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In order to receive accommodations for classroom use, students must be documented with a disability through the Academic Resource Center. However, documentation is not required if a student, staff member, or faculty member wishes just to learn about or use certain technologies outside of the classroom. The ARC provides information and training on several additional programs.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking is a Windows-based, voice-recognition software program from Nuance that allows users to speak their content and commands. Dragon “learns” the user’s voice, accent, vocabulary, and other speech patterns. The more a student uses the software, the more Dragon correctly identifies that user’s words. Users can compose and format papers, search the Internet, and control many Windows-based applications all through Dragon.

In addition, users may download the free Dragon Recorder application for use on mobile devices. The app allows the user to dictate content into a file that can be uploaded to Dragon Naturally Speaking.

  • Who Might Benefit: Students with limited use of hands or those with language-based learning challenges
  • Location: The Academic Resource Center and the Emerson Library
  • Training: It takes about an hour to learn to use the program. Because the program learns a user’s voice over time, however, it may take between 10-12 hours of use to train the software to accurately recognize the speaker’s words.

Click here to link to the Nuance YouTube channel to watch videos on how to use Dragon.


JAWS

JAWS (Job Access with Success) is a screen reader from Freedom Scientific. JAWS is compatible with PC-based applications including the Microsoft Office Suite, Corel Word Perfect, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Firefox, and Internet Explorer.

  • Who Might Benefit: Students with visual impairments or certain learning differences
  • Location: The Academic Resource Center and the Emerson Library
  • Training: 15-30 minutes

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OpenBook

OpenBook is a program from Freedom Scientific that allows the user to scan printed pages into the software to be read aloud. The software can recognize both straight text and graphics-based text. The text can be customized by font, size, color, and contrast. Users can also highlight;

  • Who Might Benefit: Students with certain visual impairments or learning differences
  • Location: The Emerson Library
  • Training: About 30 minutes

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Closed Captioned Television (CCTV)

Closed Captioned Television (CCTV) allows students to enlarge and project printed materials onto a television screen.

  • Who Might Benefit: Students with certain visual impairments.
  • Location: The Emerson Library
  • Training: About 30 minutes

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ZoomText

ZoomText is a software program from Ai Squared that enlarges text on the screen by up to 16 times. It is useful for students writing papers or reading online articles. It also has limited text-to-speech capabilities.

  • Who Might Benefit: Students with certain visual impairments
  • Location: The Academic Resource Center and the Emerson Library
  • Training: About 30 minutes

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