Visual Impairment

JAWS

The most popular screen reader worldwide, JAWS® for Windows® works with your PC to provide access to today’s software applications and the Internet. With its internal software speech synthesizer and the computer’s sound card, information from the screen is read aloud, providing technology to access a wide variety of information, education and job related applications. JAWS also outputs to refreshable braille displays, providing unmatched braille support of any screen reader on the market. Get started with training in DAISY format and a trial version of Freedom Scientific’s FSReader DAISY player software.

Information source: freedomscientific.com


KURZWEIL 1000

Kurzweil 1000TM is award-winning software that makes printed or electronic text readily available to people who are blind or visually impaired. It combines accessibility, communication and productivity tools to ease and enhance their reading, writing and learning experience.
The software speaks text aloud in a variety of natural-sounding voices that can be modified to suit individual preferences. In addition, it provides users with document creation and editing as well as study skills capabilities for note taking, summarizing and outlining text.
Kurzweil 1000 delivers quick access to a wealth of information including online books, magazines and encyclopedias so users can pursue any reading interests. They can also take their reading wherever they go by sending files to Braille note takers and embossers as well as portable devices such as DAISY and MP3 audio players.
Information source: kurzweiledu.com


ZOOMTEXT

Designed for those with visual impairments like macular degeneration and glaucoma, Zoomtext is a powerful screen magnifier and screen reader that makes your computer easier to see, hear, and use.

Manufacturer ai squared offers two different versions of the Zoomtext software. The first is the Zoomtext Magnifier which enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, making all of your applications easy to see and use. With its revolutionary new ‘xFont’ technology it displays crystal clear text at all magnification levels. Once you’ve seen it, no other screen magnifier will do.

The other version of Zoomtext is the Zoomtext Magnifier/Reader which combines the revolutionary new features of Zoomtext Magnifier with a powerful set of reading tools to give you the total computer access solution. This software allows you to see and hear what you’re doing in all of your applications, and give your eyes a rest while it reads your documents, web pages and email – right through your computer’s speakers. With Zoomtext Magnifier/Reader, your computer is easier to see, hear, and use.

Information source: aisquared.com


CCTV

This piece of equipment allows individuals with visual impairment(s) to view things in a larger size. It includes a camera unit and a monitor unit.  Printed or other materials are placed beneath the camera unit and the image is projected onto the monitor, where it can be adjusted for size, contrast, clarity, color, etc.


Learning Disabilities

KURZWEIL 3000

Kurzweil 3000TM is the comprehensive reading, writing and learning software solution for any struggling reader, including individuals with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder or those who are English Language Learners.
With Kurzweil 3000, Kurzweil Educational Systems, Inc. is committed to helping schools meet the requirements of the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) and demonstrate success in the classroom for all students.
Kurzweil 3000 – Reading, Writing and Learning Software for Struggling Students – offers  Access to Any Curriculum,  Increased Reading Fluency, Study Skills, Decoding Support, Writing and Self-Editing Tools, and Independent Test Taking.

Information source: kurzweiledu.com


RECORDINGS FOR THE BLIND AND DYSLEXIC

Books on CD are available at no charge once you become a member, which is free for one year.

For 60 years, Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (RFB&D), a national nonprofit, volunteer organization, has been the leading producer of accessible educational materials for students with disabilities such as visual impairment or dyslexia that make reading standard print difficult or impossible. With titles available in every subject area and grade level from kindergarten through graduate studies, RFB&D’s digitally recorded textbooks are effective learning tools for students challenged by the printed page.

Information source: rfbd.org


BOOKSHARE

Books on CD available to members who join. The cost of membership not covered by SSD services.

Bookshare believes that people with print disabilities should have the same ease of access to books and periodicals that people without disabilities enjoy. The Bookshare.org library provides print disabled people in the United States with legal access to over 37,100 books and 150 periodicals that are converted to Braille, large print or digital formats for text to speech audio.

Information source: bookshare.org


DIGITAL VOICE RECORDERS

Hand held recording devices available via SSD for use when recording lectures*
*must be part of academic accommodation with permission from professor.


LIVESCRIBE PULSE SMARTPEN

Livescribe’s Pulse™ smartpen revolutionizes the simple act of writing. Pulse gives consumers all the portability, flexibility and ease-of-use of a pen with the functionality and power of a computer.
Pulse records and syncs audio with whatever you write, so you never miss a word. Users can tap directly on their notes to replay recorded audio from the time they were writing. Pulse connects to your computer so users can transfer, search and share their notes online with friends or colleagues.

Information source: http://www.livescribe.com/