Assistive Technology at Marywood

Marywood provides a vast variety of assistive technology for all
students to use to become better learners.

What is Assistive Technology?

You use assistive technology when you use eyeglasses, a calculator, or computer, to name a few.

Assistive Technology makes it easier for a person to:

  • Turns things on
  • Get dressed, eat, bathe, move around
  • Read, write, see, communicate
  • Learn

      Accessibility Tools

      Many operating systems, software, and internet browsers offer Assistive Technology features that are built-in as standard features— at no additional cost to you! In this section, you’ll find additional information about the many accessibility features built into these products.

      Operating Systems


      Internet Browsers

      Assistive Technology Hardware and Software at Marywood

      • American Sign Language Video Dictionary & Inflection Guide shows thousands of signs in color video and links them to sentences that demonstrate how they change to convey different meanings.
      • APA-Style Helper gives clear and straightforward guidance on citing references, formatting headings, and more in APA Style.
      • Closed Circuit Television allows you to enlarge what you are reading or writing.
      • Dragon Naturally Speaking is speech recognition software that allows you to create documents, reports, e-mails, and more. This fast, easy, and amazingly accurate program is over three times faster than typing. You can use your voice to dictate and edit in Microsoft Word and Excel, Corel, WordPerfect, and virtually any Windows-based application.
      • Inspiration is a great tool for developing mind maps or diagrams to help you organize information, concepts, and ideas. It can help you brainstorm, compose your thoughts before writing a paper, or map out important points to remember from a particular lesson. It can even convert your concepts into an outline.
      • Kurzweil offers tools for reading, writing, and developing study skills college students need to succeed. Scan your reading materials into Kurzweil and follow along as Kurzweil reads aloud. Create study sheets using electronic highlighters, footnotes, and vocabulary tools. Extract those notes into one concise document to study. Kurzweil reads websites too!
      • Scroll-in-Mouse is designed for surfing the Internet or browsing long documents. Scrolling a document is easy using the trackball.
      • Victor Reader allows you to easily navigate highly structured textbooks, manuals, and reference books, as well as novels and magazines. Marywood subscribes to Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D) for Victor Reader use.
      • Window Eyes is a screen reading program that provides access to Windows-compatible applications through synthesized speech output. This program is designed for computer users at all levels, from novice to advanced.
      • Write:OutLoud is an easy-to-use word processor that reads aloud as you type. It's great for those who want instant feedback when they write.
      • Zoom Text enlarges text and graphics in Windows applications.

      Locations On Campus that Provide the Best Accessibility Options

        LAC 221 LAC 223B LRC MCGP 1052 MCGP 1057 OCHF 207 SCPA 102
      ASL Video Dictionary Inflection Guide       MCGP 1052      
      APA Style Helper LAC 221            
      Closed Circuit Television     LRC        
      Dragon Naturally Speaking   LAC 223B          
      Inspiration LAC 221   LRC MCGP 1052 MCGP 1057 OCHF 207  
      Kurzweil LAC 221   LRC MCGP 1052 MCGP 1057 OCHF 207 SCPA 102
      Scroll-in-Mouse LAC 221            
      Victor Reads   LAC 223B          
      Window Eyes LAC 221   LRC        
      Write OutLoud LAC 221   LRC        
      Zoom Text LAC 221   LRC MCGP 1052      

      LAC Liberal Arts Center - Assistive Technology Lab
      LRC Learning Resources Center
      MCGP McGowan Center for Graduate & Professional Studies
      OCHF O'Neill Center for Healthy Families
      SCPA Sette LaVerghetta Center for Performing Arts