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The Adaptive Technology Computer Lab at BCCC
The computer lab of disAbility Services currently has one computer for initial training and general use for students with disabilities. This computer has a 21-inch monitor, Optelec--CCTV, a scanner and printer. The following software is available on this DS computer for use by students with visual impairments, physical limitations, learning disabilities etc.
The installed software's are:
- Kurzweil 1000 -- Scan and read software for students with vision impairments. Version 10
- Kurzweil 3000 -- Scan and read software, useful for learning and low vision disabilities, also has uses for mobility-impaired users. Version 10
- JAWS for Windows -- Screen reading software for blind users. Version 8.0
- ZoomText Xtra level 2 -- Screen magnification and limited screen reading software for low vision users. Version 11
- Inspiration -- Mind mapping software to help organize ideas and thoughts for students with learning disabilities. Version 9
- Dragon NaturallySpeaking -- This is a speech to text software, allows for hands-free computing. Version 9.5 professional edition.
- Eclipse Reader -- RFB & D book reader. 2 copies available for loan to qualified students.
Other adaptive technology available through DS:
- Alpha Smart 3000 -- Portable word processor that can be connected to any computer to upload the files into a word processor for editing, printing, or saving to disk/flash drive. Useful for students who have difficulty writing by hand, for taking notes in class.
- Premier Key to Access -- Portable software solution device. Especially useful for students with learning disabilities.
- Victor Readers -- Portable RFB & D CD players. For reading books from Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic. Available for loan to qualified students.
- CCTV -- Magnification tool for low vision. Several available for use on campus and at satellite campus sites.
- Ergonomic keyboards -- Useful for repetitive stress injuries. Also available with track pad or trackball if the mouse use is difficult.
- WinMini keyboard -- adaptive keyboard for people with mobility impairments.
- Assorted assistive listening devices -- Several types available for students with hearing impairments.
- Alternative input devices -- Kensington Trackball for Macintosh, Kensington trackball for Windows.
- Tape recorders -- For use by students to assist in note taking, test taking, etc.
- Digital Tape recorder -- For use by students to assist in note taking, test taking, etc.
- Laptop computers -- Have multiple uses: Dragon naturally speaking, Kurzweil 3000, Jaws and C-print real-time captioning software installed for students with hearing impairments. One laptop for use in music courses with Jaws, Goodfeel & Finale software installed for users who are blind.
- Talking calculator -- Useful for students with vision impairments.
- Braille Writer -- For blind users to create Braille documents. (Early 1980s model, has had little use)
- Tactile Image Enhancer -- For users who are blind. Converts maps and charts into tactile format.
- ViewPlus Tiger Pro braille printer -- Creates documents and tactile diagrams in braille.
- Electronic Stethoscopes -- Amplified stethoscopes for students who are hard of hearing.
Adaptive workstations are available for use in the Library, Gateway Center labs and located as needed on campus, and available at all campus sites.
An Adaptive Technology Specialist is available, part-time, for initial training and continued support.
We ask that you bring your own headset and/or microphone for listening or speaking to computers that are outside of the Disability Services computer lab.
Stop by, call or e-mail to learn more about our adaptive technology.
Penny Gray, A.T. Specialist
Bucks Co. Community College
Student Services Center
Room 11 Rollins
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