A Practical Guide to Library Services for Patrons with Differing Abilities at TCNJ
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Accessibility & Adaptive Technology Tools
Adaptive technology software is designed to help the population with disabilities have a full experience on the Internet. Below are just a few of the numerous packages of software available.
The following technologies are available in the library:
- Ease of Access
- Read Out Loud
- Kurzweil 3000
- ZoomText Extra
- Prisma Video Magnifier
- Hearing Helper Personal FM System PFM-350
- WYNN Wizard
- Wivik 3.1
- WordQ 1.4
- Closed caption TV
- Adjustable height tables
- “Text-to-Speech” feature for articles from WilsonWeb
Ease of Access – Available on all Windows7 machines
There are accessibility settings and programs available from Windows. Go to Start, then Control Panel, then, Ease of Access.
This screen reader is available to everyone on the campus network through ZENworks Application Window. Available on all networked machines. Go to Start, thenAll Programs, then Novell ZENworks, then ZENworks Application Window, then Library, finally Read Out Loud.
Kurzweil 3000 – LIB61 and LIB69 – Reference Room
This software offers a combined scanning and reading application that coverts printed text into audio feedback.
ZoomText Xtra – LIB70, LIB92 – Reference Room; Room 4 – Instructional Technology Services
The ZoomText Xtra software package, developed by Ai Squared, consists of a screen magnifier that provides 2x to 16x magnification and a fully integrated magnifier and screen reader designed specifically for the low-vision computer user.
Prisma is a full color video magnifier with a adjustable camera stand and integral table that allows ranges of magnification.
The Hearing Helper® System helps listeners overcome background noise, reverberation, and distance from the speaker in classrooms and small groups.
- Please request the Personal FM system at the Access Services Desk
- Location Map
JAWS is a screen reading software program for blind and low vision users.
Software program that highlights text as it is spoken.
On-screen keyboard provides access to applications.
Provides spoken feedback when used with writing software.
There are several adjustable height tables in the Reference Room. Please ask at Reference, Access Services. or consult online Location Map for locations.
“Text-to-Speech” feature for articles from WilsonWeb
WilsonWeb, publisher of such databases as Education Abstracts, Reader’s Guide, Social Sciences Abstracts and many others, now offers an audio Text-to-Speech version of every article available in HTML in every Wilson database.
WilsonWeb’s “Text- to-Speech“ feature requires no special software. To use it, simply click on the HTML Full Text icon. Then click on the Listen icon to hear the audio version of the full text. Articles may also be downloaded as MP3 files to be played back later. The Text- to- Speech feature offers assistance to people with different learning styles, readers with impaired vision or dyslexia, and ESL learners.
More Information About Adaptive Technology Tools
The Adaptive Technology Center for New Jersey Colleges – provides adaptive technology support to college students with disabilities.
TECH-NJ is a publication from TCNJ that focuses on adaptive technology.