Adaptive Technology & Services

University Park Libraries


  • Alternative formats of books and journal articles
  • Research assistance
  • Assistance retrieving materials
  • Assistance and training  on how to operate assistive technology devices
  • Short-term loan of assistive devices



  • Dragon Naturally Speaking — Voice recognition software
  • Jaws — Screenreader used by individuals with visual impairments
  • Kurzweil 3000 — Screenreader used by individuals with neurologically-based processing disorders causing difficulty with reading, writing, and math
  • Omni Page — Scanning application with Optical Character Recognition (OCR) processing
  • ZoomText — Screen magnification software for use on computers 



  • Adjustable Desks — Allows for wheelchair access and adjustable height work surfaces
  • Assistive Learning Devices (ALDs) — Transmitter/receiver that assists persons with hearing impairments
  • Audio/Tape Player — Allows for taping lectures and books
  • Brailler — An electronic device for displaying braille
  • CCTV Close — circuit monitor that provides access to print materials for individuals with visual impairments
  • Headphones — Used with screen readers
  • Large Monitors — Provides enlarged view
  • Scanners — Creates digital copies of print materials
  • Speech Calculator — A talking calculator for individuals who are blind or have visual impairments
  • Tactile Image Enhancer — Raises the lines on a printed page to create a tactile image
  • Wheelchairs — For use by individuals to assist with mobility (used in the library only)
  • Interpretype (ITY)  — ITY helps connect a non-signing hearing person to a deaf, hearing impaired, or speech impaired user, by using two small keyboards with screens that are connected to each other.