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Adaptive Technology

Adaptive Technology is hardware or software designed to provide improved computer access for individuals with disabilities. 

 

Software/Hardware

How It Works

Who It Benefits

Locations

Alphasmart 3000

Portable keyboard for note taking and drafting. Files can then be downloaded to Word for revision and storage.

Students with learning disabilities, medical or mobility issues.

Check out keyboard from Instructional Services.

Dragon Systems Naturally Speaking

Voice recognition software that allows the user to bypass the keyboard/mouse and speak text and commands into the computer.

Students with mobility issues and learning disabilities.

RC 109E & RC 109F
(Students needing adaptive technology have priority use of this computer; however, students can reserve the room in advance by contacting Colleen Barnett at 382-6026.) Request Via Voice head set/microphone at Computer Center Desk.

Franklin Speaking Merriam-Webster Collegiate Dictionary

Electronic dictionary that provides correct spelling, definitions, synonyms, etc. and speaks words out loud.

Students with learning disabilities or English as a second language issues.

Check out from Instructional Services.

Inspiration

Inspiration is a visual mapping program that allows users to generate, organize and link ideas quickly.

All students with the exception of students with significant vision loss (though Inspiration now has a screen reading feature).

All Computer Center PC and Macintosh computers.

Kensington Orbit Optical Trackball Device

Operates like a mouse but requires less finger and hand manipulation

Students with mobility or pain issues

RC 109E and RC 109F

Kurzweil 3000

Optical character recognition software that allows user to scan print materials (books, articles, handouts), enlarge and read into a computer. The text can then be enlarged and read aloud. K 3000 will also read web pages.

Students who have difficulty accessing materials in print format: students with learning disabilities, low vision or English as a second language issues.

Reference Room in the Alverno Library.
Four networked read-only stations available at any given time in addition to the scan and read station.
Training Required. Contact Colleen Barnett at 382-6026.

Laptop Computer

Available for students who need a computer to take notes in class or have limited access to the Computer Center.

Students with learning disabilities, medical or mobility issues.

Check out from Instructional Services.

Microsoft Natural Keyboard

Split keyboard that provides more natural wrist alignment.

Students who many have pain associated with repetitive stress injuries.

Check out from the Computer Center desk. Once plugged in, the computer will need to be restarted.

Texthelp Read &
Write 6

Read & Write 6 is word processing software that reads text aloud, provides word prediction and other features useful for written composition. The read aloud feature can also be used with other applications such as the Internet.

Students with learning disabilities and English as second language issues.

RC 109D-11 & RC 109D-12.

Tape Recorders

Both two and four-track tape recorders are available for taking class notes and reading books on tape.

Students with learning disabilities, vision impairments and mobility problems.

Check out from Instructional Services.

Via Voice

Another voice recognition software that allows the user to bypass the keyboard/mouse and speak text and commands into the computer.

Students with mobility issues and learning disabilities.

RC 109C-11
(Students needing adaptive technology have priority use of this computer; however, students can reserve the room in advance by contacting Colleen Barnett at 382-6026. Request Via Voice head set/microphone at Computer Center Desk.

Write Out Loud

A simple word processing program with speech output
-- a paper can be read to the user.

Students with learning disabilities, English as second language issues and others who struggle with proofreading their own written work.

RC 109B-36
RC 109D-11 & 21
RC 109F-11
RC 110-11

Zoom Text

Screen magnification software that enlarges the computer screen.

Students with vision issues.

RC 109C-11

Windows XP Accessibility Features

Offers some magnification and text-to-speech capability, as well as alternatives to mouse or keyboard functions.

Most users with visual, hearing or physical issues will need programs with higher functionality for daily use than is offered by these features.

Students with vision, hearing and mobility issues

To access, go to Start/All Programs/Accessories/ Accessibility/