Last Updated: Jul 5, 2016
- Disability.gov’s Guide to Assistive and Accessible Technologies
Assistive technology (AT) includes any piece of equipment, product or system that is used to “increase, maintain or improve the functional capacities of people with disabilities.” AT can be low-tech, such as a magnifying glass, or high-tech, such as computer software. It can also be modified or customized to meet your needs. There are many different types of AT and adaptive equipment to help people with disabilities live independently and participate in the classroom, workplace and in their communities.
- NC Department of Health and Human Services Assistive Technology Program
NCATP Can Provide You –
•Hands-on demonstrations of assistive technology devices and computer software.
•Short-term loans, for two weeks, enabling the user to try out the devices.
•Information on assistive technology resources and referral to other programs or agencies as needed.
•Activities to increase awareness of assistive technology and NCATP services.
•Information about possible funding sources for assistive technology.
•Access to a listing of previously owned devices on the NC Assistive Technology Exchange.
- NC Assistive Technology Exchange Post
The goal of the Assistive Technology Exchange Post hosted by NCATP is to put AT equipment that is not currently being used into the hands of someone who can benefit from it.
- North Carolina Assistive Technology Program
All NCATP Regional Centers are full service AT centers providing device demonstrations, short-term device loans, device re utilization (Visit the NC Technology Exchange Post), training and technical assistance, public awareness, coordination and collaboration, assessments, consultations, and workshops/seminars.
- JAWS Screen Reader
The Vance-Granville Community College library has a computer with the JAWS Screen Reader installed. The acronym JAWS stands for Job Access With Speech. This screen reader is compatible with Internet Explorer, Firefox, Microsoft Office, and Windows 8. It also contains an OCR feature to make text in PDFs readable.
- NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access)
NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access) is a free “screen reader” which enables blind and vision impaired people to use computers. It reads the text on the screen in a computerised voice. You can control what is read to you by moving the cursor to the relevant area of text with a mouse or the arrows on your keyboard. NVDA can also convert the text into braille if the computer user owns a device called a “braille display”.
The Vance-Granville Community College Library has three Livescribe Echo Smartpens availabe for checkout. The smartpens can capture notes taken during class in order to play them back at a later date. Notes and recordings can also be uploaded to a computer for easy playback.
Increasing font size in Microsoft Word
There are three ways to enlarge the font size in Microsoft Word.
- Hold down the Control key on the keyboard and scroll up with the mouse scroll wheel.
- Use the zoom slider in the bottom right hand corner. Using the zoom slider can increase the font size by 500%.
- Press the Alt key while typing the letters W Q E. The cursor will be in a field where the font size can be increased by a percentage. Type the number and then press enter.
Increasing Font Size in Web Browsers
There are two ways to enlarge the font size in Internet Explorer and Mozilla Firefox.
- Notability - An app to help with Notetaking
Students, teachers, and business professionals use Notability daily to take notes, sketch ideas, annotate PDFs, mark-up photos, record lectures, provide audio feedback and more. It is uniquely designed for each device to provide the best note taking experience at school, at home, and at work. And with iCloud, your notes are always up to date.
- Read2Go - Bookshare
Bookshare is the world’s largest accessible online library for people with print disabilities with over 345,000 titles. For questions on whether Bookshare is for right for you or for someone you know with a qualifying print disability, please refer to www.bookshare.org. The Help Center on the Bookshare site offers assistance in preparing your membership and in using this app or other ebook readers with Bookshare.
SoundNote is the best way to take notes in meetings, lectures, and interviews. It tracks what you type and draw while recording audio, so you'll never worry about missing an important detail. During playback, just tap a word: SoundNote will jump right to the proper time in the audio.
- Ghotit Real Writer
Ghotit Real Writer assists people with dyslexia and dysgraphia in their English writing and text correction. The application corrects badly spelled words, confused words, homophones, grammar, and punctuation like no other writing assistance tool and offers advanced word prediction with grammar and phonetics awareness capabilities.
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