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Assistive Software

  • Click-N-Type Virtual Keyboard  
    Click-N-Type is an on-screen virtual keyboard designed for anyone with a disability that prevents them from typing on a physical computer keyboard.  As long as the person with a physical disability can control a mouse, trackball, touch screen or other po (© )
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking  
    Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a speech recognition program that allows you to navigate Windows, surf the web, enter text into a word processor, or compose e-mail by voice.  (© )
  • EasyReader  
    EasyReader is an accessible software e-book reader, allowing users to read and listen to content through a combination of text, speech and images.  EasyReader can be used by anyone who enjoys reading books with highlighted text and speech. (© )
  • EClipsReader  
    EClipse Reader is a program for reading Digital Talking Books on a computer. (© )
  • Inspiration  
    With Inspiration, students use graphic organizers to visually represent information and ideas. (© Inspiration Software)
  • Jaws  
    Jaws is for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content.  JAWS reads aloud what's on the PC screen and is compatible with many workplace and classroom applications. (© Freedom Scientific)
  • Kurzweil 1000  
    Kurzweil 1000â„¢ is software that makes printed or electronic text available to people who are blind or visually impaired. (© Kurzweil Educational Systems)
  • Kurzweil 3000  
    Kurzweil 3000â„¢ is the comprehensive reading, writing and learning software solution for individuals with learning disabilities, such as dyslexia or attention deficit disorder.  (© Kurzweil Educational Systems)
  • ZoomText  
    ZoomText enlarges and enhances everything on the computer screen, making all applications easy to see and use. (© AI Squared)

For students


Library resources for eletronic texts

  • Book Share  
    Accessible Books and Periodicals for Readers with Print Disabilities - (© )
  • Learning Ally  
    Accessible materials for individuals with visual and learning disabilities Learning Ally, formerly Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic (© )
  • LibriVox  
    LibriVox provides free audiobooks from the public domain. There are several options for listening. (© )
  • National Library Service for the Blind and Physically Handicapped  
    Through a national network of cooperating libraries, NLS administers a free library program of braille and audio materials circulated to eligible borrowers in the United States by postage-free mail. (© )
  • Project Gutenberg  
    Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device. (© )

Professional Organizations and resources.

  • AccessText Network  
    The AccessText Network facilitates and supports the national delivery of alternative electronic textbooks to higher education institutions for students with documented disabilities. (© )
  • Alternate Text Production Center  
    From existing print or electronic documents, the ATPC creates alternate media products for use by California Community College students with print-related disabilities. (© )
  • DAISY Consortium  
    The DAISY Consortium develops, maintains and promotes international DAISY (Digital Accessible Information System) Standards. DAISY digital format assists people who, for various reasons, have challenges using regular printed media. (© )
  • DECT, Distance Education Captioning and Transcription  
    The Distance Education Captioning and Transcription grant (DECT) provides CCCs with funding for live and asynchronous captioning and transcription as a means of enhancing the access of all students to distance education courses.  (© )
  • Described and Captioned Media Program DCMP  
    DCM's mission is to promote and provide equal access to communication and learning through described and captioned educational media. (© )
  • DIAGRAM Center  
    The DIAGRAM Center has been established to help find ways to make image descriptions more effective and less costly for print disabled students. (© )
  • EASI: Equal Access to Software and Information  
    EASI is an organization founded by Norman Coombs to promote accessible education for students with disabilities. (© )
  • High Tech Center Training Unit  
    The High Tech Center Training Unit of the California Community Colleges is a state of the art training and support facility for community college faculty and staff wishing to acquire or improve teaching skills. (© )
  • The Media Access Group at WGBH  
    Dedicated to providing access to present and future media for people with disabilities (© )
  • WebAIM: Web Accessibility In Mind  
    WebAIM's mission is to expand the potential of the web for people with disabilities by providing the knowledge, technical skills, tools, organizational leadership strategies, and vision that empower organizations to make their own content accessible. (© )

Resources for Faculty and Staff

  • Topics in STEM Accessibility  
    The Access2Science web site provides articles and links on accessibility of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) (© )


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