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Assistive Technology

We are pleased to offer the LARRK Assistive Technology Lab. The LARRK AT Lab provides students with opportunities to explore new software and receive basic training Monday-Friday 8 am - 4:30 pm by appointment, as well as the opportunity for students with specific accommodations the use of the lab materials during testing. The AT Lab includes:

  • 2 Dell desktop computers
  • 2 iMacs
  • 10 Dell laptops
  • Kurzweil 3000
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • WindowEyes and VoiceOver
  • Livescribe Pulse Pens
  • Juliet Pro Braille Embosser

DSP does not provide hardware or software for personal use. For students needing access on personal computers, several options for download or purchase include:

Text-to-Speech and Literacy Software

  • Kurzweil 3000
    • Kurzweil 3000 is a screen reader for Microsoft Windows and macOS.
    • Downloading Kurzweil to your personal computer: If you do not already have an individual Kurzweil account please email dsp@du.edu to request one be set up. After the account has been established, you will receive an email with information on how to download and install Kurzweil and a tutorial on how to use it.
    • Kurzweil is not compatible with Respondus Lockdown Browser. Refer to VoiceOver (Mac) or NVDA (Microsoft) below for alternative options.

  • VoiceOver: Apple's Built-in Text-to-Speech
    • VoiceOver is a screen reader built into Apple Inc.'s macOS and iOS operating systems. VoiceOver describes exactly what is happening on the screen along with providing auditory descriptions of each online element.
    • Explore the VoiceOver User Guide to learn about all the available features.
    • VoiceOver is compatible with Respondus Lockdown Browser.

  • Narrator: Microsoft Windows Built-in Text-to-Speech
    • Narrator is a screen-reading app that's built into Windows, so there's nothing you need to download or install.
    Windows 10: Video tutorial & Complete Guide to Narrator
    Windows 8.1 & Windows 7: Video tutorial
    • Narrator is compatible with Respondus Lockdown Browser; however, Respondus reports NVDA works best. See below for more information about NVDA.

  • NVDA
    • NVDA is a free, open-source, portable screen reader for Microsoft Windows.
    • The American Foundation for the Blind (AFB) provides some of the best YouTube NVDA Tutorials but tutorials are also available on the AFB webpage Learn NVDA. Those preferring a text guide can access the NVDA User Guide as well.
    • NVDA is compatible with Respondus Lockdown Browser.

  • JAWS
    • JAWS is a computer screen reader program for Microsoft Windows.
    • Email dsp@du.edu with questions about JAWS.
    • JAWS is compatible with Respondus Lockdown Browser.

  • Read&Write Gold

  • ClaroRead Windows

  • Natural Reader

Dictation Software

Notetaking Technology

  • Livescribe Pens
  • Glean Audio Notetaker
    • Glean is an audio notetaking web app designed to record audio with the ability to create headings, add text notes, and apply quick labels that can be edited after the recording has ended. Glean notes can be accessed from anywhere both on and offline.
    • To request a Glean account, email dsp@du.edu and DSP will send an invitation to your du.edu email.
  • Microsoft OneNote 
  • Notability (iOS)

Finding Books in Alternate Formats

Several options exist for obtaining ebooks and audio versions. Students approved for Alternate Format Text as an accommodation can always request books through DSP, however, these resources are great for students seeking more independence, and for personal and post-college reading: 

Always ensure that your purchase will work with your specific software; there are many variables and sometimes restrictions on files from certain vendors.