Assistive Technology Instructor trains student in computer lab

Computer Accessibility Lab

Assistive Technologies

Students' learning and access needs are supported with training on a variety of technology tools in the Computer Accessibility Lab (CAL).

Reading, Writing, & Learning Tools
  • Texthelp Read & Write: Scan/OCR, customizeable Text-to-Speech & reading options, convert-to-audio, study skills, spelling, and proofreading tools.
  • ClaroRead Plus: ClaroRead is a simple, easy-to-use and flexible software program that aids reading, writing, and study skills. Includes Scan/OCR features, customizeable features,Text-to-Speech, and proofreading tools
  • Capti Voice: is a personalized reading support tool that uses a number of innovative reading supports that use Machine Learning, Artificial Intelligence, and Natural Language Processing, including adaptive vocabulary games, contextual translation, language detection, etc.
  • Balabolka: Text-to-Speech & customize able reading, convert-to-audio features
  • Inspiration: Visual thinking supports learning and retention of information. Some common visual learning strategies include creating graphic organizers, diagramming, mind mapping, outlining and more.
  • Central Access Reader: Central Access Reader (CAR) is free, open source, text-to- speech application designed specifically for students with print-related disabilities.  CAR reads Word Docs and pasted text using the voice installed on your computer.  CAR has an intuitive interface and many customizable features.
Mobility Impairments
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking: Voice-recognition software transcribes dictation through spoken voice commands
  • Ergonomic adaptations
    • Alternative Input devices: specialized computer mice, keyboards
    • Adjustable tables & chairs
Vision Impairments
  • NVDA: Screen reading for Windows
  • JAWS: Screen reader for Windows
  • Narrator: Screen reader for Windows
  • ZoomText: Magnifier and Screen Reader
  • Magnifier: Screen-magnification function for Windows
  • Kurzweil 1000: (scan/read software for visual impairments)
  • OptelecColor CCTV: Video magnifier
  • Central Access Reader: Central Access Reader (CAR) is free, open source, text-to- speech application designed specifically for students with print-related disabilities.  CAR reads Word Docs and pasted text using the voice installed on your computer.  CAR has an intuitive interface and many customizable features.
Math Software
  • MathType: MathType is a powerful interactive equation editor for Windows and Macintosh that lets you create mathematical notation for word processing, web pages, desktop publishing, presentations, elearning, and for TeX, LaTeX, and MathML documents.
  • Microsoft Math add-in for MS Word - This free add-in makes it easy to create graphs, perform calculations, and solve for variables with equations created in Word. 
  • MathTypeIt Insert mathematical symbols into email messages and other target documents.
  • Central Access Reader:Read math and logic equations
Note-Taking Software

Explore various note-taking strategies and apps such as:

  • Sonocent Audio Notetaker: Capture, annotate, and review customize able note-taking options
  • Livescribe Smartpens: Capture and replay searchable notes, pair with android or iOS app
  • Notability: Combine handwriting, photos and typing in a single note. Use a wide range of note-taking and sketching tools to capture every detail. Add and annotate PDFs in Notability.
  • OneNote:Type, write or draw with the free form feel of pen to paper. Search and clip from the web to picture ideas. Access your notes anywhere, on any device or platform.
Faculty Information: Sridevi (Shri) Lakshmanan
Email: LakshSri@fhda.edu
Phone: 408.864.5817 | CAL: 408.864.5816
Location: AT-203, Advanced Technology Center (ATC)
 

Microsoft Word 2007 - Word has built-in support for equation writing and editing.  This is the most useful program for students who need to write equations, but can't write using their hands.  If they have even minimal use of one hand, they can use a trackball to choose symbols from a palate directly into MS Word.  If they have no use of their hands, they can use Dragon NaturallySpeaking to enter the keyboard commands that would enter the symbols they need.  Students who are blind can also use JAWS to enter equations by learning the keystrokes they need.  One advantage to this method is that it does not solve the equation like some other math programs so it can be used for homework and testing.  Another advantage is that it is relatively easy to get up and running with Dragon NaturallySpeaking to do math this way if needed.


Building: ATC, AT-203
Contact: Shri Lakshmanan
Email:
LakshSri@fhda.edu
Phone: 408.864.5817 | CAL: 408.864.5816

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Last Updated: 3/16/18