Portable Assistive Technology to Borrow in Newman Library

portable text reader in library

OrCam Text Reader

The Newman Library has added a set of portable assistive technology devices to help ensure that all library users have access to the collections and services we offer.  Each item was selected in consultation with the College’s Office of Services to Students with Disabilities.  The devices are available only for use within the Newman Library by all current CUNY students, faculty, and staff.  Items are loaned at the access services loan desk on the 2nd floor of the library and must be returned before that desk closes for the day.  To avoid incurring an overdue fine borrowers should check with the library desk staff regarding the time that an item is due to be returned at the time that it is borrowed.

The following are the devices available for loan at the time of this post.  Other devices will be added based on recommendations from library users and the Office of Services to Students with Disabilities.

  • Audio Technica Noise-Cancelling headphones
  • Dell Latitude – software includes Dragon Naturally Speaking, ZoomText/ZoomText Fusion, Jaws for Windows, OpenBook
  • Explore 5 Video Magnifier – used to magnify text
  • Focus 40 Braille Display – Braille input device
  • iPad – has built-in assistive technology
  • MacBook Pro – software includes Kurzweil 3000, Dragon Speaking Naturally
  • ORCAM My Reader – allows users to take photos and device will read back text or describe items
  • Orion TI-84 Talking Graphing Calculator – talking version of standard TI-84
  • Rock Adapted Joystick – alternative to a standard mouse
  • Roger FM System (includes Pen, Table Mic & Mylink with headphones) – used to amplify/hear voice
  • Ruby 7 HD Video Magnifier – used to magnify text
  • Samsung Galaxy Tab – has built-in assistive technology
  • UbiDuo – pair of screens with integrated keyboards for real-time face-to-face interaction
  • Victor Reader Stream- used to amplify sound
  • Wave Rollerball – alternative to a standard mouse
  • ZoomText Large Print Keyboard- keyboard has oversized keys