The DRC offers FREE access to several assistive technology programs for students registered with the DRC. You will find information on each of the programs below and links to request access to each program. The programs are available for student use in the DRC AT Labs where students are welcome to study and have access to free printing. The programs are also available in the Accessibility Studio located in Library West. If you have any questions about assistive technology, please contact the DRC AT Lab at 352.392.8565 or drcATlab@ufsa.ufl.edu.

Available programs include:

  • Kurzweil 3000-firefly and Read&Write Gold for students who are seeking reading and writing assistance.
  • JAWS and MAGic for students who are blind or visually impaired.
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition software

Kurzweil 3000-firefly

Conquer literacy challenges with Kurzweil 3000-firefly, literacy software that enables you to read, comprehend, and demonstrate your knowledge. Technology-based tools and resources within the software help you to actively engage in authentic learning experiences in the way that work best for you. This, in turn, enables real learning to happen and helps unlock your true learning potential.

Kurzweil Education offers proven, research-based, literacy solutions that enable learners to address their own unique learning challenges and build the skills and confidence to succeed in academically rigorous environments. Using a multisensory approach to learning, students become independent, confident learners who can achieve rigorous academic goals.

Request access to Kurzweil through UF Software Licensing Services – Kurzweil 3000.

Read&Write Gold

The DRC no longer holds a license for Read&Write Gold. The software will no longer work properly and should be removed. To remove the software, open the Windows control panel. Depending on the display settings of the control panel window, select Programs’ uninstall a program option or select the category programs and features. Once the software list appears, select Read & Write program within the list and choose uninstall.

If you would like to continue using a software similar to Read & Write, please refer to Kurzweil 3000. If you have any additional questions please contact Jessica Krauth at jessicak@ufsa.ufl.edu or call our office at 352-392-8565.

JAWS

JAWS (Job Access With Speech) is a computer screen reading program that allows individuals who are blind or who have visual impairments to read text on a computer monitor using a combination of Microsoft keyboard commands and JAWS keyboard commands. An array of versatile features and customizable options lets the user tailor JAWS to individual needs and preferences.

Request access to JAWS through UF Software Licensing Services – JAWS

MAGic

MAGic is a computer magnification program designed to help individuals with visual impairments access the computer monitor. The software is used to magnify the computer screen and includes a speech output option. The software uses a combination of Microsoft keyboard commands and MAGic commands to navigate the computer screen and documents.

Request access to MAGic through UF Software Licensing Services – MAGic

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition software lets you get more done every day on your computer β€” quickly and accurately β€” using your voice. It’s the fun, easy way to turn your spoken words into text three times faster than typing and execute simple voice commands. Dictate and edit documents, send email, search the Web and use social media with unparalleled speed and comfort.

Dragon is available for use only on DRC computers. If you are interested in being trained in this program, please schedule an Assistive Technology Training.

Equipment Loans

Equipment Loans are available for DRC Students who wish to use technology in order to access their course materials. Loan items include educational technology such as LiveScribe Echo Smart Pens or Digital Recorders, and Assistive Devices for blind/visually impaired and Deaf/hard of hearing students. Approval for these items should be discussed with your Learning Specialist or during an Assistive Technology Consult.

If you have been approved for Assistive Technology Equipment and wish to check out an item, please fill out the Equipment Loan Request form.

Accessibility Studio

The Disability Resource Center (DRC) and Library West have partnered to provide access to assistive technology for DRC students. The Accessibility Studio is located in room 335 of Library West, across the hall from the Tutoring Center. The studio offers a variety of assistive technology, including Kurzweil 3000, JAWS, MAGic, and a CCTV. If you are interested in gaining access to the studio, please provide the information below.

Once you submit your request and it has been processed, your name, UFID, and GatorLink username will be added to the approved list of individuals. Once on this list, you will be able to use your Gator1 Card for swipe access to the Accessibility Studio. No reservations are necessary and access will be provided as long as you are an active DRC student.