Breaking Down Barriers
At Cape Breton University’s Jennifer Keeping Centre, you’ll find a wide range of adaptive technology, available to students with documented disabilities.
This equipment includes:
Computers: The centre’s computers are equipped with adaptive software like Kurzweil and JAWS. We also offer Internet access, and laptops for exam purposes.
Scanners: These are used primarily to scan textual material, like textbooks or articles. This makes it possible for us to convert the material into an alternate format that meets students’ needs.
Closed circuit televisions: These tools magnify the screen so that students with visual impairments can read regular-sized print material.
Braille embosser and LaserJet printers: This technology allows students to emboss or print text material directly from a computer or another source, like a Braille writing tool.
Note-taking devices: These devices include laptops and Braille Notes. They make it easier for students to take notes more efficiently and effectively.
Magnification devices: The centre offers text magnifiers to help students with visual impairments read.
Kurzweil or Claro Read: Text-to-speech programs for students with learning and visual disabilities. Digital or scanned text is converted into audio to facilitate learning. Text books can be converted to these formats with the cooperation of the publisher as long as the student purchases the physical text and provides a receipt to the JKC
JAWS: Job Access With Speech is a text-to-speech program that reads screen text out loud to the student. It requires the use of keyboard commands.