What can the library offer students with learning difference?
IT Tralee library is committed to providing all our users with high quality services and supports.
Our Assistive Technologies (AT) room has three student networked PCs on electrically height-adjustable tables/desks. There is also a table-top magnifier on a fourth, manually height-adjustable table. The AT room can be booked at the library service desk.
Below are lists of specialists equipment and software available in the library.
Anyone who prefers to think visually rather than textually may find mind mapping software useful. Dyslexia users may find it particularly useful.
View a three-minute guide to Inspiration.
Dragon is intended for anyone who would prefer to use their voice to interact with a PC, but especially visually impaired users.
It is available on each of the three PCs in the AT room. There is an icon to Dragon under Start/Programs. There is also an icon in the icon tray in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen. Please note that running Dragon on the middle PC, when running JAWS will cause a conflict.
View a brief demo of Dragon
JAWS, which is intended for visually impaired users, is available on each of the three PC’s under Start/Programs. It opens automatically on the PC furthest from the door, so JAWS will read out what is on the screen once the PC is turned on.
A ten-minute demo of JAWS
A simple to use toolbar that floats on top of any open application, TextHelp Read and Write Gold features include Spelling, Speech, Homophone support, Scanning and Word Prediction.
Intended for visually impaired or dyslexic users, Text Help is available on each of the three PCs in the AT room. There is an icon to Read & Write under Start/Programs.
Please view this five-minute Guide to Text Help. Each option on the Read and Write Gold Toolbar comes with its own video guide. This software is networked across every computer in the Institute.
Please view a seven-minute Guide to using Zoomtext.
The T3 is connected to a standard PC or laptop computer via a USB connection and the self-installing programme CD is inserted. To activate the system all that is needed is a T3 tactile diagram overlay to be placed on the surface of the device and touched by the operators finger. When a user presses on various parts of the tactile diagram they hear appropriate descriptive audio feedback.
This package includes a tablet and a special printer for printing raised tactile images. It is currently available on the PC furthest away from the door. There are links to the T3 software under Start/Programs.
Intended for Dyslexic, visually impaired and learning disabled students, Dolphin is available on the PC furthest away from the door only. There is a link to Dolphin under Start/Programs.
Watch a six-minute overview of Dolphin Easy Converter on YouTube.
Duxbury is available on the PC furthest away from the door. There is a link to Duxbury under Start/Programs.
Watch a five-minute video on Duxbury.
For more information on Assistive Technology, please contact: