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Assistive Technology

The Access & Disability Resource Center is committed to providing support to students with the help of assistive technology. Assistive technology is any product, device or equipment, whether acquired commercially, modified or customized, that is used to maintain, increase, or improve the functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. The Center has several computers with a variety of specialized software and hardware. Some assistive technology products can also be loaned out. Students can make arrangements for assistive technology to be available in areas where students are working. For more information, contact Laura Pristera, Assistive Technology Specialist at 847.635.2656.

Some examples of the assistive technology available to students include:  

Hardware - CCTV (Closed-Circuit Television): Projects a magnified image onto a video monitor or a television (TV) screen

  • SmartView 360 – provides a camera to see across a room, enlarge any text/magnifying through a monitor or a television (TV) screen
  • SmartView Synergy SI Magnifier  - offers a wider field of vision to easily display a document’s full width
  • SmartView Graduate – provides a portable camera that is transcribed into a laptop
  • Topolino - provides a portable camera that is transcribed into a laptop
  • ABISee - provides a portable camera that is transcribed into a laptop
  • MagniSight Explorer – provides a custom focus application

Hardware (Scanner/Reader):

  • WYNN – reads scanned text and documents on the computer
  • WinZoom USB – similar to WYNN and is easily accessed and carried through a portable USB
  • Intel Reader  - reads scanned materials that are saved on the computer
  • Plustek Bookreader – integrates high-speed scanning and accurate text-to-speech capabilities

Hardware (Braille Embosser/Duxbury/Juliet):

  • Enables blind and visually impaired to read and write. Creates Braille from virtually any word processor

Hardware (Motiva Personal FM Systems):

  • Amplification system used in classes by students who are hard of hearing in order to hear lecture and discussion

Software (Speech to Text Writer):

  • Dragon-Naturally Speaking – creates documents, emails, fills out forms – all by speaking

Softwares (Screen Readers):

  • ZoomText – magnifies/enlarges the screen to provide a better view for reading and provides a Text Reader application
  • iZoom – similar to ZoomText and is easily accessed and carried through a portable USB
  • Natural Readers – converts any text into spoken word and can be downloaded into Mp3’s and iPods
  • JAWS (Job Access with Speech) Screenreader – allows students who are blind or have low vision gain access to information such as the Internet by spoken words
  • Kurzweil 3000 – reads text aloud to students from digital and print formats. Scans documents in color and black/white
  • Read & Write 9 GOLD – literacy software solution that allows students to complete reading, writing, and research assignments as well as take notes

Service - CART (Communication Access Real-time Translation):

  • Provides students who are deaf or hard of hearing instant translation of what is being said into visual display so that it can be read.