Technology

JAWS is a screen reader software that enables the user to hear the text displayed on the screen. This software is utilized primarily for students who have visual impairments, but it may also be beneficial to students with reading disorders.

Victor Reader is a software program that allows students to play specially recorded audio files of available textbooks through the computer. Disability and Accommodation Services provides access to audio books available for students. A limited number of portable Victor Reader CD players are also available through Disability and Accommodation Services. At the conclusion of the semester the student will return the Victor Reader.

Once the student has purchased their textbooks they may request audio copies of the texts, through Disability and Accommodation Services in the Office of Student Affairs. All available texts will be ordered for the student’s use during the course of the semester. At the conclusion of the semester, the student will return the CDs and (if applicable) the Victor Reader.

Although not all texts are available through this service, a free copy will be procured for the student for each course text that is available.

Dragon Naturally Speaking is a speech recognition software package that allows the user to transfer spoken word to computer text. This may require the user to be placed in a more quiet environment in order to minimize distractions.

Zoom Text is an adaptive software program that works to provide magnification of on-screen type and visuals for those with visual difficulty. This software is available in the DBU computer lab.