Adaptive Technology

The Computer Accommodations Program offers the following adaptive technology-related services to members of the university community.

  • Guided exploration of adaptive technology solutions from low-tech to high-tech.
  • Adaptive technology training and skills enhancement.
  • Adaptive technology trouble-shooting and technical support.

CAP also works with the Office of Information Technology (OIT) to make adaptive applications available on machines in OIT Computer Facilities across the Twin Cities campuses.

Description and Availability

Technology Description CAP OIT
Fusion An application that combines the ZoomText's screen magnification and visual enhancements for screen viewing ease with JAWS for screen reading functionality.
JAWS An application that captures output from a Windows-based computer and sends it to an output device, such as a speech synthesizer — AKA: Text To Speech (TTS) — or a refreshable Braille display.
ZoomText An application for Windows-based computers used to change foreground/background color combinations and magnify monitor output.
VoiceOver  

An application built into the Apple Operating System that captures output and sends it to an output device, such as a speech synthesizer — AKA: Text To Speech (TTS) — or a refreshable Braille display.

Zoom An application built into the Apple Operating System used to change foreground/background color combinations and magnify monitor output.
Kurzweil 3000 Kurzweil 3000 uses a document scanner to capture printed text, which is then converted to a digital format and read using synthesized speech. Words are highlighted as they are spoken. This auditory and visual presentation of information helps increase reading accuracy, speed and comprehension for struggling readers.
Kurzweil 1000 An advanced reading tool for people who are blind or severely visually impaired. Kurzweil 1000 uses a document scanner to capture printed text, which is then converted to a digital format and read using synthesized speech.  
NaturallySpeaking An application that allows users to generate text (dictation) and/or operate a computer (command and control) using their voice.  
CCTV A self-contained close-circuit monitor and camera system used to increase the size, contrast and brightness of text and other print materials placed under the camera. Built-in controls are available for adjusting image size, focus and a variety of both black/white and color video modes.  
Sit/Stand Workstations VariTask E Series Workstations offer toggle switch controlled motor-driven height adjustment and an independent manually adjustable keyboard/mouse support. A 7500 Deluxe flat panel double-articulated radial arm adds additional adjustability.  
Trackballs and Ergonomic Keyboards Technology designed and/or arranged to promote healthy, comfortable, and efficient interaction. Microsoft Natural Keyboards have a split, gently sloped shape that encourages natural hand, wrist and forearm positioning. Kensington Trackballs encourage natural hand positioning and reduce arm, shoulder and wrist movement. A top-mounted ball allows easy fingertip or mouth-pointer control and precision pointing. Their symmetrical design fits both left- and-right-handed users and all hand sizes.  

 

If you’d like to make an appointment or understand more of what we do, please email us at cap@umn.edu.

If you’re coming to an appointment with us and will be using an application that requires you to hear output from your computer, please bring your own earbuds or headphones.