Lab facilities

The following tools are available in our lab. You might want to spend a few minutes learning about them before coming in, but we’re more than happy to show you what we have and how it works.

Software

JAWS

JAWS is a screen-reader program, used primarily by people who are blind or have low-vision disabilities. It presents information as audible speech or on a refreshable Braille display.

Kurzweil 1000

Kurzweil 1000 is scanning and reading software that makes printed or electronic text accessible to people who are blind or have limited vision.

Kurzweil 3000

Kurzweil 3000 is used by those with learning disabilities or reading difficulties. It is also beneficial to students for whom English is a second language. Text is read aloud to the user and highlighted on the screen.

Inspiration

Inspiration is designed for brainstorming or mind-mapping. It uses a graphical interface to help users see relationships between ideas and organize thoughts in logical patterns.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking converts speech into text. It is often used by people with limited mobility and/or repetitive strain injuries.

Read and Write Gold

Read and Write Gold is a tool for increasing reading comprehension. It reads and highlights text, and also provides a toolbar that makes some of its features available in other programs, such as Word and Internet Explorer.

ZoomText

ZoomText is screen magnification software. It is most often used by students with low vision, and works by enlarging the display of text and images.

Hardware

IntelliKeys keyboard

The IntelliKeys keyboard can be configured with a variety of large, high-contrast key layouts.

BigKeys keyboard

BigKeys keyboards are simplified computer keyboards. A BigKeys keyboard is the same size as a standard keyboard, and has very large keys.

Ergonomic keyboard

Ergonomic keyboards position a user’s wrists in a neutral position to minimize repetetive strain.

Trackballs

A trackball is an input device that serves as an alternative to the mouse, and can be beneficial to students with mobility impairments. The control surface of a trackball can be easier to manipulate than a mouse, and buttons can be activated without affecting the position of the cursor.

Large monitors

Large monitors can display more information at once, especially when using screen magnification software.

Adjustable tables

Adjustable tables can be positioned to allow clearance for a wheelchair, or for general ergonomic benefit.

Scanners

Scanners can be used to capture images, including pages from books and class handouts. These images can then be used with a variety of assistive technologies.

Closed circuit televisions

Closed circuit televisions (CCTVs) can be used to display enlarged versions of printed materials, such as books, class handouts and notes.