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Equipment housed in the library to help those with learning and visual disabilities.

Assistive Technology

Purchase College offers access to Assistive Technology in a variety of areas and for a variety of needs. Users are expected to seek out access and training from the Office of Access and Accommodations.  

  • LiveScribe Smart Pens
  • Audio recorders
  • Alphasmart boards
  • DaVinci CCTV and Optalec Magnifying Reader
  • ZoomText Magnifier/Reader
  • Jaws screen reading software
  • Dragon/naturally speaking software
  • Kurzweil scanning/reading software for visual disabilities
  • Read & Write GOLD software for learning and reading support
  • First Generation iPads for notetaking
  • TTY Phone
  • FM Systems for amplification
  • Large Print Keyboard
  • Braille Printer
  • Surface Pro tablets with detachable keyboards
  • Access to Learning Ally and Bookshare as well as a variety of other audiobook vendors

For questions or issues concerning necessary accommodations, please contact Lauren Rodriguez Program Coordinator of the Office of Access and Accommodations at (914) 251-6035

Read & Write GOLD (RWG)

Read&Write GOLD is available on all public lab computers (Mac and Windows). Check out a USB drive from the Library's Circulation Desk in order to use it at home or on your personal computer (you must be Purchase College community member to do this).

Read & Write Gold Includes:

  • Text reading in quality computerized voices;
  • Editing tools such as
    • spell checker
    • word predictor
    • dictionary
    • word wizard thesaurus
    • sounds alike tool that helps users determine if they've chosen the correct homophones in their writing
  • An MP3 converter to convert text into files for later playback in an MP3 player;
  • A pronunciation tutor, fact finding tool, fact mapping graphic organizer tool;
  • A voice dictation tool for writing assistance; and
  • A floating toolbar that allows users to access Read & Write Gold from within other programs such as word processing programs or .pdf reader programs.

Several folks on campus can help you with the basics of RWG:

Install RWG on Tablets

Note that for tablets, only the Click and Speak feature is available.

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