The goal of Disability Support Services (DSS) is to provide assistive technology to students with disabilities to help them access textbooks, websites and other materials needed for their college studies and give them an equal opportunity at the College. Assistive technology is hardware or computer software designed to help students access the materials they need to use in their studies and beyond.
Some types of assistive technology include:
- Text-to-speech computer software that turns text documents, PDF documents and Web pages into speech so readers can follow the print while listening to the audio being read. Some of the text-to-speech programs available include Kurzweil 3000, Read&Write 10 GOLD and ClaroRead Pro.
- DAISY books, textbooks converted to an audio format to assist qualifying students. Software examples that help achieve this include Victor Wave, Stream, Humanware Classmates, Plextalk and AMIS software.
- Speech recognition software, which allows students to create documents in Microsoft Word (or similar software) by dictating through a microphone instead of typing on the keyboard. Dragon Naturally Speaking is the computer program used in the DSS Assistive Technology Computer Lab.
The DSS Office maintains an Assistive Technology Computer Lab on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus in A-101 (the DSS office), which offers adaptive equipment and computer software for students registered with DSS. The Lab contains PC workstations equipped with the standard collegewide applications, as well as the following assistive technology computer programs:
- JAWS (text-to-speech program designed for people who are blind)
- ZoomText (print enlargement program)
- Dragon Naturally Speaking (speech recognition program)
- Kurzweil 3000 (text-to-speech program)
- ClaroRead Pro (text-to-speech program)
- AMIS DAISY book reader (free book reader software)
Other equipment available in the Lab includes CCTVs, video print enlargers for students with visual impairments.
In the open computer labs and classroom computer labs throughout the College, JAWS and/or ZoomText can be installed at the request of a student, staff or faculty member. Please contact DSS if you need this disability accommodation.
Assistive Technology Resources
- AMIS DAISY player free software
- Livescribe Smartpen, a pen that captures audio
- Humanware, a webs ite with many varieties of assistive technology
- Learning Ally, a site that provides books in alternate format
- Plextalk, a company that provides book readers in electronic format
- Freedom Scientific, the company responsible for producing the JAWS software
- NVDA, free screen-reader software
- ClaroRead Pro Channel on Youtube
Free Software and Apps
- Calibre e-book manager
- Balabolka text-to-speech
- Khan Academy App (Android)
- Khan Academy App (Apple)
- Complete Mathematics App (Android)
- Bluefire Reader (IOS)
Web Accessibility Tools and Resources
Seminole State offers guides for certain assistive technology products. These include: