SUNY Cortland offers a variety of technologies that may help our students obtain equal access to College programs.
Our lab is reserved exclusively for students with disabilities, who may have access to it whenever Memorial Library is open. It includes five Windows PCs and one iMac, which are equipped with two scanners and the software listed below.
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 computer labs and can be installed on others upon request.
We have a limited number of LiveScribe pens, mp3 players, VictorReader Stream players, Quick-Link Pens, and other hardware available for loan to students who, among other qualifications, may be eligible for alternate format textbooks. Please see Jeremy Zhe-Heimerman, Coordinator of Assistive Technology, to find out if you are eligible for this program.
The Optelec 20/20 Spectrum is located in the Access Technology Lab and provides clear magnification of text, photos, and graphics in color. It magnifies 5x to 60x and has a variety of settings to allow for high contrast viewing.
The College has a site license that allows all SUNY Cortland students to install Read&Write on their own computers. Its text-to-speech features are especially useful for those with dyslexia or low vision. Installation packages and instructions for this suite of reading, writing, research, and study tools are available for Mac and Windows. It is also available in the Access Technology Lab and on certain work stations in public computer labs.
This dictation software allows users to write on a computer by speaking into a microphone and is especially useful for those with limited mobility or certain learning disabilities. It is available in the Access Technology Lab.
ZoomText is a screen magnification software program that magnifies print from two to sixteen times in full screen and partial screen zoom windows and offers a variety of additional features to allow those with visual impairments to access Windows computers. It is available in the Access Technology Lab and on certain work stations in public computer labs.
Jeremy Zhe-Heimerman will meet with students individually to train them to use the access technologies that may best help them gain equal access to their coursework.
Some students with learning disabilities, blindness, or limited mobility may require textbooks in an alternate electronic format. See Accessible Readings for more information.
Captioned films and videos display the verbal component of the soundtrack simultaneously on screen with the picture. This service for Deaf students and those who are hard of hearing is coordinated through the Office of Student Disability Services in conjunction with Campus Technology Services and Memorial Library.