Accessible Technology

Read & Write GOLD

Read & Write GOLD by TextHelp Systems supports people who struggle with reading and writing, learning English, or who have learning disabilities such as dyslexia.  This software offers flexible literacy solutions to help with reading, writing, studying, and research.  This software is available to the public, and does not require approval for disability services.  Shoreline Community College owns an unlimited site license, allowing this software to be available for all Mac and PC computers on and off campus. 

 

 

MAGic and JAWS

MAGic and JAWS software by Freedom Scientific are available from any networked PC at Shoreline Community College.  This software is available to the public, and does not require approval for disability services.  They are intended to assist individuals with visual impairments.  MAGic magnifies the screen, provides contrast and color options, and reads selections out loud.  JAWS provides complete navigation of a computer using a keyboard with audio feedback.
Please call Special Services for assistance with installation of this software at 206-546-4545.

 

Dragon

Dragon Naturally Speaking, and Dragon Dictate for Mac, are programs by Nuance that facilitate speech to text.  The user of this product speaks into a microphone to allow hands-free navigation of computer systems, writing documents, and interaction with other applications.  There is only one computer equipped with Dragon for public use, located in the lower Library computer lab.  Dragon works best with minimal background noise.  Students must be approved for disability accommodations in order to use the other Special Services computers equipped with Dragon in a quiet room.

 

FM Systems

Special Services can check out Pocketalker, Phonic Ear, and Motiva Personal FM systems.  These devices allow a person with a hearing impairment to listen to speech through headphones with adjustable volume, while reducing echo and background noise.  The microphone can be worn by the speaker, or placed on the table of a conference room.  Students must be approved for disability services to use this equipment.

 

Magnification Screens

Special Services can supply magnification screens to students in class, or in a testing room, with approval of disability accommodations.  Students and the public have access to the pair of CCTV stations in the 2nd floor of the library, near the copy machine area.

 

Z Phone

The Z phone is available in 2 places for the public: the Library, 2nd floor, behind the reference desk; and in the Center for Equity, Engagement, and Service in room 9302 of the PUB. This videophone allows Deaf callers to contact cell phones, landlines, and other videophones.

 

Other Technology and Equipment

This list does includes some, but not all, of the accessible/adaptive technology available to students.  For all other inquiries about accessible technology, please contact Special Services at 206-546-4545.