LEARNING PARTNERS AND DISABILITY SERVICES ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY

Louisburg College Learning Partners Labs are equipped with software and equipment to enhance our students' learning environment. The following software and equipment are available to Learning Partners students:

READING RESOURCES

Kurzweil 3000, text-to-speech software, assists students with reading by projecting text onto a computer screen and reading the text aloud. Students are able to manipulate the text size and speed at which it is read, to highlight specific portions of the text and save those changes, and to utilize dictionary and thesaurus capabilities while reading. Students with dyslexia and other difficulties related to language-based learning disabilities are especially encouraged to utilize this software.

Reading Pen II is a handheld scanner that scans text, displays the entry on a small screen, and reads the entry aloud. The Reading Pen will read aloud a word, phrase, or sentence and pronounce the letters, syllables, or words of each entry. Additionally, it allows students to define scanned words with an on-board collegiate dictionary. This offers a portable means of increasing learning in students who face significant reading challenges, such as those with dyslexia. Students may check out a Reading Pen by signing a borrower agreement form.

WRITING RESOURCES

Dragon Naturally Speaking, speech-to-text software, allows the user to speak to the computer rather than manipulating the keyboard to achieve typed text. The writer may orally or manually edit the text. This program increases the writing efficiency of students with dyslexia, dysgraphia, and other symptomology of language-based learning disabilities. It also offers word processing capabilities to students with motor impairments.

AlphaSmart is a portable keyboard with an on-board computer that allows students to take notes in class or work on any writing task in a remote location and save up to seven document files. The on-board computer offers dictionary and thesaurus capabilities. The Alphasmart document files can be easily downloaded onto a standard computer and printed in one of the labs within Learning Services. AlphaSmart keyboards are available for student use. They are designed to especially facilitate writing for students facing dysgraphia and motor-visual integration difficulties. Students must sign a borrower agreement form to check out.

OTHER RESOURCES

Students who have a print disability are also encouraged to consider subscribing to individual memberships for either Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) audio book lending program or Bookshare University Partnership. Students may make an appointment with the Director for certification and training in using the RFB&D audio book service, as well as digital texts through Bookshare.

June 2011