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Adaptive Technology

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.

Adaptive/Assistive Software

The computers located in the ATR labs, the Science Library, Science 2 (rooms 134 & 135), and the West Pod (S3 room 613) support:

Kurzweil 3000/Firefly

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:

Adobe Reader

  • Reads aloud PDF documents.
  • This software is free and available on every Binghamton University computer.

Dragon Naturally Speaking


  • 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

SSD has the following hardware devices available for loan by students per semester:

Phonak Portable Assistive Listening Units

 Smart Pens

  • 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

PHONE: 607-777-2686


Free or Built-into Device Adaptive Technology

Operating System




Screen readers

Windows: NVDA (NonVisual Desktop Access)

Macintosh: VoiceOver 


Windows: Narrator

Macintosh: Hear your Mac speak text

Mobile & Tablets

Internet plug-ins

Speech-to-Text/Voice Recognition

Windows: Windows Speech Recognition

Macintosh: Dictation


Google Docs: Voice Typing

Screen Magnification

Windows: Magnifier

Macintosh: Zoom


Microsoft OneNote (Windows, Mac, iPhone/iPad, Android, Chromebook, etc.)

Last Updated: 12/7/17