The Counseling Center has two computers equipped with Open Book, JAWS,
and Zoom Text. In addition, the center has Magnification
Equipment, FM Hearing Devices, and Text Telephone.
An Open Book
- An Open Book is a dynamic reading tool designed for visually impaired
people. An Open Book enables you to read magazines, books, even mail with ease and
confidence. This machine is designed for the person with a disability that affects
reading. There's no learning curve and no sacrifice of features or power. The
keypad is simple to use, making it easy to remember the two buttons needed to begin to
read comfortably. Most readers will happily "curl-up" with an open book on
the very first day.
- Read now or read later. One of an Open Book's nicest features is its ability to
give the reader a choice about when to read and for how long. For quick, immediate
items like the electric bill or a letter from a friend, an Open Book can scan and read in
less than a minute. For more complex reading such as History 101, Moby Dick, or War
and Peace, an Open Book will scan each page, and then commit them to memory without
assistance. Later, in a few hours, or the next day, the reader can listen to the
- A pleasant voice--the reading voice in an Open Book speaks clearly and can be easily
JAWS: Job Access With Speech
- JAWS is a voice system which works with Windows programs. It
reads everything that is on the screen.
- Zoom Text is a screen magnification program, designed specifically to
meet the needs of the visually impaired. It intergrates magnification, screen
reading and scanning with OCR. Magnification levels range from 2x to 16x.
Magnification Equipment: The 20/20 Spectrum
Students can read books, do their homework, and keep up with the other students in
class using the Magnification Equipment.
- The 20/20 Spectrum provides exceptionally clear magnification of text,
photos, and graphics in lifelike color. The 20/20 Spectrum allows images to be
displayed in full color while simultaneously displaying text in reverse video for improved
clarity. A color-kill switch provides high contrast black and white viewing when
desired. There are two machines at the Counseling Center.
- Characteristics: Magnifies from 5x to 60x. Ideal for
classroom, home, and office applications where color images and color-coded forms are
commonly used. Designed for minimal user adjustment with only two primary controls
(contrast and brightness).
FM Hearing Devices
- The FM Hearing Devices work with a person's hearing aid to amplify a
professor's voice. The professor wears an output which sends a signal to a receiver.
Hearing impaired students may check out the hearing devices from the Counseling
Center for a semester.
- The Text Telephone offers the finest in printing quality for the
hearing impaired. The TTY (Text Telephone) is an easy-to-use office system.
- Its Porta Printer 2000 provides the deaf and hard-of-hearing with the highest quality
- The Porta Printer 2000 Standard Features:
- 20-column display.
- 20-column printer provides condensed and wide printing.
- TTY call alert.
- Upper/lower case printing (separates incoming and outgoing messages).
- Replaceable heavy-duty, rechargeable battery (2 hours per charge).
- International speed.
- Acoustic cups accommodate both square and round handsets.
- Electronic voice.
- Sample printout.
- Big letters for easying reading plus normal and condensed print.
- All with the same TDD.
If you would like to learn more about resources for disabled students, call or stop by
the Counseling Center to make an appointment to talk with a counselor. The
Counseling Center is located across from the Lee Drain Building, next to the Farrington
Building. The telephone number is (936) 294-1720.