Assistive Technology in the Library

The Library collaborates with SCIC and Student Health and Counseling to provide assistive technology resources to complement student computing needs, particularly in support of students with physical or learning disabilities.

Two major accessibility software options are made available to students on campus.

  • Kurzweil is a text-to-speech program that serves as both a word processor and text narrator.
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking is Carleton’s new speech-to-text program, which allows users to dictate their written work aloud.

Students can make use of these programs in two locations in the Library.

  • The three machines on the 5th floor above the East Wing all have Kurzweil and Dragon on the Windows operating system. These stations are equipped with headphones and microphones for use with this software. Access to the 5th level is by stairs only.
  • Kurzweil and Dragon can also be found on the machine in the Assistive Technology Room – room 328 next to the Computer Lab that is close to the elevator. This room is meant to serve as a comfortable, private space with priority given to those students using assistive technology software.  Room 328, which is located on 3rd level, is accessible by stairs or elevator.

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