Assistive/Adaptive Technology

Adaptive or assistive hardware and software can facilitate computer access for people with disabilities and/or learning challenges.

The following adaptive technology equipment is available through the Technology and Media Services Desk:

  • PC workstations with voice recognition and output, screen magnification, specialized software providing writing and spelling assistance tools, scanning, and printing.
  • Closed Circuit Television (CCTV) magnification system.
  • Magnifier lamp on a moveable stand.
  • Closed captioning decoder.
  • FM hearing assistance systems.
  • Digital voice recorders.

The Adaptive Technology PC Workstation is located in the Rochester Gas and Electric Assistive Technology Suite (A13) in the lower level of the Library. This equipment addresses a variety of disabilities including physical impairments, carpal tunnel syndrome, learning disabilities, mobility impairments, and visual or hearing impairments.

The following list briefly describes the hardware and software available and the solutions it offers:

  • Adaptive Technology Workstation Hardware. The computer is a Dell Core i5 processor, 19" monitor, Canon Lide 220 scanner, HP LaserJet 2100 printer and Juliet Pro Braille embosser.
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice recognition application. This system is used for word processing and other types of computer applications to provide access for those unable to navigate a computer keyboard efficiently, such as those who have vision impairments, carpal tunnel syndrome, or learning disabilities.
  • JAWS is a computer screen-reader application designed for people with visual disabilities. JAWS reads back text from the computer screen at a comfortable rate making it easier for individuals to navigate the computer.
  • Duxbury 10 braille translation software.
  • ZoomText is magnification software for individuals with low vision. It allows color contrasting, mouse enlargement, and split-screen functionality.
  • Kurzweil 3000 is a reading, writing, study skill tool to help people with disabilities. It is particularly helpful to those with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and/or English language learners.
  • Kurzweil 1000 is the same program as Kurzweil 3000 but is specifically for individuals with visual disabilities. It allows access to web-based and scanned materials through OCR text-to-speech features.
  • ReadWrite is another reading, writing, study skill tool offering similar features as Kurzweil 3000.
  • DaVinci Pro is a stand-alone device that allows for instant print magnification, color contrasting, and text-to-speech OCR reading.

Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use a digital recorder if they would like to record sessions heard by the computer's voice output system. Digital recorders are available to rent at the media desk.

To access this technology, please contact the Technology and Media Services Desk at 585-389-2111 or visit the desk on the lower level of the library.

Our assistive technology software is constantly being updated. For further information and training on the Adaptive Technology Workstation, please contact Student Accessibility Services.