Adaptive or assistive hardware and software can facilitate computer access for people with disabilities.
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.
- Variable-speed and four-track cassette players.
- Magnifier lamp on a moveable stand.
- Closed captioning decoder.
- FM hearing assistance system.
The Adaptive Technology PC Workstation is located in the Rochester Gas and Electric Assistive Technology Suite 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 Pentium 4 1.7 GHz with 384mb RAM, CD ROM, 17" monitor, HP Scanjet 5550C scanner, HP LaserJet 2100 printer and Braille Blazer Braille printer. There is also a cassette recorder in the Suite.
- 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 impairments. 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.
Students, faculty and staff are encouraged to use a tape player if they would like to record sessions heard by the computer's voice output system.