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Today's assistive technology is helpful to people of all abilities and disabilities. Look below for the software program or equipment that applies to you. Make an appointment with Disability Services staff to discuss how these might work for you.

 

Assistive Technology Software

JAWS
JAWS provides access to software applications such as Word, Excel, and the Internet; information from the computer screen is read aloud. Designed for individuals who are blind or vision impaired. Campus Location/s: EAB 117, Library, Upon request in any ITS Computer Lab (Call 4-HELP for installation).

 

ZoomText
This program p rovides advanced screen magnification and is designed for computer users who are vision impaired. Campus Location/s: EAB 117, Library, MBSC Student Lab, DSC 104, or upon request.

 

OpenBook
Open Book converts the printed page into electronic text to be read aloud through its voice synthesizer and shown on a customizable screen display. It gives individuals a powerful tool to read, edit, and manage printed text, as well as text that is imbedded in graphics. OpenBook is designed for individuals who are blind or vision impaired. Campus Location/s: EAB 117.

 

Dragon Naturally Speaking Preferred
This program turns speech into text; users can dictate into virtually any windows-based application. Dragon NSP is designed for those with learning or physical disabilities looking to verbalize, rather than type input to their computer. Campus Location/s: EAB 117.

 

MAGic
Provides screen magnification and is designed for computer users who are vision impaired. Campus Location/s: Upon request in any ITS Computer Lab (Call 4-HELP for installation)

Please note: If a software program is needed and it is not listed above, please contact Meribeth Jackson in the Disability Services Office.
Phone: (402) 554-2872
TTY: (402) 554-3799
E-mail: mjackson@unomaha.edu

Adaptive Equipment

  • Adjustable height computer workstations: Criss Library, Network for disAbled Students Office on the First Floor of Milo Bail Student Center, and All ITS Student User Labs
  • Scroll ball mouse: Disability Services and Criss Library
  • Large Print Keyboard: Disability Services, Criss Library, and Network for disAbled Students Office on the First Floor of Milo Bail Student Center
  • Pocket Talker for assistance with one-on-one or small group discussions.
  • Head mouse for hands-free typing and mousing

Please note: If equipment is needed that is not listed here, please contact Meribeth Jackson in the Disability Services Office.
Phone: (402) 554-2872
TTY: (402) 554-3799
E-mail: mjackson@unomaha.edu

What technology is available for my disability type?

Attention Deficit. You may want to try using ReadPlease to assist with textbook reading. It allows the user to see and hear the words simultaneously.

Blind. JAWS and OpenBook are critical tools for the student who is blind. JAWS provides access to the internet and many other computer applications like Word and Excel. Students use OpenBook to convert their reading assignments to e-text or audio CD by using the programs MP3 and WAV file conversion feature.

Learning Disability. The WYNN program is designed to assist students with learning disabilities with reading and writing. It uses color, voice, and formatting techniques to improve reading comprehension and built-in dictionary and word prediction features to assist with writing.

Low Vision. Try out both ZoomText and MAGic for your screen magnification needs. If enlarging the computer screen is not effective, use the screen reader JAWS. OpenBook may also prove helpful with enlarging the printed page or converting it to e-text or audio format.