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Assistive Software and Technology

The Office of Disability Services collaborates with each student to determine what technology or software may be needed for access in the classroom and out of the classroom. In some cases, a student may need a voice recorder to collect audio recordings of the lecture and other cases a student may need a FM system to hear the lecture. While the office strives to match the software and technology students may have used in the past, the office may offer comparable software and technology available for use at the college.

Review this page to learn more about what software and technology is currently available for students through the office. The information is not all-inclusive as other options do exist.

If you are interested in discussing how assistive software and technology may reduce disability-related academic barriers, contact the Office of Disability Services.


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READ&WRITE SOFTWARE

Introducing Read&Write, software with a universal access toolbar with features for reading, writing, studying, and research support. The Read&Write toolbar works with websites, Word files, PDFs, Google docs, and more.

Read&Write is free to all ASU-Beebe students, staff, and faculty and can be downloaded for use on multiple devices.

  • Improve reading comprehension: hear web pages and documents read aloud with a choice of natural voices.
  • Help understand unfamiliar words with text and picture dictionaries.
  • Develop writing skills and confidence with word prediction and a grammar, spelling, and confusable words checker.
  • Support homework and independent research with study skills tools.
  • Turn documents and web pages into MP3 files for easy listening on the go.
  • Assists English Language Learners and students studying a second language.
  • Accessibility features like screen masking give extra support to students with dyslexia and other literacy challenges.
  • Organize lecture notes and study guides with color highlighters.
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Enjoy the benefits of Read&Write on Chromebooks, Windows PCs, Macs, iPad, and Android tablets. Read&Write works with lots of different platforms and learning management systems, including Google Chrome, Windows, and Mac.

This means you can work uninterrupted with programs that are familiar to you.

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The Read&Write Newsletter will show you how to download the software, provide tutorials on how to use the tools, and much more!

GET STARTED: GO TO THE READ&WRITE NEWSLETTER TO BEGIN

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SCANNING READER PENS

Introducing the C-Pen Reader, a scanner pen about the size of a chunky highlighter that you use to scan lines of text on a piece of paper or book that you want to listen to be read aloud. The office has Reader Pens and Exam Pens. The pen connects with ear buds that allow you to listen to the text you have scanned!  The Reader Pen is a lifesaver for those who struggle from reading difficulties such as dyslexia. The Reader Pen is a portable, pocket-sized device that reads text out loud with a human-like digital voice.

 

  • Portable, it goes where you go
  • Listen to words read off a page, quickly and independently
  • Built in dictionary to look up words you don’t understand
  • Scan, store, & transfer to a PC or Mac to listen to later
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  • Portable, it goes where you go
  • Listen to words off a page, quickly and independently
  • Perfect for students who only want to hear specific words or specific questions
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The C-Pen Newsletter will give you more information on the reader pens, provide tutorials on how to use the pens, and much more!

GET STARTED LEARNING ABOUT READING PENS

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OTHER ASSISTIVE SOFTWARE AND TECHNOLOGY

Assistive software and technology refer to a very broad range of devices from high-tech and low-tech. The software and technology options provide access for students with disabilities in their educational pursuits. You will find below a list of our most used technology.

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SCREEN READER SOFTWARE

JAWS & NV ACCESS

The college uses JAWS and NV ACCESS screen reader software across campus. Students may request to have the software installed on specific computers in any computer lab and classroom.

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MAGNIFIER SOFTWARE

ZOOMTEXT

The college uses ZoomText for students who need screen magnification software. Students may request to have the software installed on specific computers in any computer lab and classroom.

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WIRELESS MICROPHONE

ROGER PEN SYSTEM

This universal wireless microphone helps people with hearing loss to understand more speech in environments with loud noise and over distance.

View the Roger Pen Quick Guide

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FM LISTENING SYSTEMS

Williams Sound PFM

The Personal FM Listening System PFM PRO delivers audio directly to the ear, enhancing sound anywhere background noise or distance from the source makes listening difficult.

View the FM System User Guide

View the FM System Spec. Guide

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HD DESKTOP MAGNIFIER

Amigo HD

Amigo HD displays clear HD images with vibrant colors, at any distance, on a large 7-inch widescreen LCD. Lightweight and simple to use. Place it directly on your reading material or hold it up to view an item at a distance. Read printed handouts, books, whiteboard and more.

View the Amigo HD User Guide

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DIGITAL VOICE RECORDERS

Sony Recorders

The office has many digital recorders to check out. Many of the digital recorders do have the function to upload your audio files to your computer.

View the Digital Recorder User Guide

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POCKET SPELLING CORRECTORS

Franklin Spellers

Portable and easy to use spellers to check your work.

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GRAPHING & SCIENTIFIC CALCULATORS

TI-84 & TI-30X

The Office has both the graphing and scientific calculators to check out for a semester.

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HANDHELD LED MAGNIFIERS

Reizen Magnifiers

The office has different magnifier strengths with LED lights for students to check out for use.

Students interested in learning more about the software and technology available to help manage the struggles with learning due to disabilities can visit with the Office of Disability Services.  We welcome chatting with you about maximizing your strengths with the use of software and technology!


Office of Disability Services Contact Information

Tisha L. Marzewski, Coordinator of Disability Services

PHONE: 501.882.8863

EMAIL: tlmarzewski@asub.edu

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