We offer a range of assistive computer and other technologies to help students get the most out of their education. This is a non-exhaustive list of some of the common ones utilized at the Office of Academic Success. Please read the Additional Information/Stipulations at the bottom.
Braille Printer (Romeo Pro-50)
Printer designed for those with visual impairments. It is a portable single-sided Braille embosser that produces 50 characters per second for a 40 character Braille line. Also uses speech feedback along with the capabilities of producing Braille on cut sheets of paper, as well as continuous form-tractor feed paper.
Dragon Naturally Speaking 11.0
Voice control, use, and “type” hands free with programs like Word, Word Perfect, Excel, Outlook, Facebook, Google Search, your own e-mail and more with up to 99-percent voice recognition accuracy.
You can also personalize with custom word lists and voice commands that reflect the kind of work you do including setting formatting preferences.
E-book/Audio Book Access
>Audio books can be requested through the offices in supplement to texts. Online books with supplemental audio (via publisher/natural reader/Kurzweil) can be requested as well. Acquiring audio books and E-books from the publisher or otherwise sometimes requires time, so accommodations for such should be made as well in advance as possible.
Students can have notes scanned in and converted to audio format then listen to or read them in up to 7 different languages. Notes can be scanned in and accessed from students, to students. Program most often used with student note-takers.
LiveScribe Echo Smartpen
Livescribe Echo Smartpens combine “scanned” note-taking and voice recording services into a small, convenient, and easily shared device. Works similar to Kurzweil, with the options to upload all data and share online. It's a note-taker without the person, scanning, or waiting!
NaturalReader is a Microsoft based text to speech application designed to help any by being able to read any text selected on the screen.Includes ability to read aloud PDF*rsquols, Word documents, Excel documents, E-mails, Research papers and any text that you can highlight on screen. Uses mostly similar functions to that of Kurzweil, but you do not need to scan in any documents in order to read them. Cost is FREE* and available to download on any Mac or PC.
*Paid version also available for more options - including turning documents into MP3 files and transferring to MP3 player.
Voice Recorded Lectures
Voice recorders and microphones are available to record lectures to make reviewing class notes/dictations easier.
Special approval by professors may be required to use technologies within the classroom. To protect other students rights within the classroom, any recording equipment is subject to professor and OAS approval. Some equipment is limited so equipment will be given based on recommendations from OAS Coordinator and availability. Holds may be placed on student accounts for equipment not returned at the end of the semester. If you have any questions about the assistive technologies offered please call the Office of Academic Success for more information at 320-589-6178.