Adaptive Technology for Students With Learning Disabilities

Site Licenses Available:
If a computer in a departmental lab is not accessible for a student that needs to use it, contact Disability Resource Center at 569-3143 to determine if the license is available and system is compatible. More specific location information is provided at the bottom of this page.

Screen reader with study aids

Description: Text-to-speech software that uses synthesized speech to read text, menus, buttons, dialogue boxes, etc.; study aids include adding own notes to scanned text, highlighting, adding graphics and color coding; Library Lab Kurzweil 3000 also has a scanner to digitize printed information and save it into Kurzweil software
Brand Name: Kurzweil 3000
Location on Campus: Library Lab

Document reader and screen magnification

Description: Text-to-speech software that uses synthesized speech to read what is on the screen or on the clipboard (it is not as powerful as a screen reader)
Brand Name: MAGic
Location on Campus: A site license is available and may be installed to any machine on campus.

Screen magnification

Description: Software that allows for enlargement on the screen
Brand Name: OS Accessibility Menus; MAGic *
Location on Campus: A site license is available and may be installed to any machine on campus.

Optical character recognition (OCR) software (used with a scanner)

Description: Software that converts a printed page that has been scanned into electronic format (text file) for speech output or storage
Brand Name: Open Book; Kurzweil 3000
Location on Campus: Library Lab (Kurzweil); Open Book (DRC)

Voice recognition

Description: Software that allows one to dictate to the computer which recognizes and digitizes one’s voice
Brand Name: Dragon Naturally Speaking; MacSpeech Dictate
Location on Campus: Library Lab; DRC laptop

Dictionary, thesaurus and calculators

Description: Small portable devices that have synthesized speech output
Brand Name: Franklin Dictionary and Thesaurus
Location on Campus: DRC (available to check out)

Spellers

Description: Electronic speller that provides words and definitions; spelling dictionary also available which is an alphabetical list of words
Brand Name: Franklin Dictionary
Location on Campus: DRC (available to check out)

Location and contact information

DRC – Disability Resource Center, 103 Donaghey Student Center, 569-3143
Library Lab – 104 Ottenheimer Library, 569-8727
Writing Center – 116 Student Union B, 569-8343

Links to other Adaptive Technology pages

Introduction to Adaptive Technology
Adaptive Technology for Students Who are Blind or have Low Vision
Adaptive Technologies for Students Who are Deaf or Hard of Hearing
Adaptive Technology for Students Who have Mobility Disabilities

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