Assistive Technology

Reading pens – Allows individuals to scan a line of text and reads it out loud. 

Capture Perfect software program – Enables a large book to be placed face down so it scans two pages at one time and splits the image into two separate pages. It also has duplex and simplex capabilities.

Kurzweil 3000 Reader Program – After textbooks and other written materials are scanned into an electronic file, the program converts it into a file that displays the text on the monitor while it reads it out loud for the student. It allows markup like highlighting and post-it type notes for annotation. It has a built in dictionary/thesaurus as well as a pronunciation guide. It provides a variety of voices.

Textbooks can also be scanned into pdf files which students can use with Adobe Reader so the student can listen to it on their own computers.

Dragon Naturally Speaking – You speak into the microphone and it converts your words into written format. The program needs an individual to do the training so it adjusts to voice style/pronunciation. It interfaces with a number of other software programs.

FM systems – Technology for use in lectures for students with hearing impairments. Sometimes individual hearing aids don’t pick up well enough or includes too many distracting background noises. The instructor wears the microphone/transmitter and the student wears the receiver with hearing buds.

An assortment of special filters are kept on hand for students with Scotopic Sensitivity .

In cooperation with the Department for the Blind, we have ZoomText and a machine that magnifies an image and displays it with white text on a black background. It is on loan until December 2012.