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Disability Resource Service Study Areas
The Blue Room
The Blue Room (037A) is located in the basement of the Erskine building. There is a computer loaded with JAWS screen reader, MAGic text enlarger, OpenBook, Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition and Read & Write TextHelp software.
The Green Room
The Green Room (034A) is located in the basement of the Erskine building. There is a computer loaded with JAWS screen reader, MAGic text enlarger, OpenBook, Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition, Read & Write TextHelp and ZoomText software. A Mac computer is also available.
The College of Education Library
Located in Room 121 there is a computer with large screen, height adjustable desk and scanner. The computer has JAWS screen reader, MAGic text enlarger, OpenBook, Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition, Read & Write TextHelp software and Microtek scanner.
The rooms listed above are available to all students registered with the DRS on a ‘room-booking, first-served’ basis.
Rooms can be booked online at www.library.canterbury.ac.nz/webapps/mrbs/day.php?page=3.
The Alcove is located on Level 2 of the Puaka-James Hight building adjacent to DRS and students with disabilities have priority use at all times. There are two computers and a SmartView CCTV magnifier in the Alcove. The assistive technology on these computers include JAWS screen reader, MAGic text enlarger, OpenBook, Read & Write TextHelp, MathType and Inspiration software.
Links to some free online resources
- Microsoft Word text to speech button (PDF) gives instant reading access.
- Natural Reader is a Text to Speech software with natural sounding voices.
- WordTalk is a free text-to-speech plugin for Microsoft Word. It reads and highlights the text at the same time.
- NVDA (Non Visual Desktop Access) is a free screen reader.
- Balbolka is a free text to speech application. It reads and converts text to audio format. It can be used from off a USB stick.
- Read & Write basic features (after trial period) continue to let you read and write with confidence. Available for Windows, Mac, Google and Tablets
Grammar and Spell-Check Software
- Ginger helps you correct your grammar and check your spelling while typing.
- Grammarly reduces time-consuming revision by providing instant proofreading and editing support. Apps & extensions are available.
- LetMeType predicts and completes words as you type the first two-three letters of the word. It gets better with usage.
Screen Area Magnifiers
- Dragnifier is a magnifying lens that comes up on the screen with one click on the keyboard.
- Lens is a handy tool for magnifying parts of the screen.
Mind Mapping Software
These are basic concept mapping applications that can help you to capture your initial ideas and thoughts which can later be reorganised to communicate information or produce a quality piece of writing.
Multiple Tool Suites
- MyStudyBar is a free, compact and convenient package of a combination of assistive technology tools that can even be used from a USB stick on any computer that has a Windows operating system.
- G Suite for Higher Education is a free, cloud-based collection of apps including Google Drive, Gmail, GDocs, GSheets, GSlides etc. They can be accessed from anywhere, on any device, for real-time sharing and collaboration of information.
- AMIS Reader is an open source DAISY book player. DAISY books are synchronised text/audio multimedia books.
- JSC Learning Technologies has useful information on science learning technologies for the sight impaired interested in pursuing careers in science.
The software applications mentioned above are free of cost and offer no warranty. Disability Resource Service provides this list as only a guide to open source software and does not accept liability for any loss or damage arising from the use of this information.