Access Technology - SUNY Cortland

Access Technology

Access Technology for Individuals with Disabilities

SUNY Cortland is proud to offer a variety of technological aids for students with diverse needs. The aids on this page may be available for your use.

Access Technology Lab, B-204 Memorial Library

Our lab is reserved exclusively for students with disabilities, who may have access to it whenever Memorial Library is open. It includes five PCs and one iMac, which are equipped with two scanners and the software listed below.

Public Computer Labs

In addition to the Access Technology Lab, all students have access to the public labs around campus. Read&Write and ZoomText are installed on select work stations in public labs and can be installed on others upon request.

Read&Write

The College has a site license that allows all SUNY Cortland students to install Read&Write and on their own computers. Installation packages and instructions are available for Mac and Windows.

Access Technology Loaner Program

We have a limited number of LiveScribe pens, laptops, mp3 players, VictorReader Stream players, and Quick-Link Pens available for loan to students who, among other qualifications, may be eligible for alternate format textbooks. Please see Ute Gomez, Coordinator of Disability Services to find out if you are eligible for this program.

Software

Other Assistive Aides


Dragon NaturallySpeaking
Location: Installed on one computers in the Access Technology Lab and one Access Technology Loaner Program laptop
Description:

This voice recognition software will allow you to “type” by speaking into a microphone. This is especially useful for those who have difficulty typing or who learn and communicate best through speech.


Read&Write
Location: Located in the Access Technology Lab (Library). Also available for students to install on their own Mac or Windows PCs. Contact Jeremy Zhe-Heimerman or the Circulation Desk in the Library for operating instructions and/or assistance.
Description:

Read&Write is a suite of reading, writing, and study tools that appear on a toolbar. It can be customized to allow users to focus on the handful of features they find most helpful. These features includes the following apps:

  • A text-to-speech app that highlights text while reading it aloud;
  • A scan and read app that allows the user to create searchable PDFs and other documents that can be read aloud;
  • PDF Aloud, an app that opens PDFs and reads them aloud;
  • Screenshot Reader, an app that allows the user to take a screenshot of part or all of the screen and then have it read aloud. This will be handy for students who want to have online homework read aloud and have been stymied by inaccessible Flash-based text.
  • A DAISY reader that allows students to read Bookshare and other DAISY files;
  • Speechmaker, an app that creates mp3 files out of text.
  • Study tools that can be useful for those doing reading and research with electronic documents, including several colors of highlighters and an app that inserts voice notes;
  • Writing tools, including a word predictor and an app that helps the writer sort through homophones and other confusable words;
  • An app that allows the user to graphically  organize ideas;
  • And more…

Zoom Text
Location:
Located in a number of computer labs including the Access Technology Lab in the Library.
Description:
Zoom text is a screen magnification software program that magnifies print from two to sixteen times in full screen and partial screen zoom windows
Purpose
Useful for individuals with visual impairments requiring screen magnification

Alarm System - Assistive Aids for Alarm Systems
Location: Coordinated through the Office of Student Disability Services in conjunction with Physical Plant.
Description: Flashing light is attached to alarm system to aid individuals who are deaf or hearing impaired.

Alertmaster Notification System
Location:
Coordinated through the Office of Student Disability Services located in B-1 Van Hoesen Hall (ext. 2066).
Description:
Flashes a connected lamp in distinguishable patterns to alert an individual to a ringing telephone or a doorbell.
Purpose:
Useful for individuals with hearing impairments needing notification that a doorbell or telephone is ringing.

Closed Captioning - Assistive Aid for Television
Location: Coordinated through the Office of Student Disability Services in conjunction with Classroom Media Services.
Description: Captioned films and video tapes display the verbal component of the soundtrack simultaneously on screen with the picture.
Purpose: Designed to aid persons who are deaf or hearing impaired.

Closed-Circuit Television - Optelec Spectrum
Location: Located in the Access Technology Lab (Library). Contact Jeremy Zhe-Heimerman or the Circulation Desk in the Library for operating instructions and/or assistance.
Description: The 20/20 Spectrum provides clear magnification of text, photos, and graphics in color. Magnifies 5x to 60x. Color-kill switch allows for high contrast black and white viewing when desired.
Purpose: Useful for students who are legally blind or have visual impairments requiring magnification of materials.

FM Amplification System - Phonic Ear 300
Location: Available through the Coordinator of Student Disability Services (B-1 Van Hoesen Hall, ext. 2066).
Description: PE 300 Transmitter with AT 164 Microphone and PE 300 Receiver with AT 163 Teleloop.
Purpose: Useful for individuals with hearing impairments. The speaker wears a microphone/transmitter which can be clipped on a lapel. The individual with a hearing impairment wears a receiver that will pick up the lecture while filtering out other noises.

Tape Recorders
Location: Test Administration Service (TAS) located in the Library.
Description: Various models available.
Purpose: Useful for individuals with learning disabilities, or visual impairments to record classroom lectures.

Telecommunication Device for the Deaf (TDD) -Minicom IV
Location: Four units are available: Located in Office of Student Disability Services, Health Services, Counseling, and University Police (Van Hoesen Hall).
Description: Portable telecommunication device for use with telephone. Operates with adaptor or batteries.
Purpose: Useful for deaf, hard-of-hearing, speech impaired, as well as hearing individuals. Calls can be received on campus from those students using a TDD.

AT&T also provides a relay service. Specially trained Communication Assistants relay conversations between persons who are deaf, hearing, or speech impaired and people who can hear simultaneously with each party. New York Relay Service is provided by AT & T in cooperation with local telephone companies in New York State.

Hearing/speech impairment - individuals contact New York Relay Service (1-800-662-1220). Person types message and assistant will relay it.

Hearing individuals - Call New York Relay Service (1-800-421-1220). Give assistant name and TDD number of person you are calling. Assistant will relay conversation.


Telephones - Assistive Aids for Amplification
Location: Coordinated through the Office of Student Disability Services in conjunction with Telecommunications Services.
Description: assistive aids for telephones including amplified headsets, Ringer lights.
Purpose: Useful for individuals with hearing impairments.

Wheelchair Accessible Desks
Location: Coordinated through the Office of Student Disability Services, located in B-1, Van Hoesen Hall (ext.2066).
Description: Open design allows easy access to/from. Work surface that adjusts to any height up to 35" in " increments - castors allow station to be moved and when needed, locked securely in place with two brake-lock castors.
Purpose: Useful for individuals utilizing wheelchairs.

Ute Gomez, Coordinator
Diana McGee, Secretary
Van Hoesen Hall, Room B-1
607-753-2066
Fax 607-753-5495
Monday -Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Jeremy Zhe-Heimerman, Coordinator of Assistive Technology and Test Administrative Services
Inna Yanchuk, Graduate Assistant
Mandy Sacca, Graduate Assistant
Memorial Library, Room B-204
607-753-2358

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