Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology  enables students with disabilities to access computer programs, software, documents, and the World Wide Web.   Assistive Techology  resources are available to all DSS registered students.  Equipment/software is available in Torreyson Library room 222, or can be checked out from DSS each semester for educational use.

Equipment demonstrations/trainings are available by appointment.  Please contact Disability Support Services at: (501) 450-3613 for more information.

Software and Equipment

JAWS - a screen reader for persons with visual impairments or reading disabilities. Text and links on the computer’s screen are read aloud.

Zoomtext - a screen enlargement software program enlarges the entire computer screen by varying amounts and will also read the screen text aloud. Zoomtext Magic is useful for persons with visual impairments or reading disabilities.

Kurzweil 3000 - a computer screen reading system which converts text material displayed on the computer screen to voice output for persons with reading disabilities. Text can be displayed in various colors and words being read can be highlighted as they are read aloud. Kurzweil 3000 will also convert text files to audio files in WAV or MP3 formats.

TextHelp Read/Write - a software program with extensive dictionary, thesaurus and word prediction features designed to aid students with composing, spelling, writing and grammar problems. This program also reads the text on the computer screen and highlights each word as it is read.

Dragon Naturally Speaking Professional –  a voice recognition input system for persons with manual (hand/arm) impairments or written expression learning disabilities. Users enter text with punctuation into the computer by speaking rather than by keyboarding. Users can also control the computer’s operations with voice commands. This program requires a few hours of training, including building a personal voice profile, and practice, in order to become proficient with a good degree of accuracy. Students can train this software on their home computer, save their voice profile on a CD or flash drive, then load their voice profile onto another computer equipped with this software.

Scanners - two scanners with single sheet scanning capability are available for student use. Materials may be scanned to acquire images and text for use in reports or papers. The scanned material(s) can be saved in text or picture formats. The files can also be loaded into specialized software that can convert the text in the files into actual text documents for editing, copying, cutting, pasting and printing.

CCTV - closed circuit magnifier. CCTV’s are useful for persons with visual disabilities and for persons with learning disabilities.

Duxbury Braille Translator- converts print to Braille (and vice versa), and has word processing capabilities for working directly in Braille or print. Juliet Pro- embosser used to produce documents in Braille format.