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.
Top Apps for Online Success
- Scanner Mini - Even online students occasionally have need to scan documents and handwritten notes.
- Dragon Anywhere - Mobile dictation makes it easy to create documents,edit, format and share them.
- Todoist - This is one of the most versatile to-do apps available. It also is a great research tool.
- Evernote - A virtual notebook and storage app that allows you to take notes, clip and collect notes, create checklists and reminder notifications, and highlight articles or lecture notes.
- Trello - Trello is a flexible drag and drop tool to organize your coursework and other projects that works best for you.
- Chegg - Chegg ships printed books, and while you wait for arrival, you can use their mobile app.
- Pixlr - For students who need a photo editor with style, Pixlr is perfect for novice or professional photographers.
- Study Blue - StudyBlue is more than just a study tool or flashcard app—students benefit from the crowdsourced information to succeed in their studies.
- Instagrok - Organize research notes into concept maps (similar to mind maps), save key facts, videos, journals and more.
- My Homework - This app is an option for students who want a tool solely devoted to school. No more student planners.
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Text to Speech, Dictation, and Transcription
As a student in today's college life, there are technologies available to help students with reading, writing, and listening comprehension. So, how do we distinguish between the different types of technology? They fall into three different categories: text to speech, dictation, and speech to text.
Text-to-speech computer software turns text documents, PDF documents and Web pages into speech so readers can follow the print while listening to the audio being read.
- ClaroRead Pro: This software is located in the computer labs, Library, and DSS. If you are a student, please email to DSS to get a free licensed copy.
- Kurzweil 3000: Sign up for free and download the kurzweil chrome browser extension
- Read and Write Gold
Dictation software is used to create word documents or other presentations by using your voice to speak into a microphone.
Transcription or Speech to Text will listen to speaking and transcribe it into text using an app or software. Depending upon the application, the text may or may not be exported to a document.
Types of Technology
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 Ebook Readers
- Calibre e-PC
- Kindle (iOS, Android, Mac & PC)
- Apple iBooks (iOS, Mac)
- eReader Prestigio (Android)
- Good e-Reader (Android)
- Kobo (Android, iOS, PC, Mac)
- Nook (Android, iOS, PC)
- EasyReader (Android, iOS)
- Thorium (PC, Mac)
Free Software and Apps
- 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: