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Assistive Technology for College Students

who are Blind or Visually Impaired

 

Screen Magnification: Screen magnification software is used by people with visual impairments to access information on computer screens. The software enlarges information on the screen by incremental factors (2x magnification, 3x up to 20x magnification). Screen magnification programs run simultaneously with the computer's operating system and applications. Most screen magnification programs have the flexibility to magnify the full screen, parts of the screen, or a magnifying glass view of the area around the cursor or pointer. These programs also allow for inverted colors, enhanced pointer viewing, and tracking options.

Product

Vendor

Website

MAGic

Freedom Scientific, Inc. Blind/Low Vision Group

www.freedomscientific.com  

ZoomText

Ai Squared

www.aisquared.com

BigShot

Ai Squared

www.aisquared.com

 

 

Screen Readers: Screen reading software reads aloud everything on computer screens, including text, pull-down menus, icons, dialog boxes, and web pages. Screen readers run simultaneously with the computer's operating system and applications.

Product

Vendor

Website

JAWS

Freedom Scientific, Inc. Blind/Low Vision Group

www.freedomscientific.com  

Windows-Eyes

GW Micro

www.gwmicro.com  

ZoomText

Ai Squared

www.aisquared.com  

 

 

Scan/Read Systems: Scan/read systems combine software and a flatbed scanner to read aloud any printed text.   Textbook pages, class handouts, and tests can be scanned in and then read aloud by a computer.

Product

Vendor

Website

Kurzweil 1000

Kurzweil Educational Systems

www.kurzweiledu.com

OpenBook

Freedom Scientific, Inc., Blind/Low Vision Group

www.freedomscientific.com  

 

 

Portable Notetakers: Lightweight, portable notetakers provide speech output without a visual display and can be connected to printers and computers for printing and uploading text.   Braille keyboards and refreshable Braille displays are available for Braille users.   A QWERTY keyboard version is available for people who prefer touch-typing.

Product

Vendor

Website

Braille Lite Series

Freedom Scientific, Inc. Blind/Low Vision Group

www.freedomscientific.com  

Braille 'n Speak

Freedom Scientific, Inc. Blind/Low Vision Group

www.freedomscientific.com  

Type 'n Speak

Freedom Scientific, Inc. Blind/Low Vision Group

www.freedomscientific.com

PacMATE Series

Freedom Scientific, Inc. Blind/Low Vision Group

www.freedomscientific.com

Type Lite

Freedom Scientific, Inc. Blind/Low Vision Group

www.freedomscientific.com

VoiceNote

Pulse Data

www.pulsedata.co.nz  

BrailleNote

Pulse Data

www.pulsedata.co.nz

 

 

Video Magnifiers:   Video   magnifiers utilize closed circuit television technology to enlarge written materials and small objects for people with low vision.   All printed material from textbook pages to mail can be magnified onto the CCTV for easier viewing.  

Product

Vendor

Website

Prisma

Freedom Vision

www.freedomvision.net

Aladdin

Telesensory

www.telesensory.com  

Clarity

Clarity Solutions

www.clarityaf.com

SmartView

Pulse Data

www.pulsedata.co.nz

Flipper

Enhanced Vision

www.enhancedvision.com

 

 

Digital Book Readers : Software playback systems are full-featured software packages designed to play RFB&D's AudioPlus CD books on a desktop or laptop computer.   They are specially designed with the blind and visually impaired community in mind.

Product

Vendor

Website

eClipseReader

Innovative Rehabilitation Technology, Inc.

www.eclipsereader.com

Victor Reader Soft

VisuAide

www.visuaide.com

PlexTalk

Plextor

www.plextalk.com

 

Adaptive Technology Center for NJ Colleges

Forcina Hall, Room 101

The College of New Jersey

P.O. Box 7718

Ewing, NJ 08628-0718

P) 609.771.2610

F) 609.637.5179

E) atcenter@tcnj.edu

Contact Us Forms

Directions to Center


Project Director

Amy Dell

Project Coordinator

Anne Disdier

Project Specialist

Adela Katkic

Lending Project Coordinator

Tammy Cordwell

Assistive Technology Specialist

Rana Smith