Adaptive Technology at Bucks

Adaptive Workstations

Adaptive Workstations are available for use in the Libraries, Gateway Center labs, Student Services Lab, disAbility Services, and located as needed on each campus

These workstations consist of large screen monitors, Optelec CCTV's, scanners, and adjustable height workstations (in most instances) and adaptive software. They 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 Xtra level 2 -- Screen magnification and limited screen reading software for users who have low vision
  • Inspiration -- Mind mapping software to help organize ideas and thoughts for students with learning disabilities.
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking -- This is a speech to text software, allowing for hands-free computing. (professional edition)
  • Kurzweil 3000 -- Scan and read software, useful for students with learning and low vision disabilities, also has uses for users with mobility impairments.
  • Nearly all student computers on campus have Read & Write Gold reading support software installed for use by all students, faculty and staff. No special installation or permission is required.

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 computer for editing, printing, or saving to disk/flash drive. Useful for students who have difficulty writing by hand, for taking notes in class.
  • Victor Readers -- Portable Learning Ally players for reading audio books ordered from Learning Ally. Available for loan to qualified students.
  • Portable CCTV -- Magnification tool for low vision. Different sizes and types are  available for use at all campuses.
  • Alternative input devices --  including a trackball and track pad
  • 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.
  • Laptop computers -- For 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.
  • ViewPlus Tiger Pro braille printer -- Creates documents and tactile diagrams in braille.
  • Electronic Stethoscopes -- Amplified stethoscopes for students who are hard of hearing.
  • 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.
  • Use of Accessibility features on campus operating systems – including on screen keyboards, magnification programs, word prediction and more.   

Reccomendations

Students should bring their own headset and/or microphone for listening or speaking to computers that are outside of disAbility Services. 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.

Stop by, call or e-mail to learn more about our adaptive technology.

Penny Gray, A.T. Specialist
Bucks Co. Community College
disAbility Services
Student Services Center
Room 11 Rollins
215-968-8012
grayp@bucks.edu

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Last Page Update: November 2011