The SAS has computers equipped with technology to allow students to work independently.

Kurzweil 1000


 

Kurzweil 1000 is an assistive text-to-speech technology for those who are visually impaired. This software can read aloud pages from the internet, scanned tests or books, forms and so on. It can also help create and edit documents.

All Kurzweil programs have study skill components, which allow students to highlight words then create a new document from those words alone. Files can be saved as MP3s, so people can take them anywhere.

The SAS computer lab is equipped with this software and can help students apply for grants to purchase a computer with Kurzweil 1000 installed. SAS also provides instruction for students who require this software as an assistive technology.

Kurzweil 3000

Kurzweil 3000 is an assistive technology for students with learning differences.

This text-to-speech program reads scanned documents, internet pages, forms and tests to the listener. It can also help create and edit documents. All Kurzweil programs have study skill components, which allow students to highlight words then create a new document from those words alone. Files can be saved as MP3s, so people can take them anywhere.

The SAS computer lab is equipped with this software and can help students apply for grants to purchase a computer with Kurzweil 3000 installed. SAS also provides instruction for students who require this software as an assistive technology.

The SAS can also lend trial versions of the software in French or English.

Jaws

Jaws is assistive technology for people who are blind.

Jaws stands for "Job Access for Windows and Speech." This screen reader program allows those who are blind to gain access to information on their computers. Jaws can read the screen aloud as the user interacts with it using the keyboard (arrow keys).

The SAS computer lab is equipped with this software and can help students apply for grants to purchase a computer with Jaws installed. SAS also provides instruction for students who require this software as an assistive technology.

Zoom Text Magnifier

Zoom Text is a screen magnifier technology for those who are visually impaired. This software allows the user to zoom into certain areas of their screen, scroll around, and can read what is on the screen.

Zoom Text is installed on the SAS computers.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking is a dictation program which allows students to navigate their screen and type using their voice. Dragon Naturally Speaking can interact with other programs on the screen to allow you to open, close, or save files without clicking anything. It also allows you to dictate a writing assignment complete with grammar and puncutation. Dragon Naturally Speaking can be trained to your voice so it understands accents and dialects.

The SAS has two computers with Dragon Naturally Speaking installed on them, including one in a private room. To start, you will need about 30 minutes to learn how to use the software and to make a personalized profile which is specific to your voice. The SAS can teach you to use it and help you apply for funding.

Click here to see a video produced by Dragon

Inspiration 9E

Inspiration is a mind mapping program and a great organizational tool.


 

This software allows students to make mind maps to organize ideas, topics, and subtopics. It can automatically transform the spider web format of the mind map into a word outline or power point presentation. It is available on SAS computers.

Click here to see a video about Inspiration 9E

 

 

 


 

Last modified: Monday, 4 April 2016, 9:52 AM