Assistive Technology

DCC strives to assist in the enhancement of student outcomes through provision of information, training, and technical support in the area of Assistive Technology.

There is an accessible computer workstation in the Learning Assistance Center (LAC) section of the library.  Students with disabilities are welcomed to use the computer workstation, which provides a number of special assistive technology programs to assist students.  Please contact the Accessibility Services Office for more information.

Clarity Deskmate

Designed for students who want to see objects at a distance as well as at their desktop.  Switch between near, intermediate and distant viewing.  It will magnify from 2X to 50X, and has a remote control, similar to a TV remote, for making adjustments while simultaneously viewing.  Reading and writing are easy in the near-view mode, while lectures and classroom activities, such as written matter on a chalkboard, can be viewed in the distance mode.

Copy Stands

Copy stands are available for use by students mobility disabilities.  Copy stands allow students to prop up their course materials for better viewing.  They are specially designed for use with planners, large textbooks, reference manual or binder formats.  Two adjustable clips hold pages securely in place.  Nine height adjustments accommodate virtually any book size and viewing angle.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 12 ignites new levels of fun and freedom by introducing students to speech recognition software for the PC.  Dragon recognizes what you say and how you say it so you can interact with your computer by talking.  Say words and watch them appear on your computer screen – three times faster than typing – with no spelling mistakes.  Use your favorite applications to create documents, search the web, or network. 


JAWS FOR Windows is a powerful accessibility solution that reads information on your screen using synthesized speech.  JAWS provides many useful commands that make it easier to use programs, edit documents, and read Web pages.  With a refreshable braille display, JAWS can also provide braille output in addition to, or instead of, speech.  An array of versatile features and customizable options lets you tailor JAWS for your individual needs and preferences.

Kurzweil 3000 Version 13

Kurzweil 3000 for Windows provides the most comprehensive suite of supports for struggling students, including reading, writing, study skills, and test taking.  Key features:  Text-to-speech in several languages, Reads any digital text aloud, including the Internet, Multiple reference sources, including bi-lingual, Translation to any Google supported language, Highlighters and sticky notes, Vocabulary study guides, Graphic organizer, Writing templates, Word prediction and Talking spell checker.

ZoomText v10 Magnifier/Reader

Combining the revolutionary new features of ZoomText Magnifier with a powerful set of reading tools, ZoomText Magnifier/Reader gives the student the total computer access solution.  See and hear what you’re doing in all of your applications, and give your eyes a rest while ZoomText reads your documents, web pages and email – right through your computer’s speakers.

WIZCOM ReadingPen TS

Displays up to 5 lines of text on a high resolution touch-screen; large display of scanned line; Reads words, lines or paragraphs aloud; Spells-out the scanned word, letter by letter; Provides direct look-up of idioms/phrases; Provides audio word pronunciation (American pronunciation) built-in speaker or earphones; Recognition of a wide range of standard printed font types and inverted text on contrasting backgrounds (except red on white and blue).

Tape Recorders

The Accessibility Services Office has a limited number of tape recorders that may be checked out for a limited time.  Students are responsible for providing their own tapes and, if needed, batteries.  Students must check the tape recorder out from the Accessibility Services Office.