The Alkek Library Computer Lab is equipped with the following adaptive software/equipment:
- BookWise software - Uses the Kurzweil scanner to convert printed materials to synthesized speech. Text appears on a computer monitor, which highlights the words as they are read.
- Clearview - Allows enlarged viewing of printed materials with a separate screen for computer program applications.
- Dragon NaturallySpeaking - Eliminates keyboard use by allowing user to enter text and control programs by voice. In order to use this system you must set up a voice file which may require several hours of training. Success of the voice recognition program varies among users.
- JAWS - Interactive computer program designed to make Windows and Windows-based applications accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired. The program provides screen magnification and speech synthesis for screen description, commands, creating, editing, and reading electronic documents.
- Kurzweil Reading Edge - Scans printed materials and converts the text to synthesized speech. Features include volume and speed adjustments, headphones and tape recording jack.
- myReader - Scans text and displays it on a monitor in the size and format the reader specifies. A control panel can adjust the size and speed of the text as it moves across the monitor. It also has a live mode which allows readers to magnify print without scanning the material.
Please make an appointment with the computer lab personnel (512-245-2106) so they can familiarize you with the equipment.
For more information, contact Phyllis Rowell at 512-245-2106 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Other helpful links
Disability services in the Library
Office of Disability Services -- provides information on services available at Texas State University-San Marcos and at the Round Rock Higher Education Center