Because of the intensive research conducted since September 2000, University Academic Computing Technologies (UACT) has successfully established a specialized adaptive technology setup to cater to the needs of visually impaired, hearing impaired, blind or deaf students.
The UACT Adaptive Technology Labs are available in room P145 Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Bin Abdulaziz Alsaud Hall, the plaza level, and in the AUC Library, room 1005.
Powerful software have been purchased and fully tested to accommodate all needs and requirements for students who are blind, deaf, visually or hearing impaired.
Adaptive Technology Software:
- JAWS for Windows
A powerful screen reader software that helps the blind to access today's popular software applications and the Internet.
- Kurzweil 1000
A PC-based reading tool that helps the blind or people with low vision to read printed materials
- Zoom Text
A screen magnifier software that magnifies the data shown on the monitor up to 16X the screen size
A lightweight, pocket-sized, digital talking book player and recorder for the visually impaired and blind people. It offers revolutionary mobility and ease of use by anyone in business, education and leisure
A software that makes effective two-way communication possible for persons who are deaf, experiencing hard-of-hearing or unique communication challenges. It translates in real-time:
- Speech to Text
- Speech/Text to Video Sign-Language
- Speech/Text to Computer Generated Voice
Adaptive Technology Hardware:
- Braille Printer
Produces Braille documents on paper through the Duxbury Braille translation software and winbraille
- Electronic Vision Aid
A visual sensory aid system for people with low vision aiming at magnifying the text being read or written
- Humanware Braillenote
A laptop that runs using brialle and enables the blind student to access the net, submit assignments, take notes in class, and all normal functions that one would need to carry out on a laptop