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Assistive Technology

Individuals who require assistive technology have access to rooms 121, 122, and 455. The rooms remain locked when not in use. Admission is available by requesting access at the Reference or Circulation desks.

The computers require a UMBC account or a library guest account. Guest accounts are also available at the Reference desk. Please notify staff at the Circulation or Reference Desks when you have finished.

The first floor has 1 computer table and 1 study table that are handicap accessible. Talk to Library staff for help locating or using these facilities.

Special Software and Equipment

In addition to the standard computer lab software, the AT workrooms have the following special assistive technology software and equipment:

All Locations

  • ZoomText 9 · This software offers both screen magnification and reading.
  • Kurzweil 3000 · Allows for scanning, manipulating and reading of scanned documents.
  • Freedom Scientific Jaws 15 · Another option for screen reading.
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking · Automatically converts speech to text. Use with the attached headset.
  • ScanSnap SV600 · Scans documents to the computer for editing and screen reading.
  • Large Print Keyboard

Only in Room 121

  • Humanware Desktop Electronic Magnifier · Magnifies physical documents.
  • Read&Write Gold · This software assists struggling readers and improves comprehension.
  • Desktop Printer

Only in Room 122

  • Optelec Clearview+ Speech · Document magnifier with text-to-speech functionality.
  • Desktop Printer

Other Equipment

  • WizCom ReadingPens (portable text-to-speech devices) are available for checkout at the circulation desk.
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