Adaptive Technology at Bucks
Adaptive Workstations are available for use in the Libraries on all campuses, Gateway Computer Labs, Student Services Open Access Lab, The Accessibility Office, the Tutoring Center, Grupp Hall and select workstations will be made available as needed on each campus. The Testing Center also has an Adaptive Workstation in a quiet room.
These workstations, (some) adjustable height workstation's and adaptive software are for use by students with any disability that affects one's ability to use a computer without modification.
The installed software can include:
- JAWS for Windows -- Screen reading software for users who are blind.
- ZoomText -- Screen magnification and limited screen reading software for users who have low vision.
- Dragon NaturallySpeaking -- This is a speech to text software, allowing for (almost) hands-free computing. (professional edition).
- Read & Write Gold -- All Student computers on campus have reading support software installed for use by all students, faculty, and staff. No special installation or permission is required.
Submission of Exams that Require Accessible Software
1. Instructors must create the exam in a Word document.
2. The Word document containing the exam must be saved on a flash drive.
3. The Course Make-Up/Special Accommodations Test Request Form must be completed and submitted for all Accessible exams.
4. Instructors must deliver the flash drive containing the test to the Testing Center with a hard copy of the test and the Course Make-Up/Special Accommodations Test Request Form. If the test and flash drive must be sent to another campus, instructors must give at least three days for delivery.
5. Instructors who do not have a flash drive should contact the administrative office of their department. A flash drive will be provided for them. Instructors will need to return the flash drive to the department after the Testing Center has returned the exam to them.
Other adaptive technology available through TAO:
- Laptop computers -- For a loan on campus only with permission of staff. Have multiple uses, including portability of software or as a writing tool in the classroom.
- Talking calculator -- Useful for students with vision impairments.
- Tape recorders -- A limited number of traditional recorders are available to students to assist in note taking, test taking, etc. A digital recorder is also available.
- Portable CCTV's -- Magnification tool for low vision. Different sizes and types are available for use at all campuses.
- Electronic Stethoscopes -- Amplified stethoscopes for students who are hard of hearing.
- ViewPlus Tiger Pro braille printer -- Creates documents and tactile diagrams in braille.
- Use of Accessibility features on campus operating systems – including on-screen keyboards, magnification programs, word prediction and more
Basic Training in adaptive technology and resources -- An Adaptive Technology Specialist is available, part-time, for initial training, and continued support. Students are encouraged to seek additional training through resources such as OVR and BVS as applicable.
We are currently Piloting Sonocent AudioNotetaker for students with disabilities. Please inquire if interested!
Students should bring their own headset and/or microphone for listening or speaking to computers that are outside of The Accessibility Office. We also suggest bringing a flash storage device (thumb drive) with a fair amount of storage space (4 GB or more) for voice files, alt format textbooks, documents, etc.
Call or email to schedule an appointment to learn more about our adaptive technology.
Penny Gray, A.T. Specialist
Bucks Co. Community College
The Accessibility Office
Student Services Center
Room 11 Rollins
Last Page Update: September 2016