Assistive Technology and Audio Books
The Waidner-Spahr Library provides a variety of assistive
technology resources available to all Dickinson students. Adobe Acrobat Reader 9
and Microsoft Windows 7 Ease of Access Center are installed on all computers in
the library. Both contain a read-out-loud feature, as well as several other
Ghost Reader, a screen reading software, is
available on two Mac computers located in the Alden room on the lower level of
the library, near the back wall. Ghost Reader will read aloud PDFs, text files,
and Microsoft Word documents to its user.
A Clearview+ Magnifying System
is located on the upper level of the library, and allows users to zoom in on
small print For more a more detailed description on any of the above
information, please visit LIS
Disability Resources and Services.
Dickinson has recently purchased a site licence for Read&Write
Gold, which includes a number of support tools for students including
a screen reader, vocabulary builder, study skills features, and advance spell
check featrues. Users can enhance their learning by highlighting and
extracting important information and adding notes to any printed text as it is
read aloud. The Read&Write Gold website offers video tutorials
of each of the software's features.
To download Read&Write
Gold to your computer, go to Gateway. Glick on the "Student Resources"
tab. Then, on the right side, under "Services for Students" look
for "Read&Write Gold" downloads for both Mac and PC computers.
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Premier-to-Go software is contained on a
flash-drive and is available for checkout in the Office of Disability Services.
Premier-to-Go can be used on any computer, and includes text-to-speech,
text-to-audio, translators, and much more. Visit the Premier-to-Go
website for more information.
The Office of Disability Services has some
LiveScribe smartpens available for checkout. Smartpens
record audio while the user writes notes. After class, students can tap on
anything that was written with the pen, and play back the audio that was
recorded at that time (or skep to whatever section of the recording is needed).
Support for Students with Reading-based
Students with dyslexia may find their reading
comprehension at times compromised by mis-reading words and thus misinterpreting
the meaning of what was read. There are several ways in which this can be
1. Convert digital text into a font designed just for
individuals with dyslexia such as "OpenDyslexic."
(All computers on the lower level of the library are equipped with Adobe
Acrobat, which enables students to convert pdf documents into Word
2. Change the spacing of the type font.
NOTE: If you find it easier to read text
that is spaced apart like this, you can convert any document to this spacing by
Mac:Go to the format tab and select
“font” then “character spacing.” After “Spacing” select “Expanded” and after
“By” enter 2.5 (to look like this) or another # you prefer.
For a PC: Select the text above, and then
press Contrl+D to get the Font dialog box. Click on the Advanced tab, and after
“Spacing” select “Expanded”. After “By” enter 2.5 (to look like this) or another
# you prefer.
The first step to
obtaining an audio book is doing some research to see if your book is available
in an online library. Use the Resource
Guide to help you find books electronically.
If you cannot find the
book you are looking for, complete and submit the Request
for Books in Audio Format form and submit it to Disability Services.
Please start this process as early as possible, as it may take a while to
find your books.
For iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad users:
downloads for your Apple device
Blio app features: text-to-speech, highlighting, multiple
reading views, books in full color, plus much more.
Inkling app features:
download books, tap for terms, highlight, margin notes, and more.
Writing and Presentation Downloads
Popplet - A simple and brightly
colored graphic organizer tool - perfect for individual and group
Mind Meister - An in-depth graphic organizer that allows you
to organize your thoughts into a web.
Templates - in Microsoft Office
Microsoft Office provides free
templates for various document types. While in Microsoft Office, go to File
-> New Document. At the top of the window that opens, you will see "Search
Microsoft Office Online for a Template". Type in the name or key word of a
template you would like to use, or select one of the pre-made templates on the
left hand side.