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Assistive Technology

The following assistive computer technology is available for use by at Texas State faculty, staff and enrolled students with disabilities. The ODS recommends persons with disabilities who are interested in using the adaptive technology contact the lab to confirm availability, hours of lab operation, and any training needs.

Alkek Library Microcomputer Lab
Location: 4th floor Alkek Library
Hours of operation: Microcomputer lab
Adaptive Technology: Windows XP, Computer with Zoomtext 7, Omni 1000

Clicks Cybercafe
Location: 1st Floor LBJ Student Center (1-4.8)
Hours of operation: Monday - Thursday, 9:00am - 9:00pm, Friday 10:00am - 3:00pm, Saturday & Sunday Closed
Adaptive Technology: JAWS, Zoomtext

Assistive Technology Lab
Location: 2nd floor Academic Services Building South
Hours of operation: ASB lab
Adaptive Technology:

• Zoom Text - Enlarges, enhances and reads aloud everything on the screen making computers accessible and friendly to low-vision users.
• JAWS - Works with your PC to provide access to today’s software applications and the Internet. With its internal software speech synthesizer and the computer’s sound card, information from the screen is read aloud, providing technology to access a wide variety of information, education and job related applications. JAWS also outputs to refreshable Braille displays.
• Dragon Naturally Speaking – Allows you to speak, and your words appear on screen in letters, spreadsheets, and forms. You can dictate reports and papers; enter data; fill-in forms; send e-mail; and work on the Web-all by voice!
• OpenBook - Allows you to convert printed documents or graphic based text into an electronic text format using accurate optical character recognition and quality speech.
• Connect Outloud - Designed for the beginning to experienced blind or low vision computer user to access the Internet through speech and Braille output.
• Duxbury – Allows you to import MS Word files and turn them into Braille at the touch of a button. You can also create Braille from virtually any word processor, scan in information, use information from the World Wide Web, or create documents with a built-in word processor.
• Inspiration - Integrated diagramming and outlining views work together to help students comprehend concepts and information. Students can quickly prioritize and rearrange ideas, helping them create clear, concise essays, reports and more. This program is very helpful to students with Attention Deficit Disorders and learning disabilities. Allows you to import MS Word files and turn them into Braille at the touch of a button. You can also create Braille from virtually any word processor, scan in information.

• 1 - 20" Flat Screen monitor
• 1 - 17" CRT
• Big keys Keyboard
• Kensington track ball mouse
• 2 - Braille printers
• 1 - HP ScanJet 5400 scanner with Automatic document feeder
• Adjustable keyboard tray
• Microphone
• Speakers
• 2 personal computers

Student Learning Assistance Center
Location: 4th floor Alkek Library
Hours of operation: Monday to Wednesday 9:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.; Thursday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; Friday 9:00 a.m. to noon; Sunday 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Adaptive Technology: Jaws, Magic screen enlarger
*the computer with adaptive technology is for instructional purposes only

Writing Center
Location: ASBN, 1st floor
Hours of operation: Monday to Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.; Friday 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Sunday 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.
Adaptive Technology: Windows NT, Computer with Zoomtext Extra Level II, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Textbridge Scanner, Keyboard with large keys