Facilities for disabled users

The university have access to a number of specialist software packages aimed at users with special needs.

Screen Reading Software for Visually Impaired Users.

JAWS 5.0 and ZOOMTEXT 8.0 is available on a series of PC's throughout the university. This software is aimed at visually impaired students and is screen reading software with Speech....if you need more info here are the vendors websites:

Jaws for Windows uses the computer’s sound card, to read aloud the information from the screen. It provides support for a number of packages, including Microsoft Office. Internet Explorer is also supported with features such as links lists, frames lists, forms mode, reading HTML tables and graphic labels.

Further information is available from the Jaws for Windows web site

ZOOMTEXT is a combined screen magnifier / reader. It offers 2X to 16X magnification, which can be adjusted quickly and easily using the mouse. All on screen text can be spoken, including menus, dialog boxes and controls, and any typing can be "echoed" by character or by word. These screen reader features can be used with or without magnification.

Further information is available from the Zoomtext web site

Kurzweil 3000 Version 7 - for Dyslexic Users

"Kurzweil 3000 Version 7 is a software application that reads aloud, visually indicates the text being read, and employs a number of advanced techniques for making the material accessible to people with reading related disabilities. It makes text available to users through multiple sensory channels - letting them simultaneously see, hear and track words." (source - Kurzweil Educational Systems Website) Two versions of this software are available, the reader version and also a scan/read version on limited machines with scanner attached

Further information is available from the KURZWEIL 3000 web site

Page last modified 11 August 2011.

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