Adaptive Technology Available
DSPS has adaptive technology available to help students overcome their disabilities and succeed in their college goals.
For the Blind & Visually Impaired -
- JAWS (Job Access With Speech)- Screen reading program. Reads everything
on the screen and gives blind users total access to a computer.
- ZoomText - Screen magnification program with some speech
output of key screen items.
- CCTV (Closed Circuit TV): Blows
up printed material and displays it on a monitor sitting above it. It can blow
material up several times it’s normal size.
- Adapted Keyboards -
- Large Print Keyboards- Has very large print on the keyboard for students with vision impairments that do not touch type.
- Alternate Media Formats -
- Electronic text
- Large Print
For Mobility Impairments -
- Dragon Naturally Speaking - This is a speech
recognition program that will allow students to dictate text to the computer.
For those LD students who have a very hard time getting their thoughts out in
writing, but who can verbalize well this program can be very useful.
- Adapted Keyboards -
- Large Print Keyboards- Has
very large print on the keyboard for students with vision impairments that do
not touch type.
For Learning Disabilities & Cognitive Processing Deficits -
- Kurzweil 3000 - Scan & Read program. Allows the student to
scan text and have it read out loud, then save it to a word processor and edit
it if needed.
- Alternate Media
- Hardware -
- Talking Calculator: A full
function calculator that speaks all keystrokes and output.
- Franklin Spelling Ace: Electronic
pocket dictionary that will help with spelling or defining words.
- Head phones: For a
distraction free environment during testing.
Free Adaptive Software
- Balabolka - Text to Speech software. An alternative to Kurzweil that lacks zone editing, note taking and highlighting features.
- Natural Reader - text to Speech software. An alternative to Kurzweil that lacks zone editing, note taking and highlighting features.
- Non Visual Desktop Reader (NVDA) - NVDA stands for Non-Visual Desktop Access. NVDA is a screen reader that provides access to most Windows functionality through synthesized speech. Navigation is accomplished using only the computer keyboard. It is comparable to commercial products, such as JAWS and Window-Eyes.
- This link is to a list of 10 free screen reading programs.