Assistive Technologies

Assistive Technology - Specialty Software - Located in Rod Library

These spaces are located in Rod Library and have dedicated Hardware and Software for Accessibility. 

Assistive Technology Area - Learning Commons - Main/2nd Floor Rod Library 

Located in the north-central section on the main floor of Rod Library. All computers are located on height-adjustable tables and the computer monitors are 24". 

M​​erlin CCTV   Merlin CCTV

A closed-circuit color camera system which magnifies text and other visual material for viewing on the Merlin monitor. Merlin VGA Users Manual (PDF)


Open Book: Text-to-Speech Scanner and Reader Workstation    OpenBook   

OpenBook is installed on the computer closets to the pillar in the Assistive Technology Area. It has scanner that converts printed or graphic-based text into an electronic text format that can then be converted to audio using text-to-speech software. A set of headphones is attached so that you may listen to the audio output. Open Book Quick Start Guide


ZoomText: Screen Magnifier & Reader with Speech Workstation Zoom Text

ZoomText: Magnifier & Reader enables users to view their computer screen with enlarged text and/or customized colors and the read aloud the text selected on the screen. A set of headphones is attached so you may then listen to the audio output.  The ZoomText workstation is also equipped with a ZoomText Keyboard. Zoom Text Magnifier is installed on all computers in Rod Library,  ZoomText Screen Magnifier/Reader is installed on the Workstation in the Assistive Technology Area and Study Room 315. ZoomText Documentation Downloads


Assistive Technology Study Room 315

  • Networked desktop computer
  • ZoomText Screen Magnifier/Reader with Speech
  • ZoomText keyboard
  • 55” monitor
  • Webcam
  • Motorized, height-adjustable table. 


Assistive Technology -  Software Installed on all Rod Library Machines 


JAWS: Screen Reading Software Jaws

The JAWS screen reader reads aloud the computer screen and enables users to use keystroke commands to navigate and access Web pages and all screen content. Headphones checked out from the Library Services Desk or personal headphones can be attached to the computer so that you may listen to the audio output.  JAWS for Windows Quick Start Guide


Read & Write Gold 12: Literacy Support SoftwareRead and Write Logo

The Read & Write Gold toolbar provides word prediction, advanced spell checking, and dictionary functions for use with programs such as Microsoft Word. Read & Write Gold Beginners Guide. (PDF)


ZoomText: Screen Magnifier       Zoom Text   

Computer screen magnification and screen color customization software so that Internet and other computer images may be viewed and accessed more easily.  ZoomText Documentation Downloads


Assistive Technology - Hardware for Checkout  

3M Joystick Ergonomic mouse and Evoluent Ergonomic mouse are available for in-library checkout at the Library Services Desk. The Library Services Desk also has 4 Optelec portable video magnifiers.   Portable Screen Reader


Individuals with disabilities may inquire at the Library Services Desk about assistance. 

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