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Assistive Technology at Texas State

Dragon Naturally Speaking

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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!

Duxbury Systems

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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.



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.

Read & Write Gold

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Read&Write Gold is a text-to-speech software that helps all individuals succeed regardless of ability or learning style. Users of all ages access the reading, writing, studying, and research tools they need at Texas State or at home. The toolbar seamlessly integrates with commonly-used applications including Microsoft Word, Google Docs, Mozilla Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome, and Adobe Reader to make digital content accessible.


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myReader scans text and displays it on a monitor in the size and format the reader specifies. A control panel can adjust the size and speed of the text as it moves across the monitor. It also has a live mode which allows readers to magnify print without scanning the material.


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OpenBook allows you to convert printed documents or graphic based text into an electronic text format using accurate optical character recognition and quality speech.


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ZoomText enlarges, enhances and reads aloud everything on the screen making computers accessible and friendly to low-vision users.

Magnifier CCTV/Freedom Scientific Topaz Model

Topaz Model of CCTV

Magnifier CCTV/Freedom Scientific Topaz Model makes seeing printed type, pictures, handwriting and small details easier than ever before. Just place a letter or picture on the moveable reading table and adjust the magnification level and the displace colors to work best for your eyesight. TOPAZ has been designed with special attention to the vision needs of those with macular degeneration, glaucoma, retinitis pigmentosa, cataracts and other causes of low vision.

Tactile Graphic Maker

Zy-Fuse Heater

Tactile Graphic Maker Zy-Fuse Heater is an innovative piece of technology which is used in conjunction with Zy-Tex paper to produce tactile diagrams. The printed diagram is passed through the Zy-Fuse which causes the black ink to swell and form the end product of a diagram which can be examined using the hands.

Juliet Pro Embosser

Juliet Pro Embosser is an impact printer that renders text as tactile braille cells. The Juliet Pro not only produces high-quality Braille, it is unique because it can produce such a wide Braille line. It is a durable, desktop embosser manufactured with high quality materials. It produces high-quality double-sided Braille up to 56 characters per line, at up to 55 characters per second.

Audio Recording Devices

Audio Recording Devices Olympus handheld recorders allow students the capability to record lectures and discussions. The recorders grant students the access to re-listen to class lecture at a later time.

Additional Adaptive Equipment on Campus

  • Desktop Workstation
  • High-Speed Scanner
  • Laser Printer
  • Scanners