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Services and Facilities: Assistive Technology & Software

Assistive Technology and Software

Mount Allison's Meighen Centre provides services for students with all types of disabilities. The Library provides some access to  assistive software through a laptop available at Access Services in the R.P. Bell Library.  We can also set up a desktop computer with additional software. Please see Laura Landon, Head of  Access Services.


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. 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. It is also available on all computers in the Library. Details:  In addition,  Kurzweil is installed on a laptop students can borrow at the Access Services desk. The laptop circulates overnight, and is due at noon the following day.


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. This software is available on a PC workstation equipped with a large flat-screen monitor, a Keys-U-See large print keyboard, and a scanner. Please see Laura Landon at Access Services to have this equipment set up.

Other Equipment

Digital Flatbed Scanner (attached to the PC workstation described above)
HP scanjet 5590. 

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 at the Access Services and Research Help Desks.


Other Services

Access Services staff can retrieve items from the stacks and leave them at the circulation desk for patrons. For help placing holds on books in order to have them retrieved, please talk with Access Services staff.