The Commons

Helpful Hardware & Software

Accessibility Services can connect you with adaptive/assistive technology using one of our adaptive/assistive technology labs, or a workstation in the Commons.

The labs, include both hardware and software. Check the drop downs for the technology available at Lakeland College.

Schedule an appointment with the accessibility advisor on your campus to see if there's technology that will help you, and to learn how to use the equipment and or software.

Vermilion Lab - Room AL204
To book an appointment, call Adrienne Robertson
Phone: 780 853 8438 (office) or 780 581 0989 (cell)

Lloydminster Lab – Room 2022
To book an appointment call, Tami Smith
Phone: 780 871 5457 (office) or 780 808 4127 (cell)

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Lakeland College uses Microsoft's Windows 7 operating system. This version of Windows makes customizing your settings simple.

Each computer is also equipped with the Microsoft Office Suite (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and OneNote) so that students will have access to the programs they need to complete assignments in the proper format.

In addition, some computers in each lab are placed on an adjustable height desk or have large print keyboards to accommodate personal preferences and individual needs.

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JAWS for Windows is a powerful accessibility solution that reads information on your screen using synthesized speech.

JAWS provides many useful commands that make it easier to use programs, edit documents, and read web pages.

With a refreshable Braille display, JAWS can also provide Braille output in addition to, or instead of, speech. An array of versatile features and customizable options lets you tailor JAWS for your individual needs and preferences.

For more information about this software, see the JAWS website.

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ZoomText Magnifier is an advanced screen magnification program that enlarges and enhances everything on the computer screen, making your computer easier to see and use.

The full range of magnification levels for this software is up to 36x. Other levels include:
  • 1x to 8x in steps of 1
  • 10x to 16x in steps of 2
  • 20x to 36x in steps of 4
  • fractional powers of 1.25x, 1.5x, 1.75x and 2.5x.
See the ZoomText Magnifier website for more information.

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The MyReader II video magnifier is an auto-reader for individuals with low vision.

This hardware allows individuals to see images of book or magazine pages and rearrange the text onscreen. Custom settings allow individuals to choose how they prefer the text to appear, making reading easy.

See the myReaderII website for more information.
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Large print keyboards, which feature over-sized, bold print keys that help make keyboarding easier for those with low vision or mobility challenges.

There are large print keyboards in library work stations.
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Voice recognition software, also known as speech to text software allows an individual to use their voice instead of typing on a keyboard.

Voice recognition may be used to dictate text into the computer or to give commands to the computer such as opening application programs, pulling down menus, or saving work.

Voice recognition software allows for a quick method of writing onto a computer. It is useful for people who find it difficult to use the keyboard.

There are many different voice recognition programs:
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With the right software a computer can turn text into a spoken voice.

Known as text-to-speech, or sometimes TTS, this tool is very helpful for users with reading difficulties as it helps them access the written word independently and develop reading skills. Text from web pages, documents, e-mail or other files can be read aloud using text to speech technology.

Users can select the voice they prefer to hear when text is being read.

There are many different text-to-speech programs.
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Read&Write GOLD is a flexible literacy software solution that helps with reading, writing, studying and research.

This program integrates familiar applications such as Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer and Adobe Reader, giving you access to features for reading, writing, and research support from within those everyday programs.

See the Read & Write Gold website for more information about the features of this software.
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Kurzweil 3000 is an assistive technology, text to speech, learning tool with a suite of powerful reading, writing, test-taking, and study skill tools that makes curriculum accessible to all students.

Appropriate for students with learning disabilities such as Dyslexia, who require reading intervention, as well as students who struggle with reading comprehension. 

This software also features dual highlighting of on-screen text, which improves students' reading performance by highlighting a sentence, line or phrase in one color and each word in another color as it is read aloud.

For more information, see the Kurzweil Educational Systems website.