LTS and Accessibility and Disability Resources (ADR) provide support for campus-wide assistive technology.
For students with certain disabilities, SmartPens can be helpful. A SmartPen is a special pen and notebook that can record all (or parts of) a lecture while a person is taking down notes. If the student’s written notes are limited or have gaps, the pen can easily play back the audio for specific part of the lecture that the student may have missed and need to hear again.
The ADR has SmartPens available to loan to students. If you are interested in learning more about this technology, please email StudentAccessAdvocates@wellesley.edu. Our Student Access Advocates are available to train you and answer any questions you may have.
Kurzweil 3000 is literacy software with a Text-to-Speech program that will read textbooks, articles and the web aloud. Kurzweil also has many tools for writing and study support. The user can choose from a variety of voices, reading speeds and languages. Kurzweil also has a dictation feature for hands free writing support.
Wellesley College has a Kurzweil 3000 site-wide license for full time students and employees of the College.
Students/employees log-in to an account to access the Kurzweil software. Please either:
1. Login to an existing account here.
2. Use the User Self-Registration to create an account
After you have an account, you can choose between a web-based service or download the software directly onto your computer. We recomment the desktop version for the best functionality.
Other ways to use Kurzweil:
- Kurzweil Firefly Web Browser Application (Has most, but not all, of the features of the desktop app)
- Kurzweil Firefly App for iOS
- Chrome Extension (For reading on the web)
For those wishing to use voice/speech recognition software, Kurzweil (see above) has a speech recognition function, or Speechnotes, is a free, and easy to to use app. Speechnotes can be found here.
To improve accessibility for all viewers, consider captioning videos that will be used in a classroom, or for the general public.
Captioning assists many groups of people including the hearing impaired, deaf, learning disabilities, and language learners. It is also helpful for anyone listening in a noisy environment.
A fee-based captioning service:
To caption your own videos:
As a Wellesley employee or student you can use SensusAccess (login and download like Kurzweil) to automatically convert documents into a range of alternate media. This includes audio books (MP3 and DAISY), e-books (EPUB, EPUB3 and Mobi) and digital Braille. The service can also be used to convert inaccessible documents such as image-only PDF files, JPG pictures and Microsoft PowerPoint presentations into more accessible formats.
If you would like to meet with one of our Student Access Advocates about using Kurzweil 3000 or a SmartPen, they can be reached directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.