Assistive Technology

Research is a daunting task for everyone; it is especially challenging for students with sensory, mobility, or learning challenges. The Horrmann Library is pleased to offer the following assistive technology tools to improve our patrons' research and learning experiences:

  1. Zoom Text software is helpful for those with low vision by allowing the user to magnify everything viewed on the computer, including icons, text, and Web pages. It will also read the text it magnifies.
  2. Kurzweil serves all patrons with any sensory or learning challenge. Kurzweil software can scan print materials and "read" scanned images, text files, or PDF documents aloud. This advanced software also allows users to save readings as MP3 files which can be downloaded to your iPod or other MP3 player for listening away from the library.
  3. Dolphin Easy Reader will read audio books aloud. Any books (including textbooks) recorded by the national non-profit agency Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic can be played on this system.
  4. Dragon Naturally Speaking is useful for users with dysgraphia or mobility challenges. This advanced voice recognition software allows users to dictate to the computer and the system will type your dictation. This software requires a 45-minute voice-recognition training session before use.
  5. Optelec ClearView+ Magnification System magnifies text and objects in different colors, brightness and contrast.
  6. Hands-free mouse to assist users with mobility challenges.

If you would like to make an appointment for training in assistive technology hardware or software please contact Dina Assante in the Center for Academic and Career Engagement, 718-390-3278.