Assistive Technology at Services for Students with Disabilities
SSD provides students with access to Assistive Technology that can help them learn material, complete assignments and study more effectively. As an office, we have equipment to create e-books in PDF and Microsoft word format for students who have been approved to receive “books in alternate format” as an accommodation. Below, you will find a list of some of the Assistive Technology products that our office has available for SSD registered students that are eligible to receive AT products as per appropriate disability documentation. All Mac users should have Microsoft Word on their computers if they will be requesting alternate format books from SSD.
Dragon Dictate Software: Also known as “speech to text software”, dictation software that allows students with mobility impairments and/or learning disabilities to dictate information into a headset microphone and have the words they say come up onto the computer screen. This requires training for the student and it is recommended that the student be patient throughout the training process.
Kurzweil 3000 & 1000: Screen reading software provided for students with disabilities related to reading and processing. Electronic versions of academic books can be read to these students using this software. Kurzweil 3000 also has “Read the Web” options and allows students to organize reading materials in ways that help them study more effectively. Kurzweil 1000 is specifically designed for students who are blind. We have versions of Kurzweil 3000 for both PC and Macintosh computers.
Livescribe Pulse Smartpen: It is a pen that comes with specialized notebooks and records everything that you hear and write. It also has a USB connector that allows you to view an electronic copy of your notes on your computer. You can also download the specialized paper and make your own note-book by following the manufacturer’s instructions.
Zoomtext: Screen and/or electronic file magnification software that allows students with low vision to access materials on a computer screen. It also has a read to option and allows students to adjust screen backgrounds to adjust brightness etc.
JAWS: Screen reading software for students who are blind. This software can read anything on a computer screen as long as there are no images or symbols like as in a PDF. A student would learn the keystroke commands on either a laptop or desktop in order to master use of this amazing technology. For exams, all documents should be given to SSD in Microsoft word format.
Perkins Brailler: This is essentially a Braille typewriter. The Braille is embossed onto Braille paper.
Omnipage: Software that converts PDF files into Word documents using appropriate OCR processing tools.
Adobe Acrobat Professional: Works with our high speed scanner to create PDF files from scanned pages of books, files, etc