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Accessibility Services

Assistive Technology Resources

The Accessibility Services Team, which includes members of the Dean of Students Office, the Library, and Information and Technology Services (ITS), addresses reading and writing challenges faced by students with various learning differences and disabilities.  The Team coordinates resources through the use of a number of assistive technologies to provide coursework materials in alternate formats.  Services include:

  • Assistance with setting up memberships with Bookshare and Learning Ally (both provide books in audio format—students will need to purchase annual individual memberships and reader software)
  • Contacting publishers to inquire about and obtain books and textbooks in electronic formats (audio files)
  • Scanning books and articles to create audio files
  • Text to speech software on all computer lab machines
  • Screen magnification software on all computer lab machines
  • A magnifying machine for reading located in the library (primarily for students with visual impairments)
  • An Intel Reader for immediate conversion of text to speech (loaned to students through ITS)
  • Laptop loans to students for usage in taking essay formatted exams (loaned to students through the Dean of Students Office)
  • Access to Dragon Naturally Speaking software which converts speech to text (available on laptops loaned by the Dean of Students Office)

For more information contact Allen Harrison at aharriso@hamilton.edu.