Assistive Technologies

Assistive Technology -  Software Support - 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 - Spaces - Located in Rod Library:

These spaces are located in Rod Library and have additional 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". 

Assistive Technology Learning Commons Area


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

 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

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


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


Assistive Technology - Hardware for Checkout  

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

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