlphaSmart keyboards, and specialized pointing devices (mice). Other hardware, such as CCTVs and Braille embossers, are available for use in place on campus. For more information about specialized hardware for checkout or use in place, please contact us.
The following applications are available on all campus lab computers.
- Premier Literacy Suite: This software suite has a number of tools that are useful to many students, but were specifically designed for students with low vision or learning disabilities. For more information, check out the Premier Suite page.
- Kurzweil3000: Kurzweil has several capabilities and works for students of varying disabilities. It has a text-to-speech function that will read text aloud to you. This is great when working with e-text or textbook information you scan yourself. Kurzweil also has some fantastic studying capabilities, especially helpful for students with learning disabilities. You can highlight, add notes, and extract specific information for studying.
- ZoomText: ZoomText enlarges the screen for students with visual disabilities. It also has limited screen-reading functions, primarily for menu and dialog box text.
- JAWS:JAWS is a full-function screen reader. For students with visual disabilities, you can hear what is on any section of the screen, including both text and program functions.
The following applications are installed on specific adaptive stations in the Main Computer Lab, the Library Lab, the Commuter Resource Center, the HEC Computer Lab (Medford) and in the AT Lab.
- Duxbury: Duxbury translates documents into Braille for refreshable Braille display use or for printing embossed Braille hard copies.Duxbury is currently available in the AT lab and is connected to an Index Braille embosser.
- Dragon Naturally Speaking: Dragon is a speech-to-text program. For students with physical disabilities that make typing difficult, Dragon operates your keyboard for you. It is not, however, a “quick fix” – you need to invest time in it to get it to work properly for you. To purchase Dragon for your computer, contact the Bookstore for special pricing.Dragon is available at all of the above locations.