In addition to our other services offered, the Office of Library Services for Persons with Disabilities also provides a large number or assistive technology devices for use by our patrons. We also provide training and support during office hours, M-F 8:00-4:30.
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Software program that uses voice recognition technologies allowing users with visual impairments and mobility to control a computer and enter data without touching the keyboard or the mouse
Typing is the main function, but the user can also perform some formatting and control certain aspects of the computer
Windows application used for creating, editing and producing Braille documents
Text can be imported and converted to Braille from a variety of standard file types (e.g., .TXT, .WRI and .DOC)
Software program acting as a visual learning tool that assists individuals with learning disabilities
Helps to develop ideas and organize the thought process
Software program that uses synthesized speech technology to speak the information being displayed on a computer monitor for individuals with visual, learning, and other impairments
Allows a visually impaired user to navigate a graphical interface using voice output and sound cues
Can understand HTML tags and read the information correctly
Combines Web reading and browsing.
Aids individuals with visual, learning, reading disabilities by reading scanned or electronic text aloud using human sounding synthetic speech
Users see the printed material on the screen and hear the text.
Scanning application used to acquire and process digital images of print materials
Uses Optical Character Recognition (OCR) processing to convert graphical characters into text
The text may then be read using synthesized speech technology
Read and Write
Screen reader application that helps people with disabilities such as dyslexia
Integrates with almost all windows applications
Screen magnification application for use on Windows based computers
Can also read text aloud with integration of other products
In an effort to provide equitable access to online resources and uphold the mission statement of the Libraries' Adaptive Technology and Services department, user guides have been created to assist all library users.
It is recommended that the user guides are utilized prior to using the databases. These guides will provide you with basic how-to information, tips and tricks and time saving search methods.
Allow for wheelchair access and accommodation of people with back problems by using electrically adjustable height work surfaces
Workstations are usually oversized for easier access
Allow for the taping of lectures and also materials be read out loud
A typewriter with Braille keys
Close-circuit monitor and camera system provides access to print and other materials by increasing their size, contrast (viewing dark type on a light background or light type on a dark background), brightness, and focus
Built-in controls are available for image size, focus and a variety of both black/white and color video modes
Helpful for people with visual impairments
Users can change print contrast
A talking calculator for individuals who are blind or have visual impairments
Tactile Image Enhancer
Takes a hand-drawn or printed picture from a computer and raises the lines to create a tactile image
Benefits people who are blind or have other visual impairments
For use by individuals who have a hard time moving through the library
Are there are any other assistive technology devices that you are interested in? Or do you have any questions? If so, please contact our department.