For students with disabilities, adaptive technology and equipment can foster greater independence in the learning environment. These technologies accommodate, replace, or augment sensory and motor functions of users with disabilities.
The following adaptive technology is available at the Blundon Centre:
- Kurzweil 1000: a scanning and reading tool that converts the printed word into speech. It is primarily used by individuals who are blind.
- Kurzweil 3000: a scanning and reading tool that converts the printed word into speech. It is primarily used by individuals with learning disabilities.
- JAWS for Windows: a computer screen-reader application with speech synthesizer software.
- Dragon Naturally Speaking: voice-dictation software which uses voice commands to turn speech into text. Primarily used by individuals with learning disabilities and motor disabilities to the hands and arms.
- ZoomText (International Version): a combination of screen magnifier with a screen reader (available in English, French, Italian, German and Spanish), designed specifically for the low-vision computer reader.
- Document scanners: used to scan print materials. Scanned text can be converted to speech with screen reader (JAWS, ZoomText, or Kurzweil 1000/3000 software) or large print (ZoomText software).
- Telecommunication Devices for persons who are Deaf (TTY) allows people who are deaf, hard of hearing, or those with speech impediments, to transmit or receive typewritten signals over telephone lines.
- Aladdin Rainbow Pro (CCTVs): an electronic visual aid used to magnify print materials such as books, maps, graphics,or handwriting, up to fifty times. It has a fourteen-inch monitor.
- Adaptive technology is also available at the Queen Elizabeth II Library.
Personal Computers are available at the Blundon Centre. They can be used for word processing with either WordPerfect or Microsoft Word software. They can also be used with adaptive software, such as JAWS, ZoomText, and Kurzweil 1000/3000 (e.g., to conduct research, write tests and exams, or complete course assignments).