The UGA Libraries make available assistive software to facilitate library research and alternative format access to library materials for library patrons with disabilities. Types of assistive software available at the libraries include screen reading software, magnification software, speech recognition software, and more.

Libraries staff can provide limited basic assistance with the technology. In-depth help and training on using assistive technology can be arranged through the UGA Disability Resource Center at drc@uga.edu or 706-542-8719.

Headphones are required for using screen reading software. Headphones can be checked out, but we recommend bringing your own if possible.

Specific assistive software programs available at each library building are listed below:

 

Main Library

There are four assistive technology workstations in the Reference Room on the first floor of the Main Library. Ask at the Reference Desk and staff can log you in to use one of the computers. The workstations are available to any user with a disability and are equipped with the following software:

  • JAWS is a powerful accessibility solution that reads information on your screen using synthesized speech. JAWS provides many useful commands that make it easier to use programs, edit documents, and read Web pages. An array of versatile features and customizable options lets you tailor JAWS for your individual needs and preferences.
  • ClaroRead is an integrated text to speech tool that can speak practically any on-screen text out loud. It also provides many easy ways to make the text clearer and more visible as it is spoken by the computer.
  • ClaroView is a software application that allows better viewing of the screen to make browsing and reading easier. It can change the color of the screen and the extent of the tinting.
  • MAGic combines great magnification features with true low vision screen reading. It gives you the ability to choose the information you want read from the screen as you navigate your applications. MAGic is easy to use with its talking large print installation and color-coded user interface.
  • ScreenRuler helps you with reading by providing a reading toolbar or strip across the screen, and by tinting the screen. You can choose any color you like and change color and intensity depending on the light conditions and what you find best.
  • FSReader book reader software opens a world of accessible reading material for the visually impaired. Used with Digital Accessible Information SYstem (DAISY)-formatted talking books, FSReader delivers a host of powerful navigation tools for reading.
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking is speech recognition software that provides a more efficient way to control a computer by voice for those with impairments that may make typing painful or impossible. Dragon turns talk into text, transcribing up to 160 words a minute. Just speak and the words appear on the computer screen, instantly.

 

Miller Learning Center

There are four assistive technology workstations in the Miller Learning Center that provide accommodations for students with disabilities. One is located on the 4th floor east side, one is located on the 4th floor west side, and two are located on the 3rd floor east side. Please ask for information or assistance at the 3rd floor information desk.

The workstations are equipped with the following assistive software:

  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking (see description above)
  • JAWS Screen Reader (see description above)
  • MAGic Screen Magnification (see description above)
  • Read&Write Literacy Comprehension makes documents, files and web pages more accessible. Its literacy features help people with dyslexia or other reading comprehension or learning difficulties in order to make everyday literacy tasks simpler, quicker, and more accurate.

 

Science Library

Please ask for assistance at the service desk located on the entrance floor (2nd floor) of the Science Library and staff will direct you to the workstation equipped with the following assistive technology:

  • ClaroView (see description above)
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking (see description above)
  • JAWS Screen Reader (see description above)
  • MAGic Screen Magnification (see description above)