If you have used any assistive technology to access class material in high school, there is equipment available at Marquette for your use. Housed in Raynor Library, Room 024, is a work station containing three PCs with Kurzweil, Dragon Naturally Speaking, ZoomText, and Wynn that offers effective access to printed materials for students with vision or reading-related disabilities. The work station also includes a Mac that has built in screen reading technology. One short training session with an ODS staff member will enable you to use the equipment. Some of the PCs have software programs along with a portable Telex Scholar CD player that are designed to provide access to texts recorded on CD from Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D).
The links below list downloadable software and other vendors that offer products to help students access class material.
CAST Universal Design for Learning
CAST is a non-profit organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals, especially those with disabilities, through the research and development of innovative, technology-based educational resources and strategies.
Freedom Scientific offers assistive and adaptive technology for individuals who are blind, have low vision or learning disabilities.
ReadPlease offers text-to-speech software for Windows-based operating systems. ReadPlease 2003 is a free downloadable system.
Learning Ally (Formerly RFB&D - Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic)
Learning Ally, a nonprofit volunteer organization, is the nation's educational library serving people who cannot effectively read standard print because of visual impairment, dyslexia or other physical disability.
BookShare.Org is an online community that enables people with visual and other print disabilities to share scanned books. This is a clearinghouse where readers can legally share their scanned books and download from its collection. Click on the "Join" link to get started.