Adaptive Equipment & Software

Requests should be submitted a minimum of four weeks prior to your need. Software and adaptive equipment are assigned to eligible students with a documented disability.

How to Obtain this Service

Students already receiving accommodations from Disability Services can make a request from their accommodation specialistfor software and/or adaptive equipment. If you are a new student you must first apply for these servicesto receive them.

Examples of Software and Adaptive Equipment

  • ADA Adaptive Tables: Tables at various heights for persons in wheelchairs for use in the classroom
  • ADA Adaptive Chairs: Ergonomically designed chairs (in the classroom environment) for persons with physical disabilities
  • Audio Graphing Calculator:Scientific calculator for people who have visual or orthopedic disabilities
    • Graph shape description through audio tones and cues
    • Audio menus
    • Scalable visual display
    • Keyboard navigation
    • Tactile output options
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking: Voice-input program that allows a computer to be controlled by voice
    • Allows composition of papers by talking into a microphone
  • FM Loop Systems: Assistive hearing devices enabling some persons with hearing impairments to use residual hearing
    • Includes a small microphone used by the instructor or speaker and an earpiece receiver for the student
  • JAWS: (Job Access Working System): Software program specifically for persons who are blind
    • Computer reads all screen commands
  • Magnifier/Explorer Manual Focus (CCTV): System that allows people with low vision to magnify textbooks or single papers
    • System works with a television to magnify paperwork and control brightness and contrast
    • Located in the library (Building 9) on the Salem campus
  • Talking calculators
  • Digital tape recorders: For students who are approved for taping lectures
  • Video Relay Service (VRS): Telecommunication service that allows Deaf, Hard-of-Hearing, and speech-impaired individuals to communicate over the phone with hearing people in real-time, using a sign language interpreter
    • Chemeketa Community College's video phone (VP) is located in our Salem campus library in Building 9, Room 224
  • Virtual Pencil: Interactive Mathematics software tool for people who are visually or orthopedically impaired used to solve math problems
    • User verbally guides tool to edit numbers, insert structures, copy equations
    • Can be used with a computer screen reader for auditory output

Software & Adaptive Equipment Available for all Students

Microsoft has some accessibility features that are available for you to use on any computer—

  • Click on start menu
  • Select All Programs
  • Select Accessories
  • Select Accessibility from drop down menu

You will have the following options —

Magnifier
Microsoft Magnifier is intended to provide a minimum level of functionality for users with slight visual impairments. Most users with visual impairments will need a magnification utility program with higher functionality for daily use.

Narrator
Narrator is a text-to-speech program that can help people with low vision set up their own computers or use other people's computers. Narrator might not perform well with some programs and only speaks English. Most users with visual impairments will need a screen reader with higher functionality for daily use.

On-Screen Keyboard
On-Screen Keyboard provides a minimum level of functionality for orthopedically-disabled users. People with orthopedic disabilities may need a utility program with high functionality for daily use.

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Building 2, Room 174
Phone: 503.399.5192
Fax: 503.399.6178
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