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Services and Facilities: Assistive Technology & Software

Assistive Technology and Software

Assistive technology and software may be accessed in room M-13 (main floor) and through a laptop available at Access Services in the R.P. Bell Library


The software listed below is available on a PC workstation equipped with a large flat-screen monitor, a Keys-U-See large print keyboard, and a scanner. 

To use the workstation and software, simply ask for the user name and password at the Access Services desk. 

Kurzweil 3000
Kurzweil software scans PDFs, speaks text aloud in a variety of voices, and helps you write and edit documents. Includes features for note taking, summarizing content, and outlining text. Kurzweil is installed on the desktop computer in room M13 and on a laptop students can borrow at the Access Services desk. The laptop circulates overnight, and is due at noon the following day.

In addition, the Meighen Centre secured a campus-wide licence to Kurzweil so students, staff and faculty can download a copy to their own computers free of charge. Details:   NOTE:  To log into Kurzweil in room M13, students will need to register for an account on the Kurzweil 3000 page on Moodle.

          To register for a Kurzweil account through Moodle:
          1) Click on the "Miscellaneous" category on the Moodle homepage.
          2) Scroll down and click on "Meighen Centre" and log into Moodle with your Mount A user name and password.
          3) Scroll down to the topic "Kurzweil 3000 Registration" and click on the page "Instructions for Kurzweil 3000 Registration."
          4) Follow the instructions to complete your registration.

Dragon Naturally Speaking 12.5
Speech recognition software – turns your voice into text.  A headset with microphone is available at Access Services.  The user’s manual is available in the M13 desk drawer. 

ZoomText 9.1
ZoomText offers screen magnification and an audio screen reader.  ZoomText can be used to enlarge and listen to the contents of Web pages.  The user’s manual is available in the M13 desk drawer.

Other Equipment

Digital Flatbed Scanner (attached to the PC workstation described above)
HP scanjet 5590.  The user’s manual is available in the M13 desk drawer.   

ClearView +
ClearView+ is an auto-focus desktop video magnification system which can magnify text and objects with adjustable brightness and contrast controls.  A copy of the ClearView+ User Manual is available in the M13 desk drawer and at the Access Services and Research Help Desks.