Assistive Technologies

All Rod Library Learning Spaces computers have the following assistive software installed:


Read & Write Gold 12: Literacy Support Software

Read and Write 

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)


JAWS: Screen Reading Software


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


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


3M Joystick Ergonomic mouse and Evoluent Ergonomic mouse are available for in-library checkout at the Library Services Desk.



Assistive Technology Spaces throughout Rod Library:


Assistive Technology Area - Main/Second Floor

The following assistive software and hardware are available in the Assistive Technology Area on the Rod Library’s main (second) floor, north-central section.  All computers are located on height-adjustable tables and the computer monitors are 24". 



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


 The OpenBook scanner and optical character recognition system converts printed or graphic-based text into an electronic text format that can then be converted to audio using text-to-speech software. Includes low vision options for customizing document appearance on the screen. A set of headphones is attached so that you may listen to the audio output. Open Book Quick Start Guide


Merlin 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)


 ZoomText: Screen Magnifier & Reader with Speech Workstation 

Zoom Text

Enables users to view their computer screen with enlarged text and/or customized colors and to hear the computer screen text read aloud.  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.  ZoomText Screen Magnifier/Reader with Speech is also available in Assistive Technology Study Room 315. ZoomText Documentation Downloads


Assistive Technology Study Room 315

Study room 315 is outfitted with:

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

The room is available for walk-in use; users with a reservation have priority. (Reserve through RodScheduler; room policies are stated in the RodScheduler room description). Transformer HD Manual 

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

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