Binghamton University has a variety of adaptive technology available for use by students with disabilities. Students interested in receiving training should contact the Adaptive Technology Specialist. The following overview provides an introduction to campus adaptive technologies.
The computers located in the ATR labs, the Science Library, Science 2 (rooms 134 & 135), and the West Pod (S3 room 613) support:
All students registered with SSD are eligible for Kurzweil 3000. If you are interested in receiving a username and password to use Kurzweil 3000/Firefly, contact the Adaptive Technology Specialist.
- Kurzweil is a web-based educational software that allows students to access their course books and documents from anywhere.
- Allows students to hear text read aloud to facilitate comprehension. Uploads and reads documents in PDF, MS Word, EPUB and other file formats.
- Mac and PC version available.
In addition to Kurzweil 3000, the computers located in the ATR labs support the following software:
- Reads aloud PDF documents.
- This software is free and available on every Binghamton University computer.
Dragon Naturally Speaking
- Dragon speech recognition software allows you to control the computer with your voice.
- Talk and your words appear on the screen.
- Screen-reading software designed for use by blind or visually impaired students.
- JAWS is compatible with external Braille hardware components such as Braille Note.
- Device that allows for magnification of reading materials.
- Includes color contrast feature for individuals who are light sensitive.
SSD has the following hardware devices available for loan by students per semester:
Phonak Portable Assistive Listening Units
- The Roger MyLink Receiver and Roger Inspiro FM Transmitter.
- A professor's voice can be amplified for a student with a hearing impairment through the use of a lapel microphone, transmitter, and receiver.
- The Echo smartpen is a digital note-taking tool that allows you to record and play back everything you write and hear.
Adaptive Technology Rooms (ATRs)
The ATRs are accessible for students registered in our office who are authorized to use them. SSD maintains Adaptive Technology Room computer labs in:
- Glenn G. Bartle Library - located on the first (room 1546), third (3523) and fourth floor (4642)
- Academic A Building - room G-06B
- University Downtown Center Library
CONTACT: Natalie Phelps
Free or Built-into Device Adaptive Technology
Windows: NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access)
Macintosh: Hear your Mac speak text
Mobile & Tablets
Windows: Windows Speech Recognition
Google Docs: Voice Typing
Microsoft OneNote (Windows, Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android, Chromebook, etc.)