Low Vision Programs

Dragon Naturally Speaking version 11 is installed on the computers in the three study rooms for privacy. Dragon Naturally Speaking allows students to talk to the computer instead of typing. The words are transcribed onto the screen. It allows the student to create documents faster and more accurately with hands free communication.

JAWS (Job Access with Speech) is installed on some computers in the Learning Resource Center for the convenience of students who are visually impaired. JAWS provides access in two different ways: speech and Braille. JAWS uses an internal speech software program called Eloquence, along with the computer's sound card.

Kurzweil 1000 is installed on one computer in the Learning Resource Center. This software speaks text aloud in a variety of natural-sounding voices that can be modified to suit individual preferences. It provides the user with document creation, editing, summarizing, and outlining text. Kurzweil 1000 incorporates scanning optimization that enhances brightness, resolution and speckle removal.

SmartNav is installed on the computer in the conference room. It reads a reflective dot, placed on the headset. SmartNav is placed on top of the monitor for easy access, but it can be placed anywhere it can read the reflective dot.

Tieman Optelec Clearview 500 AF Enlarger is designed to enlarge printed material for people who low vision. Print from various sources can be enlarged and displayed on a monitor.

Zoom Text allows the student to see and hear everything on the computer screen. It assists individuals with vision impairments and computer vision syndrome. Zoom Text is capable of magnifying the screen up to 36 times. Zoom Text is installed on nine computers in the Learning Resource Center.