Office of Accessibility Resources & Services

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Assistive Technology

Software

Screen Readers

  • JAWS is a screen reader, a software program for visually impaired users. Its purpose is to make personal computers using Microsoft Windows accessible to blind and visually impaired users. It accomplishes this by providing the user with access to the information displayed on the screen via text-to-speech or by means of Braille display and allows for more comprehensive keyboard interaction with the computer.

Text-to-Speech Software

OTTER.Ai. Recording and Transcription Software

  • Record & Playback (0.5x, 1x, 2x)
  • Transcribe in Real Time
  • Identify Speakers
  • Generate Summary Keywords & Word Cloud
  • Search by Keywords
  • Edit, Highlight, Comment, Add Image
  • Share & Collaborate with Groups
  • Organize with Folders
  • Export Audio & Text (TXT)
  • Sync Zoom Cloud Recordings

Speech-to-Text Software

  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional 9 is speech-to-text software that enables users to talk to the computer instead of typing. The advantage of this is that the average person talks at around 120 words per minute, but only types 40 words per minute. This allows the user to complete documents up to three times faster than they would by typing alone. After training, Dragon NaturallySpeaking boasts a 99% speech accuracy.

Screen Magnifiers

  • ZoomText is a screen magnifier with a built-in screen reader. It also has options to customize the monitor’s color scheme and mouse pointers to best suit the user.

Read and Write Gold Software

Read&Write is an easy-to-use, intuitive toolbar add-on for PCs and Macs that supports students with reading, writing, studying, and research. Read&Write seamlessly integrates with Microsoft applications, PDFs, e-mail, the Internet, and other software. With over 20 tools available, you can:

  • Hear text read aloud to improve reading comprehension, with a choice of natural voices.
  • Understand unfamiliar words with text and picture dictionaries.
  • Highlight and copy text from documents and web pages to create study guides, outlines or complete assignments.
  • Supports writing skills with word prediction.
  • Turn text from documents and web pages into MP3 sound files for listening on the move.
  • Check writing mistakes with proofreading tools.

Hardware

We have the following items available to loan to students registered with our office upon request and approval:

Computer Labs

The following computer labs on campus have the adaptive technology software available for use:

Office of Accessibility Resources and Services Lab:

  • JAWS
  • ZoomText
  • Kurzweil 1000
  • Kurzweil 3000 (full version)
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking Professional 9

Superlab:

  • JAWS
  • ZoomText
  • Kurzweil 3000 (full version with scanner, computers #95-97, #103-104)
  • Kurzweil 3000 (read-only version, computers #98-99)

Bryan 211, 212; Eberhart 160, HHP 338, Petty 222:

  • JAWS
  • ZoomText

Bryan 213:

  • JAWS
  • ZoomText
  • Kurzweil 3000 (read-only version, computer #21)

Bryan 221:

  • JAWS
  • ZoomText
  • Kurzweil 3000 (read-only version, computer #13)

Graham 202:

  • JAWS
  • ZoomText
  • Kurzweil 3000 (read-only version, computer #1)

MHRA 1305:

  • JAWS
  • ZoomText
  • Kurzweil 3000 (read-only version, computers #15 and #20)

Moore 322, Stone 127:

  • JAWS
  • ZoomText
  • Kurzweil 3000 (read-only version, computer #4)