We use a variety of assistive technologies to help our students study and learn more effectively.
Here’s a taste of what we offer:
Use this reading, writing, and learning software to augment your studies. If you like to listen to your assignments while reading them, whether they are Word documents or PDFs, Kurzweil could be a great option for you. To ease the writing process, Kuzweil also offers a number of helpful tools like an audible spell checker and customized word prediction.
Kurzweil is installed on many computers in Tutt Library (the CAT Lab and the garden level of the library) and on every PC in Barnes 203 and Palmer 2.
Read & Write Gold
Much like Kurzweil 3000, this program provides tools for reading, writing, and learning. Along with many other functions, it can read aloud your assignments, spell check papers phonetically, and convert text to MP3 files so you can listen to your reading at the Tiger Pit, on a bike ride, or even out on the trail.
Read & Write Gold is installed on many computers in Tutt Library (the CAT Lab and the library basement) and on every PC in Barnes 203 and Palmer 2.
Dragon Naturally Speaking
How would you like to train a computer to type for you? Dragon Naturally Speaking is voice recognition software that lets you interact with a Mac or PC just by talking. It learns your voice and then responds to your commands like “send email” or “search the internet.” With Dragon, you can also speak your thoughts and ideas as they occur to you and they’ll appear on the screen in programs like Word or Excel—three times faster than typing.
Dragon is installed on many computers in Tutt Library (the CAT Lab and the library basement) and on every PC in Barnes 203 and Palmer 2.
Think James Bond. This astonishing piece of technology looks like a pen, but does much more than write. Everything your professor or study partner says while you are taking notes gets recorded by the Smartpen. Anytime you need to review for a test or presentation, simply tap the pen on your notes and it will play the accompanying audio.
Students who are registered with Disability Services and have been approved for notetaking assistance can check out a pen from Disability Services as long as supplies last.
Please contact Disability Services if you would like to schedule a tutorial on any of the above technologies. We'd be happy to help!