Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

Note-Taking Assistance

Livescribe Smartpens
 (OAS equipment loan)
Record everything you write, hear or say. Replay your meetings or lectures simply by tapping on your notes. Transfer your notes and audio to your computer via USB cable and Livescribe Desktop will save everything for fast, easy access to what’s important. Easily share your notes and audio recordings as a Pencast PDF or audio file.

Forte Word Processor (OAS equipment loan)
The Forte Word Processor is a portable word processor featuring a text screen and keyboard. It runs on a rechargeable battery which can be plugged into any outlet to charge. Documents can be transferred by use of a USB flash drive or transfer directly to a computer through a provided USB cord. Programs: Text to Speech, Word Prediction, Calendar, Keyboard Instruction, Math Assistance

Text to Speech

Kurzweil 3000

Access text anywhere, anytime with a cloud-based library. Human-quality text-to-speech & reference tools enable students to read at, or above, their proficiency level, which is essential for English Language Learners, Veterans, students with dyslexia or dysgraphia, and students who are blind or visually impaired.

Victor Readers (OAS equipment loan)
The Victor Reader Stratus continues the legacy of HumanWare’s 13-year history of developing simple, easy-to-use audio book players. All Victor Reader Stratus models feature large, tactile, high-contrast keys, a built-in speaker and headphone jack, and self-voicing controls, making it simply the friendliest audio book player around.

Humanware Classmate Reader  (OAS equipment loan)
The Humanware Classmate Reader is a portable digital audio book player that helps students increase their reading speed, comprehension, and vocabulary. It reads aloud and simultaneously displays and highlights text on its full color screen. The ClassMate can be set to match the user’s pace preferences. Its full-color screen can be configured to change font type, text size, color, line spacing, etc. The user can adjust text scrolling speed and move text to view above or below the passage read. Using your fingertip or the stylus, you can interact with the text on the touch screen and its simple, user-friendly interface. Simply touch the screen to underline a text passage, insert a bookmark or a note in the text or even consult the integrated dictionary. Students can download and store their curriculum directly on an SD card for easy access anytime, anywhere.

Speech to Text

Dragon NaturallySpeaking
 (In-house use, also available at the Library)

Dragon is the world’s best-selling speech recognition software. It turns your talk into text and can make virtually any computer task easier and faster. From capturing ideas and creating documents, to email and searching the web, to using simple voice commands to control many of the popular programs you use every day at home, work – and beyond.

Windows Speech to Text Program
Text-to-Speech (TTS) capabilities for a computer refers to the ability to play back text in a spoken voice. TTS is standard on computers using Windows 7.


Zoomtext Magnifier/Reader
(In-house use)
Zoomtext Magnifier/Reader is a magnification and reading program tailored for low-vision users. Magnifier/Reader enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, echoes your typing and essential program activity, and automatically reads documents, web pages, email.

Optelec Magnifier (In-house use)
Desktop magnifier with large screen (see photo).

Apple Products

iPad Minis
 (In-house use)