Disability Resource Center

Technology

Technology Available in the DRC

Dragon NaturallySpeaking (http://www.nuance.com/)

Software by Nuance

  • Dragon speech recognition eliminates the frustration of typing and spelling for students with dyslexia and other learning disabilities
  • Students can express their thoughts and ideas in writing more quickly and easily, generating new levels of independence and confidence
  • An accessible technology for those with a broad range of physical challenges from carpal tunnel and RSI to multiple sclerosis and paralysis, Dragon speech recognition reduces the pain and frustration of daily computer tasks by helping reduce the number of keystrokes and mouse clicks needed to create documents or manage computer applications
  • Available at the Disability Resource Center
JAWS Screen Reading (http://www.freedomscientific.com/)

Software by Freedom Scientific

  • Developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content
  • JAWS for Windows is a powerful accessibility solution that reads information on your screen using synthesized speech
  • JAWS reads aloud what's on the PC screen and gives the student a unique set of intelligent tools for navigating and accesses Web pages and all screen content
MAGic - Screen Magnification (http://www.freedomscientific.com/)

Software by Freedom Scientific

  • Students with low vision can take control of Web and software application pages
  • Magnifies the computer screen up to 36 times
  • Built-in color enhancements eliminate glare and increase contrast, making the computer more readable and reducing eye fatigue for students
  • MAGic uses many of the same reading commands as JAWS
MAGic Large Print Keyboard (http://www.freedomscientific.com/)

Software by Freedom Scientific

  • Bold high contrast keys with oversized characters provide fast, accurate typing
  • Less eye fatigue experienced
  • Most frequently used functions are pre-assigned to 22 dedicated keys for quick access
  • Toggle on and off visual enhancements for mouse, cursor and focus tracking
ONYX Desktop Magnification Camera (http://www.freedomscientific.com/)

By Freedom Scientific

  • The camera rotates smoothly in all directions to allow you to look in any direction - near, far, even mirror-image self-view
  • Magnification up to 105x
  • In distance view, even objects from across large rooms or auditoriums can be seen in sharp focus
  • Document view gives the student an ability to magnify items such as reading materials, classroom assignments, and exams
TOPAZ Desktop Video Magnifier

By Freedom Scientific

  • True color and optional enhanced full color
  • Moveable reading table slides for continuous reading
  • Magnification up to 77x

Technology Available for Loan (from the DRC)

The following technology is for loan for students registered with the Disability Resource Center. Quantities of items available for loan are limited and issued on a "*first come, first served*" basis. All students must return equipment within the agreed upon lending period and in good condition (showing no signs of misuse or parts missing).

Livescribe Smartpens (http://www.livescribe.com/en-us/)
  • Record everything you hear, say and write, while linking your audio recordings to your notes.
  • Replay audio directly from paper by tapping on your notes
  • Livescribe Desktop software allows you to save, organize and play back interactive notes from your Mac or Windows computer.
Williams Sound FM Assistive Systems (http://www.freedomscientific.com/)
  • Personal FM listening systems deliver superior audio directly to the ear, enhancing sound in classrooms
  • wirelessly broadcasts a speaker's voice directly to the listener via transmitter, mic, receiver, and ear buds
  • reduces background noise and maximizes listening

Technology Available For Everyone (Macomb Campus)

JAWS Screen Reading (http://www.freedomscientific.com/)

Software by Freedom Scientific

  • JAWS for Windows is a powerful accessibility solution that reads information on your screen using synthesized speech
  • JAWS reads aloud what's on the PC screen and gives the student a unique set of intelligent tools for navigating and accesses Web pages and all screen Developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content
  • Available in Stipes 307, Morgan 124, Horrabin 77, Olson 110, Grote 109, and Memorial 046 & 143
MAGic - Screen Magnification (http://www.freedomscientific.com/)

Software by Freedom Scientific

  • Students with low vision can take control of Web and software application pages
  • Magnifies the computer screen up to 36 times
  • Built-in color enhancements eliminate glare and increase contrast, making the computer more readable and reducing eye fatigue for students
  • MAGic uses many of the same reading commands as JAWS
  • Available in Stipes 307, Morgan 124, Horrabin 77, Olson 110, Grote 109, and Memorial 046 & 143.
MAGic Large Print Keyboard (http://www.freedomscientific.com/)

Software by Freedom Scientific

  • Bold high contrast keys with oversized characters provide fast, accurate typing
  • Less eye fatigue experienced
  • Most frequently used functions are pre-assigned to 22 dedicated keys for quick access
  • Toggle on and off visual enhancements for mouse, cursor and focus tracking
  • Available in Memorial 143
Kurzweil 3000 Firefly (http://www.kurzweiledu.com/)
  • Built-in tools for reading, writing, study skills and test taking
  • Reads text aloud to students using natural voices
  • Text is highlighted and spoken at a self-adjusted pace allowing student to follow along
  • Gives students instant access to their textbooks, the Internet, and reference sources to acquire source material
  • Available in Stipes 307, Olson 110, and Memorial 143

Students can ask the lab assistant on duty, which computer they should use.

Need assistive technology elsewhere on campus such as a computer lab, office, or classroom? Contact the DRC at 309-298-2512, we will take care of it!

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday
8:00am to 4:30pm

Contact Info

Disability Resource Center
Memorial Hall 143
1 University Circle
Macomb, IL 61455

Email: disability@wiu.edu
Phone: (309) 298-2512
Fax: (309) 298-2361