Adaptive Technology at Lansing Community College
The Office of Disability Support Services (ODSS) at Lansing Community College is continuously expanding and updating the array of adaptive technology that is available to students. Following is a brief description of the hardware and software that is currently available. For further information in the use of these items, contact ODSS at (517) 483-1924 (Voice).
- Kurzweil Reading Systems
- JAWS for Windows
- Aladdin Electronic Magnifier
- Braille Production
The Kurzweil Reading System is a software program that allows the user to read hard-copy printed text using a standard PC and scanner. The printed information is read aloud via synthesized computer speech and is also displayed onscreen. The user may, for example, edit and store files on the computer, color code/highlight various sections of text, and obtain pronunciation, spelling and definitions from the built-in dictionary. Lansing Community College currently offers both the Kurzweil 1000 (for blind/visually impaired users) and the Kurzweil 3000 (for persons with learning disabilities). These are both available for student use at the Library in TLC 225 media room and TLC 226 media room.
JAWS (job access with speech), is a software program that allows a blind/visually impaired user to access the computer. JAWS reads the onscreen text aloud in a synthetic speech voice. JAWS also allows the user to perform many of the functions of the mouse, such as pointing and clicking, using keyboard commands. JAWS is available for student use in the TLC Library room 218, TLC 225, TLC 226, TLC 227 TLC 228, TLC 229, the main computer lab (TLC 100), and Assessment Center. At West CampusJAWS is available in the computer lab. JAWS may also be installed at other on-campus sites upon request.
Zoomtext is a software application for visually impaired users that enlarges the information displayed on the computer screen. The user can also adjust features such as color/contrast or choose to have text read aloud via synthetic speech. Zoomtext is available for student use in the Library TLC 225and TLC 226. Zoomtext may also be installed at other on-campus locations upon request).
Aladdin is a stand-alone closed circuit television magnification system for persons with visual impairments. The user can enlarge images/text, adjust color/contrast, and mark various sections of text for easy reference. The Aladdin is available for student use in the Library (223 TLC) and in the Assessment Center (200 GB).
ViaVoice is a speech recognition software primarily intended for persons who can not physically access a standard keyboard/mouse. The software allows the user to perform many operation, such as opening/closing files, and word processing, through verbal input. ViaVoice is available for student use in the LCC Library (223 TLC) and in the Assessment Center (200 GB).
Using Braille translation software and a Braille embosser, a standard word processing document can be created in Braille via the computer. LCC offers the Duxbury Braille translator along with a compatible Braille embosser for student use. Students may, for example, obtain Braille copies of class notes and other small documents using this hardware/software. These are available in the LCC Library TLC 225.
LCC also has the capability of producing larger brailled documents and tactile graphics. Contact the Office of Disability Support Services for further information on this service.
Disability Support Services
Gannon Building - StarZone
Phone: (517) 483-1924
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