Assistive Technology Resources

Wesleyan students, faculty, and staff have access to a number of different assistive technology resources. Many are available to any Wesleyan user. Please contact us if you have any questions about any of the resources listed below.

Additionally, Wesleyan's Information Technology Services Office has information on software titles which are being made available without purchase for students, as well as a technology loaner program for students who need to borrow equiptment or computers to complete thier cousework.


Adobe Accessibility

(text-to-speech, reading)

Audio Notetaker by Sonocent

(note-taking)

  • Sonocent Audio Notetaker is a computer-based note taking system which visualizes audio notes and allows students to take typed notes that are “linked” to the audio. Work with recordings taken on your laptop or with the free companion app. It’s easy to go back to the key moments - the audio is visualized, phrase-by-phrase.
    • Students interested in an Audio Notetaker license can contact SAR for more information on accessing the software.

Balabolka

(text-to-speech, conversion)

  • Balabolka is a text-to-speech program that accesses all computer voices installed on your system. The on-screen text can be saved as a WAV, MP3, MP4, OGG or WMA file. The program can read the clipboard content, view text from documents, customize font and background color, control reading from the system tray or by the global hotkeys.

BeeLine Reader

(reading)

  • BeeLine Reader applies gradient colors to assist with eye tracking, speed, and focus while reading digital materials.
    • Free for Wesleyan users, you will find the links and directions for activating three BeeLine Reader products in your WesPortal, just search for “BeeLine”.

Bookshare

(text-to-speech, reading)

Capti Voice

(reading, text-to-speech, conversion)

  • Capti Voice is a personalized reading support tool; the platform creates an “MP3” player interface with imported text documents
    • Free accounts are available with limited features
    • Access through browser, iOS app, or desktop program
    • Browser extension available for reading the web or easily adding articles to Capti
    • Full accounts are available to students with qualifying reading barriers through Accessibility Services

Desmos Calculator

(math)

Glean

(note-taking)

  • Student Academic Resources is pleased to share with you a new note taking program available to Wesleyan users, Glean. Glean is available to anyone this semester through a pilot program.
    • Glean is designed to make good note taking come naturally. By recording conversations and presentations (even in browser/Zoom), Glean enables users to capture everything while staying in the moment. Glean is intuitive, fun, cloud-based, and it takes only a minute to get started. For more information, watch this short introductory video
    • Interested students, faculty, and staff can email Crystal Rose Hill at chill01@wesleayn.edu; be sure to include your Wesleyan email address – this is where you will receive the invitation link. 

Google

(captioning, dictation)

Kurzweil 3000

(reading, text-to-speech, writing)

  • Kurzweil is a text-to-speech program with features that support reading and writing. Kurzweil Education is offering free access to their programs for the spring 2020 semester.
    • The Google Chrome Read the Web browser extension can be accessed through the Chrome Web Store:
      • This account is not allowed for the other Kurzweil tools, as this is  a shared account (FERPA Law).
      • The access is private and allows no way to extract who is using this tool.
      • The access will be taken down by mid-June 2020.
      • Here are the Read The Web Instructions
        • Username: readtheweb
        • Password: 12345
    • The full platform can be used on any device by signing up for a free subscription.
  • Wesleyan provides access to the full Kurzweil program for students with qualifying reading barriers through Accessibility Services

Mac Accessibility

(reading, dictation, text-to-speech)

Microsoft Translator

(captioning, transcripts)

  • Microsoft Translator allows for small groups to have conversations using each individuals’ native language. It can also be used as a live captioning/translation tool with one “presenter” and up to 100 participants for up to 4 hours.

Natural Reader

(text-to-speech)

  • NaturalReader Online is a text to speech web application with high quality voices. Login from any computer to convert any written text such as MS Word, PDF files, non-DRM eBooks, and web pages into spoken natural sounding speech.

NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA)

(screen-reader)

Otter.ai

(captioning, transcripts)

  • Otter.ai allows a user to create a personal transcription of a meeting or conversation in which they are present. You can also upload an audio file for transcription. The free version allows up to 600 minutes of transcription per month.

Read&Write

(reading, writing, note-taking, text-to-speech, dictation)

  • Read&Write by texthelp is a program which integrates into Google Chrome and can be downloaded for desktop use. From hearing emails or documents read out loud to text prediction, picture dictionaries, summary highlighters and a grammar, spelling and confusable words checker, Read&Write makes lots of everyday literacy tasks simpler, quicker and more accurate.
    • Free trial gives you full access for 30 days
    • After trial period, there are limited functions available for continued use
    • Full accounts are available to students with qualifying reading barriers through Accessibility Services

SensusAccess Document Conversion Service

(conversion, text-to-speech)

  • SensusAccess is a web application that converts documents from text or image-based files into accessible formats, such as searchable PDFs, audio & talking books, Braille, or ebooks
    • Free for Wesleyan users, search for “Access” in your portal for a quick link to the Library’s Accessible Materials page.

Windows 10

(dictation, screen-reader)

  • Windows users have built-in speech recognition for dictation through Windows 10
  • Windows 10 also has Narrator, a screen-reading program, built-in