Assistive Technology Lab
If you need assistive software to complete your assignments, the AT Lab might be the place for you. If you are a student registered with the ODS, you may be eligible to check out a digital recorder, or a Livescribe Smartpen. The computers in the AT Lab have Dragon Naturally Speaking, Kurzweil 3000, Read: Outloud, and ZoomText. Students registered with the ODS can use the Assistive Technology Lab to complete homework assignments, utilizing the above mentioned programs.
Training for any of the Assistive Technology Programs is available to students, staff, and instructors and is provided by the Assistive Technology Specialist. For more information, or to schedule an appointment, please contact Enrique Castro.
Livescribe Smartpens are a great note-taking tool that combines written notes and recorded audio. The Smartpen allows you to listen to recorded class lectures by simply tapping the tip of the Smartpen on your written notes.
Read: Outloud is a Text-to-Speech program that converts most popular document formats into speech. The program has a built in web browser that allows you to conduct research online without having to switch back and forth between Read: Outloud and your internet browser. Documents, books in alternate format, and online content can be read aloud to you, and you can highlight and create note outlines of your documents or online research.
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Dragon is a powerful Speech-to-Text program that allows you to talk into a microphone and the words you speak appear in your document. Advanced Dragon users are also able to control most functions of the computer by voice.
Kurzweil is a Text-to-Speech program that allows students to scan pages onto the program, open documents saved on a flashdrive, open books in alternate format, and have the program read it aloud, and enlarge the font, making it easier for students who are visually impaired to see whats on the screen. Kurzweil also includes writing tools to help with brainstorming, creating "thought bubbles," and creating outlines used for writing reports and essays.
ZoomText + Screen Reader
ZoomText is a program designed for visually impaired individuals. This program allows students to modify the display's color schemes, contrast, pointer and curser size and colors, and zoom/magnification levels of the content being displayed on the screen.
Digital recorders are available to check out to students registered and approved with the ODS for recording classroom lectures and later replaying them.