Hardware and Software Available in the Adaptive Technology Centre

Queen’s Library is pleased to offer remote access to the TextHelp Read&Write Premium Literacy software for all students, staff and faculty with a Queen’s NetID and Password. For more information and how to access the software, please consult the Read&Write brochure.

Additional Read&Write support and training resources are available in the Adaptive Technology Centre LibGuide.

Specialized software

The following is a list of specialized software available in the Adaptive Technology Centre:

  • Text-to-Speech software that allows students to scan their texts into the computer, which converts the text into a digital format and uses a speech synthesizer to read it aloud. (Kurzweil 3000, Read&Write)
  • Voice-to-Text software that allows users to speak into a microphone while the computer transcribes their voice into a digital format. (Dragon Naturally Speaking)
  • Screen Reading software that reads the computer screen aloud to students, replacing the graphical user interface with auditory interface. (JAWS)
  • Mind-Mapping software that assists students in the brain-storming process and thought organization which assists the writing process. (Inspiration)
  • Screen Magnifier software that allows students to magnify the size of documents and other software applications that appears on the screen. (ZoomText)
  • Writing software that assist students with word prediction, grammar, and spelling errors in documents. (Inspiration, Kurzweil 3000)

Operating System accessibility features

For more information on using ATC software and applications, see our guide on the Adaptive Technology Centre: Software and Assistive Devices which has tutorials, instruction manuals, and lists of free apps.

Assistive devices available in the Adaptive Technology Lab

  • Braille Embosser
  • Digital Recorders and Smartpens to assist with notetaking in lectures (Livescribe Smartpen)
  • OPTELEC Clearview CCTV
  • Height adjustable tables
  • Large screen monitors
  • Scanners

Equipment loan

We offer a limited number of adaptive devices for students registered with the Adaptive Technology Centre to borrow on trial:

Students wishing to borrow these devices must provide a valid Queen's Student ID. Items will be loaned through the student library account. Please contact the Adaptive Technologist for more information.

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