Adaptive Technology (AT) is equipment and software that assists students with reading, writing, and listening. Each of the ARC's three work stations has a computer, a scanner, and adaptive technology software. If you are interested in gaining access to any of these resources, please contact the ARC. We would be happy to introduce you to the programs and help you learn to use them.
WYNN Wizard & WYNN Reader
WYNN allows you to scan printed pages and convert them into electronic text using Optical Character Recognition (OCR) technology. (Our two flat bed scanners are black and white and our color scanner has both flat bed and automatic document feeder capabilities.) WYNN can read aloud scanned text, Microsoft Word documents, PDFs, and Web pages. This program is ideal if you want to access your assigned reading in an alternative format and/or write, edit, and proofread papers.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a speech recognition program. After taking approximately ten minutes to create a voice profile, you can begin to dictate notes, papers, outlines, and e-mails directly into the computer. This program is ideal if you articulate their ideas better by talking than by typing.
Inspiration is a diagramming and outlining program that assists students who are visual thinkers and learners. Inspiration allows you to arrange your brainstorms into a mind map and then rearrange them. At the click of a button, your "brainstorm" turns into an outline for your paper. This program is ideal for visual and kinesthetic learners who are preparing for a test, organizing a paper, or taking notes from a text book.
ReadPlease is software that reads computer text aloud. It is free to download and easy to use. Simply copy and paste any text that you want read aloud into the ReadPlease window and press "play." Download ReadPlease.
JAWS is a screen-reading software program that reads anything on the computer screen (menus, buttons, documents, webpages, etc.) It works well for people with print-access disabilities.
Zoom Text is a screen-magnification program that enlarges everything on the computer screen for people. This program works well for students with low-vision.
MathType is a powerful interactive tool for Windows that lets you create mathematical notation for word processing, web pages, desktop publishing and presentations. It was recently used by a student in Calc III who had trouble writing the formulas quickly enough.
The Academic Resource Center loans variable-speed tape and CD players to students for up to a semester. These audio players are compatible with the tapes and CDs produced by RFB&D.
Digital recorders can be checked out at the ARC. These small recorders can be carried in a pocket and they plug directly into a USB port.
Laptop Computers (with AT)
Our laptop computers with Adaptive Technology are available for students to check out for test-taking with proper authorization from a professor and Clare Carson.
For students who qualify with a disability, the ARC offers audio books and scanned textbooks. Contact the ARC a month prior to the start of a semester to arrange this.