Assistive Technology Services
The Disability Resource Center provides assistive technology services and assistive technology assessments for UNLV students with disabilities as they relate to academic activities. On the basis of assessments, students are provided with training on devices and software that support academic activities available at UNLV. Some equipment and software are available for checkout. Currently these services are being made available through collaboration with Easter Seals of Southern Nevada.
Students must be registered with us to be eligible for assistive technology services and support. Registered DRC students must contact their DRC counselor to identify areas of exploration and for a referral to the assistive technology specialist.
Examples of Assistive Technologies at UNLV
- A CCTV (closed-circuit television) or video magnifier is a system that uses a stand-mounted or handheld video camera to project a magnified image onto a video monitor, a television (TV) screen, or a computer monitor. The zoom lens provides variable magnification, enhanced contrast and brightness, inverse video display, gray scale, false colors, and natural colors. This technology is designed to support students who experience low vision disabilities.
- JAWS (Job Access With Speech) is a screen-reading software used to verbalize, or "speak," everything on the screen, including text, graphics, control buttons, and menus, into a computerized voice that is spoken aloud. In essence, a screen reader transforms a graphic user interface (GUI) into an audio interface. This technology is designed to support students who are blind.
- WYNN (What You Need Now) software: WYNN displays text, word processing, and PDF files on screen and reads them aloud. While it reads, it highlights the word being read. WYNN also reads documents you scan, web pages, and emails. WYNN provides a variety of study tools that help you read, learn, and understand the material you are viewing and hearing, including on-screen highlighting and bookmarking tools, and the ability to attach typed or spoken notes to the text you are studying. WYNN can enlarge the displayed text, increase line and word spacing, and decrease column width to improve access to text material. This software is designed to support students who have learning disabilities or other cognitive challenges.
- ZoomText software is a screen-magnification software designed for people with low-vision disabilities. It magnifies all items on the screen. It also reads on-screen text.
- TextAloud MP3 is a text-to-speech software that has the ability to convert audio output to MP3/WAV files. Files can be opened by any MP3 player.
- Dragon Naturally Speaking is a speech-to-text software that allows the user to dictate content or commands to a computer using speech (voice recognition). It is designed as an alternative input device for anyone who does not or cannot use a keyboard to work with a computer.
- Inspiration is a graphic-organizing software that integrates Diagram and Outline Views, allowing users to expand single words or phrases (topics) into writing.