The following adaptive/assistive technologies are available in the Library for use by patrons with disabilities:
Atkins 101-C contains two computer workstations and two CCTV OPTELEC stations (captures print onto screen to enlarge and enhance it for visually impaired readers) on adjustable-height tables. Large-print keyboards and headsets with microphones are provided. Users should visit the Information Desk or call 704 687-0494 to reserve the room.
Room 101-C is available to all patrons, however UNC Charlotte students registered with the Office of Disability Services will be given priority over other users. To register with the Office of Disability Services, go to 230 Fretwell or call 704-687-4355.
In Room 101-C:
Dragon Naturally Speaking
turns speech into text and allows the user to use voice commands to execute Windows functions.
Jaws for Windows
screen reading software primarily for blind and vision impaired users. JAWS is on all Novell computers in the Library.
screen magnification software
magnification and reading software that enlarges and enhances everything on the computer screen
Kurzweil workstation and scanner (Just outside of Room 101-C):
This software scans written text and reads it aloud, and can save the scanned file for access later.
scanning and reading solution for the blind or visually impaired
scanning, reading and writing solution for people with learning disabilities or reading difficulties
Other resources for Library patrons with disabilities:
CCTV : OPTELEC (captures print onto screen to enlarge and enhance it for visually impaired readers) is available on the second floor as well as in Room 101-C
Two wheelchair-friendly Novell workstations located on the first floor to the left of the Information Desk include adjustable- height tables, large-print keyboards, headphones with microphones, and all the software that is available in Room 101-C.
iMac computers in the Digital Media Studio (Room 140-C) and on second and third floors.
Universal Access is a standard feature on all Macintosh computers, which allows users to easily adjust screen magnification and use VoiceOver, a screen-access technology for the blind and visually impaired. Hearing-impaired users may easily raise the volume level or have the screen flash when an alert sound occurs. For those who find it difficult to use a mouse, the Mouse Keys, Slow Keys, and Sticky Keys functions can adapt the computer to the user’s needs and capabilities.
The Digital Media studio provides users with native Mac and professional software for video editing, music creation, web authoring, desktop publishing and image manipulation.
Digital Sound Studio (Room 141) houses a wheelchair-friendly multimedia workstation where users adjustable-height table, large-screen iMac compututer with built-in speakers and built-in Universal Access features (see above). Users have access to the same applications available in the Digital Media Studio (see above).