Disability Studies: Accessibility Room in Marriott Library

This guide shows holdings of the University of Utah libraries related to disability, as well as additional information about best practices for working with patrons with disabilities.

Assistive Software

Kurzweil 3000: Kurzweil is a text-to-speech software that is compatible with both Windows and Mac. It is available on all of the accessible workstations in the library. Students who need to use this software can receive training from the CDS staff. For information about how Kurzweil works, check out this help document.

JAWS: JAWS is a screen reader that lets blind or low-vision users read the content on webpages. For more information about how this program works, check out this help page

Dragon Naturally Speaking: Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice-to-text tool that allows users to speak into the computer and have it translated to text. For information about how this program works, check here.

ZoomText: ZoomText is a screen magnification tool for users with low vision. Note: sometimes it opens automatically on the library computers and interferes with JAWS' ability read webpages. If a user is having trouble with JAWS, make sure that ZoomText is closed. For more information about ZoomText: click here

Accessible Hardware

image of the Perkins BraillerThe Perkins Brailler allows users to type letters in braille. The six keys on both sides of the space bar allow users to type different combinations of dots, similar to a typewriter. For more information about the Perkins Brailler check out this article in Wikipedia.

image of the Marriott Library accessibility room scanner  The accessibility room also has two high speed scanners thatstudents can use to scan textbooks or other items into Kurzweil. The Center for Disability Services cut the bindings off the book (which is legal according to ADA provisions so that students can scan them. There are scanning instructions next to each machine. Students can also get items scanned at the CDS office.

image of Marriott Library videophone

The accessible workstations over by 2130 M and MStat consulting also have a videophone. People who need to use it can get a remote to make it work. It provides video, camera, and access to a keyboard.

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