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Computers & Software

The Center for Disability Access and Resources (CDAR) provides computer labs to make disability support software available on campus.

Computer Lab

The CDAR computer lab is located in the UI Library Room 418. To gain access to this lab, contact CDAR at 208-885-6307 or email cdar@uidaho.edu.

The lab houses:

  • Four desktop computers with scanners that operate Windows 10 Professional. Installed software includes:
    • JAWS 
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking version 7 
  • One HP 2200 LaserJet Printer (networked)
  • One ViewPlus Tiger Max Braille embosser

Software

CDAR has found the software below useful for students.

Sofware List PDF

MORNING

Alarmy (ios & Android)

Will not shut off until you do one of several options – complete math problems, take a picture of something specific or shake it for example.

Walk Up (ios) Walk Me Up!

(Android)-Alarm goes off until you literally get out of bed and walk around.

SpinMe Alarm Clock (ios & Android)

Does not turn off until you physically get out of bed and spin in a circle.

DURING CLASS

Sonocent

(costs) – Note taking software, training videos at https://www.uidaho.edu/current-students/cdar/assistive-technology/sonocent-training 

Evernote

Take and organize your notes. Basic version is free, subscription required for some features.

Microsoft OneNote with Learning Tools

Free - https://www.onenote.com/learningtools- Adds Immersive Reader and Dictate functionality to OneNote. Also adds “Ink to Math”. Great on a tablet, as it converts written math to type.

Smartpen

 Sync written notes with recorded audio. Training videos at https://www.uidaho.edu/current-students/cdar/assistive-technology/smartpen-training-page

STUDYING

Forest (ios & Android)

Helps you stay away from your smartphone and stay focused on your work.

Productivity Owl( Google Chrome Add-In)

Monitors time spent on web pages and closes tabs if you spend too long on a page. 

Brainscape (iOS and Android)

Flashcard app.

Quizlet

Flashcards and quizzes.

Focus At Will

Subscription music service, two week free trial. Plays music designed to help you focus.

mynoise.net

White noise website. Let you pick type of white noise that works best for you.

Khan Academy

Educational videos on a wide range of subjects. Mobile app is just Khan Academy videos, so you won’t get distracted by recommended videos on YouTube

Wolphram Alpha

($) – Mobile app. Step by step instructions for complex math and science problems.

BREATH

Headspace

guided meditation and breathing app.

Fabulous

App that helps you establish positive habits.

Down Dog

Yoga app that tailors work outs to your goals.

TEXT-TO-SPEECH

Natural Reader

https://www.naturalreaders.com/software.html
Reads most file formats. Most common text to speech software our students use.

Microsoft Edge

Built in text to speech. Click on the three dots in the upper right and select “Read Out Loud”

Mac Text-to-Speech

Built in feature of Macs, go to https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tawg6Z8qi4M to see how to use.

Balabolka

http://www.cross-plus-a.com/balabolka.htm
Open source text to speech program that allows students to save output as MP3 or WAV file. Also allows users to create custom dictionaries. Windows only.

Central Access Reader

https://www.cwu.edu/central-access/reader
Free software developed by Central Washington University. Only reads .docx files, but does better with math than other tts software. Allows you to save as MP3 or WAV file.

NVDA Screen Reader

https://www.nvaccess.org/download/ - Free screen reader. Can read MathML and some other math.

Calibre

ebook / epub reader. Does not have text-to-speech, but allows you to change font of entire book, good for students using the OpenDyslexic font.

MS Word with Immersive Reader

Only in Office 365. Immersive Reader is under the “View” tab, then “Learning Tools”.

Office Lens

Mobile app that includes optical character recognition to save pictures as text, I recommend students also install. Includes Immersive Reader to use text-to-speech on the fly.

DICTATION

Word mobile app

When paired with speech recognition on a phone is an easy way to dictate rather than type. Can also use phone’s built in screen reader to hear documents read back.

Dictate for Word Add-In

https://dictate.ms/ - lets you dictate rather than type in MS Word. Only available for Windows. Limited commands for editing documents. Mac has built in dictation.

Voice Type for Google Docs

Voice Typing is under the Tools menu. Large number commands allow you to fully edit a document with only your voice.

Dictation for Mac

https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT203085 - Macs come with built in dictation. Link explains how to turn on and use.

MISCELLANEOUS

OneDrive

Save your work in the cloud so you don’t lose it. Students with a note-taking accommodation access notes through OneDrive.

Ava

Captioning app. Free for 5 hours a month.

ColorVeil

https://www.aurelitec.com/colorveil/windows/
Applies a colored tint to computer screen. Great for students sensitive to bright light or specific colors. Runs from a flash drive, so works on University computers without installing.

OpenDyslexic Font

- https://www.opendyslexic.org/ - free font designed for individuals with dyslexia.

LiveTranscribe

Android app from Google – free transcription. Doesn’t support group “chat” like Ava.

Seeing AI

iPhone app for the visually impaired. Features include face description, bar code reader and room description.

DiCom Word Prediction

https://www.learningapps.co.uk/moodle/xertetoolkits/play.php?template_id=1327
Predictive text helps cut down on keystrokes and spelling errors.

Questions?

Contact Center for Disability Access and Resources at 208-885-6307 or email cdar@uidaho.edu.

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Bruce M. Pitman Center, Suite 127

Mailing Address:
875 Perimeter Drive MS-4257
Moscow, ID 83844-4257

Phone: 208-885-6307

Fax: 208-885-9404

Email: cdar@uidaho.edu

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Mailing Address:
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Phone: 208-885-9107

Email: ravenscholars@uidaho.edu

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