Student Life

Assistive Technology

Kurzweil 3000

The Kurzweil 3000 scan and read system is a revolutionary piece of technology available for student use through the office of the Learning Center. Approved students may use the Kurzweil to scan academic text documents or textbooks, and have them read out loud. Students can select a variety of options including print size, reading rate, color for highlighter, and male or female voice. Prior to independent use, students must complete a 30 minute training session. Once trained, students can access this equipment from several computer labs on campus.

Among its features is the ability to:

  • improve comprehension rate and reading rate
  • improve attention and focus
  • significantly magnify text size and clarity
  • enhance word usage through its dictionary, thesaurus, pronunciation, and syllabication guide
     

Dragon Naturally Speaking 10

Dragon Naturally Speaking 10 allows the approved user to create documents, reports, emails, and search the web, just by speaking. It is up to 3 times faster than typing and 99% accurate. Dragon is microsoft compatible and is available in the Learning Center.

 

Ginger Software

Ginger is a computer program that corrects written work.  It is used for students with Learning Disabilities, dyslexia and for ESL students who are learning the English language.  Ginger is both a compensatory tool and a learning platform.  It corrects errors in sentences by suggesting alternate words or phrases.  It provides visual and auditory feedback, so the writer can learn correct spelling and word usage. 

 

JAWS

JAWS is screen reading software for students with low vision or students who are blind.  JAWS reads everything on the computer screen. JAWS has a refreshable Braille display and provides Braille output in addition to, or instead of, speech.