Adaptive Technology

Binghamton University has a variety of adaptive and assistive technology available for use by students with disabilities. We’re excited about our current technology and are always researching new innovations. Please speak with a staff member in Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) regarding your individual information access needs and the resources available on campus. The following overview provides an introduction to campus adaptive and assistive technologies.

Bartle Library Adaptive Technology Room

SSD and the Glenn G. Bartle Library maintain computer labs in the Adaptive Technology Rooms (ATRs), which are located on the first, third and fourth floor of the main library. In addition, there is an ATR in Academic A Building Room G-06B and at the University Downtown Center. Students interested in accessing the ATRs must meet with the SSD Adaptive Technology Specialist to obtain authorization to use them.

CONTACT: Nazely Kurkjian
PHONE: 607-777-2686
EMAIL: kurkjian@binghamton.edu

Assistive software

The computers located in the labs support the following assistive software programs:

Kurzweil Professional 3000

  • Allows students to hear text read aloud to facilitate comprehension.
  • Students are able to choose from a variety of voices to hear the text read, as well as convert the audio to an MP3 format.
  • Reads documents in PDF, MS Word, and KESI formats.

Adobe Reader

  • Reads aloud documents that are in PDF format.
  • Students may choose from a variety of voices to hear the text read.
  • This software is available on every Binghamton University computer.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

  • This speech-to-text software types text as an individual is speaking.

ZoomText

  • Software that pairs a screen magnifier with a screen reader to assist students with low vision.

Jaws

  • Screen-reading software designed for use by blind or visually impaired students.
  • Jaws is compatible with external Braille hardware components such as Braille Note.

CCTV magnifier

  • Device that allows for magnification of reading materials.
  • Includes color contrast feature for individuals who are light sensitive.

Assistive Devices

The Services for Students with Disabilities office has assistive device(s) available for students to borrow including:

Phonic Ear Portable Assistive Listening Device

  • A professor's voice can be amplified for a student with a hearing impairment through the use of a lapel microphone, transmitter, and receiver.

 Smart Pens

  • A limited number of Smart Pens are available for short-term loan by students wishing to try them before deciding whether to purchase one from an outside retailer.

 

Last Updated: 8/21/14