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Disability Services

Assistive Technology

NCC is committed to ensuring that all services, programs, and activities are accessible to students with disabilities.


Assistive technology is hardware and software designed to assist individuals who have difficulty accessing information systems using conventional methods. For example, mini keyboards can be used by people with a small range of hand movement, and screen readers can be used by people who are blind or dyslexic.  The Technology Related Assistance to Individuals with Disabilities Act of 1988 (Tech Act) first described an assistive technology device as "any item, piece of equipment, or product system, whether acquired commercially, off the shelf, modified, or customized, that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities."   Consider visiting these local assistive technology web sites to get more information and access to resources.

Connecticut Technology Act Project

New England Assistive Technology Resource and Education Center

Disability Resource Center of Fairfield County


For training in the proper use of equipment, students need to contact Heather Alexander, the Assistive Technology Specialist in the Developmental Studies Office, Room West 209j. Please make an appointment by email, telephone (857- 6844), or come to the office. Suggest 2-3 times you would be available to meet during her scheduled hours. Ms. Alexander is scheduled to be in the office Monday - Tuesday from 9:30 am - 4:30 pm.



Dedicated Computers

There are three computers on-campus that are dedicated for use by students with disabilities. These computers are loaded with the accessibility software listed below. Students registered with Student Disability Services Office are given priority access. The computers are situated in the following locations:



Software on the Dedicated Computers

Kurzweil 1000

This software program scans print material into the computer and converts it into speech. It is for use by students who are blind.


Kurzweil 3000

This software program scans print material into the computer and converts it to speech. It provides reading, writing, editing and study skills support for students with learning challenges.


Magic

This software enlarges what appears on the monitor from 220 times its usual size. Color (contrast) and mouse icons can also be adjusted. It is for use by students with visual disabilities.


JAWS

JAWS is a computer screen reading program that reads what appears on the monitor. It is for use by students with visual or reading disabilities to create documents or to access the Internet.


Dragon Naturally Speaking

Voice recognition software that types while you speak.


NOTE: The Information Technology Department can install this software in classrooms and computer labs in response to student needs.



Other Assistive Technology Available

Learning Ally (RFB&D) Audiobooks and CD PLAYERS

The College has a membership with Recordings for the Blind and Dyslexic and provides audiobooks on CDs for eligible students. CDs ordered from RFB&D can be listened to with a specialized CD player that is available at the library and in the Adaptive Technology Lab (West 209j). These players may only be used on campus. Students can purchase players and software from RFB&D to use off-campus.


Optelec

Optelec magnifies any print material placed under it from 2 to over 50 times its original size. The color (contrast), size and brightness (image) of the screen can also be adjusted.


Digital Tape Recorders

Franklin Spelling Ace