LNSK 325 - Assistive Technology Applications
An introduction to assistive technology applications for students with disabilities and includes instruction in voice recognition, screen reading, screen magnification, text-to-speech software, and ergonomic applications. Emphasis in the class is on using assistive technology to complete college coursework, prepare for employment, and/or promote independence. Currently this semester length class is divided between an introduction to Kurzweil 3000 (a screen reader) and Dragon Naturally Speaking (voice recognition).
Kurzweil 3000 is a computer-based reading system for sighted users that converts printed material into speech. Users can hear printed words spoken aloud as they read them on the computer screen. In addition to reading documents, users can use dictionary and phonetic spelling tools to enhance their reading. Scanned pages appear on the screen as they appear in the original material. As the Kurzweil 3000 reads, it highlights each
word and its context.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking (DNS) is a speaker dependent, continuous speech recognition
system for the Windows operating system. DNS is suitable for persons with
repetitive strain injury or moderate to severe physical disabilities that limit the use of the
Software descriptions from the High Tech Training Center Unit (HTCTU)