Assistive Technology

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking by Nuance has become the leader in Speech to Text and Speech Command. They offer several different products, each which have been enhanced to fulfill a specific need. It is important you review the specification of each product to choose the right one for you.

Speech Command

It is recommended by Nuance to use Dragon Professionals Individual license for the desktop. This version has been optimize to control common operations on your computer. Specific software may require macros. For assistance with setting…

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New Brunswick, Off Campus Locations, RBHS, Newark, Camden

Audience

Faculty, Staff, Students, Visitors

Getting started with Alternate Format Text and/or Assistive Technology

Tag: Alternate Format Text

After being approved for Alternate Format Textbooks (AFT) or Assistive Technology (AT) as an accommodation, there are several steps you will need to complete. Below, outlines the information you need to know how to set you up your AFT for success.

Arranging your AFT and/or AT intake meeting

Within a few days of your approval by ODS, you should receive an email allowing you to set up an appointment with our staff. Our office utilizes a free online scheduling service.  In…

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New Brunswick, Off Campus Locations, RBHS, Newark, Camden

Audience

Students

Getting Started with Assistive Technology

 

Hi, my name is Nicholas Russo. I am an Assistive Technology Specialist. Whether you are a life long user or just getting started with Assistive Technology (AT), below are a few helpful tips to remember:

 

  • This is always a collaborative process.
  • Recommendations are only Recommendations.
  • Explore and try many different types of AT to determine what works best for you.

 

To the right are various AT that we can provide.  If you are looking to use any of these, or want…

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New Brunswick, Off Campus Locations, RBHS, Newark, Camden

Audience

Students

How to install Kurzweil's Read the Web

Kurzweil 3000 Read the Web Instructions for Google Chrome

  1. You can…

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New Brunswick, Off Campus Locations, RBHS, Newark, Camden

Audience

Students

How to use BigBlueButton with JAWS

BigBlueButton will appear in Canvas a Collaboration, and in Sakai as meetings. After you've clicked on join meeting, follow the instructions below:

  1. The first thing you'll hear is "Join audio alert dialogue" . Click your tab key to select the Microphone or Listen only option.  Listen only, will enter you into the room with your microphone muted.
  2. Press Spacebar. You'll hear the words "connecting" afterward.

 

Common Keyboard commands

Alt + Shift + M    Mute / Unmute
Alt + Shift + O    …

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New Brunswick, Off Campus Locations, RBHS, Newark, Camden

Audience

Students

Kurzweil 3000

Kurzweil 3000 is an accessibility software designed to help students learn course materials in school. With functions such as text-to-speech, highlighting, and integrated note-taking and brainstorming, this assistive technology enables students with learning difficulties to fully engage in what they are learning and to focus on the tasks at hand.

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New Brunswick, Off Campus Locations, RBHS, Newark, Camden

Audience

Students

Kurzweil and Read & Write Comparison

Summary
  • Both offer text-to-speech, speech-to-text, OCR, and access to the cloud.
  • Texthelp includes built-in math support, Kurzweil does not.
  • Both offer Windows and Mac support; however, Texthelp offers better web and mobile applications.
  • Kurzweil works better for reading Textbooks and PDFs while Texthelp is better at reading websites and EPUBs.

Campus

New Brunswick, Off Campus Locations, RBHS, Newark, Camden

Audience

Faculty, Students

LiveScribe Pen

 

 

 

The LiveScribe Pen is a note-taking tool, which allows students to capture their notes digitally, while simultaneously time syncing audio recordings. 

 

If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services and looking to utilize this as an accommodation please be sure to speak with your campus’ ODS Coordinator. Feature list   LiveScribe Echo LiveScribe 3 Platforms:
  • Windows, Mac
  • Windows, Mac, IOS, Android…

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New Brunswick, Off Campus Locations, RBHS, Newark, Camden

Audience

Faculty, Students

Note Taking Express

NTE Hub is a full-featured note-taking suite backed by a talented human note taker service. Choose to take your own notes within the platform or send your audio files to a note-taker to accelerate your note-taking workflow.

Campus

New Brunswick, Off Campus Locations, RBHS, Newark, Camden

Audience

Faculty, Students

Overview of Recommended Tools

Interacting with your Course Materials:

Our office provides both Kurzweil 3000 and Read&Write Gold as the recommended tool for interacting with the course content we offer you.

Comparison of Kurzweil and Read&Write

Based on Preferred Platform Platform Recommended Option Desktop Equal Mobile Read and Write Web Read and Write Based on Reading Type Reading Type Recommended Option Textbooks Kurzweil 3000 Websites…

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New Brunswick, Off Campus Locations, RBHS, Newark, Camden

Audience

Faculty, Students

Read&Write

Read&Write is a literacy software with text-to-speech and other note-taking functions to ease students' reading of text files and articles online. There are many features within this software that can help students write  their papers and read texts such as reading out loud, text prediction,  dictionaries, highlighters, and spelling, grammar, and confusable word checks. 

If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services and looking to utilize this as an accommodation please be sure to speak with your campus…

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New Brunswick, Off Campus Locations, RBHS, Newark, Camden

Audience

Faculty, Students

Resources for Apple Users

Mac OS- Laptop and desktop resources

If you are using an Apple laptop or iMac device the following items are useful for you to download and trial before classes start. Apple by default has many accessibility tools built into your device and requires no additional downloads. In some cases these tools are better then software available online. In those cases, where we felt it there was an equal or better solution we provided that information below along side the native IOS software.

 

Text-to-Speech (TTS) Reader

To…

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New Brunswick, Off Campus Locations, RBHS, Newark, Camden

Audience

Students

Screen Readers

Screen readers are used by individuals who are blind or have low vision, to read and navigate their computer. Below are some common types of screen reading software:

 

If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services and looking to utilize this as an accommodation please be sure to speak with your campus’ ODS Coordinator.

 

 

NonVisual Desktop

Audience

Faculty, Students

Sonocent Audio Notetaker

 

Sonocent is an online note-taking tool that combines your recorded audio, typed notes, and powerpoints into one place.

 

If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services and looking to utilize this as an accommodation please be sure to speak with your campus’ ODS Coordinator. Feature list Platforms:
  • Windows, Mac, IOS, Android

Recording:

  • Record directly through your microphone or phone
  • Import Audio…

Campus

New Brunswick, Off Campus Locations, RBHS, Newark, Camden

Audience

Faculty, Students

Text to Speech Readers (TTS)

There is a variety of Text to Speech tools that allow students who have a difficult time reading print text to listen to their textbooks, webpages, or pdf files with little to no training required. Many of these tools are now offered free and require no subscriptions to use. 

Below are some of our favorites:

Natural Reader

Features:

  • Text-to-…

Campus

New Brunswick, Off Campus Locations, RBHS, Newark, Camden

Audience

Faculty, Students