Adaptive computing

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We want all students to have computing opportunities that work. For more information about tools for online accessibility visit this web accessibility page.

PCC Access Tech Team Training and Technical Support
Read&Write

Read&Write Gold is a full software suite that assists with reading, writing, studying, and research. It’s available to all PCC students, faculty, and staff. It is available for both windows and mac and can be installed on home machines.

Read&Write for Google Chrome is a browser extension. It offers great tools and is available whenever you sign into Chrome with your PCC credentials.

Accessing Read & Write
Read & Write self-serve training
Computing stations
General stations

These stations, located across the PCC district, are available for anyone to use. All can be equipped with Read & Write Gold, JAWS, and ZoomText.

Adaptive computing stations

These stations, located across the PCC district, are available for anyone to use. Preference is given to those who have specific needs. Contact Disability Services for training. All stations can have the same accessibility software as the general stations but also provide additional features including:

  • Height-adjustable tables with ergonomic chairs
  • Modified keyboard and mouse options
  • Consideration for additional software upon request
Adaptive equipment loans

These loans let students try out new technologies through a “try it before you buy it” approach. This college-owned equipment isn’t meant for ongoing personal use.

Self-Serve – Videos and tutorials

There are lots of good options built right into mainstream technologies, here are some links to support pages:

Examples of Free/Open Tools

There are so many great tools – here are a few examples:

  • Balabolka – free text to speech application that can save the synchronized text with the audio files so that when an audio file is played, the text is displayed synchronously (like lyrics for songs).
  • Central Access Reader – free open source text to speech application for windows or mac operating systems. This option is pretty great because it can open word documents that have math in them, and read it out loud correctly. It can also be used as a general copy and paste reading utility, and has nice color contrast, magnification and other features.
  • Dasher – free text entry interface that uses novel approach.
  • Desmos – free open source graphing calculator with sonification and more.
Examples of Low Cost Tools

There are so many great tools – here are a few examples:

  • Natural Reader – text to speech application that works with PDF, Docx, TXT and ePub. There is a free version that works well, but many find the features that come from the paid versions to be helpful.
  • Voice Dream Reader – highly rated app for both android and ios.

Check out our Apps We Like page for additional featured tools.