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Library Resources and Accessibility

Assistive Technologies

These assistive technologies are available in the Rose Library.


JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is the world's most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS is a  screen reader program for Microsoft Windows.

Humanware ScannaR

The ScannaR is a flat–bed scanner that will scan any text document and read it back to you in seconds. Simply place a document on the scanner, press a button, and ScannaR will read the text in natural sounding speech. If you want to save your document, press and speak a filename into the built-in microphone.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon is speech recognition software that is easy to use and accurate. The software has three primary areas of functionality: diction, text-to-speech and command input. The user is able to dictate and have speech transcribed as written text, have a document synthesized as an audio stream, or issues commands that are recognized as such by the program.

Note on Headphones: Headphones are required to use the assistive technologies station. (The library does not supply headphones.)