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 helpful attributes.
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 materials.
Housed on the main floor of the library is the Kurzweil 3000, a multi-lingual screen reader. Users can enhance their learning by highlighting important information and adding notes to any printed text as it is read aloud.
For more a more detailed description on any of the above information, please visit LIS Disability Resources and Services.
The Premier-to-Go software 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, linking the audio and notes and allowing students to replay what was said.
The first step to obtaining an audio book is doing some research to see if your book is available in an online library. Use theResource 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 presentations.
Mind Meister - An in-depth graphic organizer that allows you to organize your thoughts into a web.
Writing Support 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.