Sonocent, a note-taking tool that puts the student in control of their own notes, captures audio and visualizes phrases into chunks, which can be color highlighted, annotated, and organized.
The built-in features allow you to:
- Capture audio, text, and slides in a single workspace.
- Organize notes.
- Export to various formats to suit their learning style.
- Improve audio quality and extract what's most useful for you.
- Embed PowerPoint slides, PDFs, images, and other media to support audio recordings.
Glean is the web version of Sonocent and is a great option for Mac and/or PC users.
The Disability Resource Center has a rental program for Digital Recorders. As of 2022, the product we offer is the Sony PX370. If you currently participate in this rental program and need the manual, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To qualify for this rental program, you must be an active student taking classes during the rental term and registered with the Disability Resource Center. Contact your Access Consultant to gain access to one of these devices.
Kurzweil 3000-firefly, literacy software. Technology-based tools and resources within the software help you to actively engage in authentic learning experiences in the way that work best for you.
If you're interested in utilizing Kurzweil 3000, please reach out to your assigned Access Consultant for approval.
If your assigned Access Consultant approved you for the use of Kurzweil 3000, please fill out the Kurzweil 3000 Request Form.
JAWS (Job Access With Speech) is a computer screen-reading program that allows individuals who are blind or who have visual impairments to read text on a computer monitor using a combination of Microsoft keyboard commands and JAWS keyboard commands.
Free home license
All students registered with the Disability Resource Center at FIU with an active FIU email address have access to the JAWS Home License. Click here to get started with JAWs. Please be aware that you must use your FIU email address.
ZoomText is a computer magnification program designed to help individuals with visual impairments access the computer monitor. The software is used to magnify the computer screen and includes a speech output option.
Free home license
All students registered with the Disability Resource Center at FIU with an active FIU email address have access to the ZoomText Home License. Click here to get started with ZoomText. Please be aware that you must use your FIU email address.
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition software that uses your voice.
Dragon is available for use only on DRC computers. If you are interested in using this software, please contact your Access Consultant for more information.
Livescribe Echo Smart Pen
LiveScribe Smartpens record audio and written notes from lectures. The two are synced for convenient playback. Notes from the Smartpen can be stored and played back using a number of applications, including Evernote and Google Docs.
Zoom offers several accessibility features built into the platform such as screen reader support, automatic transcripts (must be set up by the faculty before the meeting), and keyboard shortcuts among others.
Immersive Reader is a free tool that implements proven techniques to improve reading and writing for people, regardless of their age or ability. This tool is compatible with Microsoft Word and the Microsoft Edge web browser.
Microsoft Word has text-to-speech functionality. Word has two different options for reading documents aloud, Read Aloud and Speak.