Reading and Writing Tools:
ZoomText allows users with a visual impairment to access a PC through screen magnification and voice synthesizer feedback. ZoomText reads documents, web pages and email, which the user is able to listen to using headphones or the computer's speakers.
Mindview is a visual learning tool widely used for building mind maps. Mind maps are diagrams used to represent words, ideas, tasks or other items linked to and arranged around a key word or idea. They can be used as an aid in study, organisation, problem solving, decision making and writing.
Read & Write Gold is a literacy support tool designed to assist users when reading or comparing text. Functions include text-to-speech, phonetic spell checker, word prediction, speaking dictionary and a scanning facility.
These applications can be accessed by double-clicking the Accessibility shortcut on the Desktop.
The McClay Library also has the following equipment for students:
A Zoom-ex scanner is available to borrow from the Borrower Services Desk. This lightweight, portable scanner turns the computer it is used with into a scanner, reader and magnifier for blind or visually impaired students.
A desktop CCTV magnifier is located on Floor 2 of The McClay Library.
Adjustable tables are available on each floor of The McClay Library.