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Technology & Equipment

Technology & Equipment at Learning Commons

Assistive Technology 

The Nancy Thompson Learning Commons has an accessibility services area equipped with specialized hardware and software to increase access to Library resources for hearing and visually impaired patrons. These resources are located in a quiet alcove in room L-108.

JAWS (Job Access with Speech) is a screen reading software program for blind and low-vision computer users. Users can interpret the information on the screen through speech and Braille output. 

ZoomText contains a screen magnifier and reading program that provides magnification for low-vision users. The magnifier enlarges every detail on the screen, and the reader intuitively reads all text, including email, documents, and web pages.

Kurzweil 3000
Kurzweil 3000 supports reading and learning differences. Users can read and listen to scanned text simultaneously. Other features include colored highlighters to mark important text, English and bilingual dictionaries, note-taking tools, and more. 

Merlin LCD
The Merlin LCD is a full-color, auto-focus video magnifier system that allows low-vision individuals to read, write, and view photos in various color combinations for enhanced visibility. The magnifier is flexible and pivots vertically or horizontally for peripheral or eccentric viewing.

Anyone using computer resources and facilities at Kean University must abide by the Computer-Related Acceptable Use Policy.