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Adaptive Technology

Adaptive Technology at St. Louis Community College

Adaptive technology (AT) is a term used to describe any device, software, or piece of equipment that helps in removing technological or educational barriers for an individual with a disability. At St. Louis Community College, we offer many different adaptive technology resources to students who qualify. Individuals who have been deemed eligible by the Access Office can meet with the District-Wide Adaptive Technology Coordinator to discuss AT options available to them and receive training on how to utilize these resources in order to access their course material. Please see the Adaptive Technology FAQs pages for detailed information.

Available Adaptive Technology Software

At St. Louis Community College, we provide a variety of software to eligible students. Some commonly provided software is listed below:

Other Helpful Free Resources for Students

  • Otter.ai: Free transcription app that listens to spoken word and transcribes it to text. Can be used to record and transcribe lectures, tutor sessions, even meetings.
  • Microsoft Dictate: This is software built into the Office 365 platform - a resource free to all STLCC students. Dictate is a Microsoft Word product that converts speech to text. For more information, please click the link.
  • Speak IT!: Similar to Microsoft Dictate, Speak IT! is text to speech software that works specifically with Google Chrome.
  • Freedom Scientific: Allows free, at-home access to JAWS and ZoomText Mag Reader. To download software, students will need to use their my.stlcc.edu email address.
  • Evernote: Take notes anywhere. Find information faster. Share ideas with anyone. Meeting notes, web pages, projects, to-do lists
  • Audionote Lite: AudioNote combines the functionality of a notepad and voice recorder to create a powerful tool that will save you time while improving the quality of your notes. It’s the perfect app for students

Accessing Software and Accessible Texts through Blackboard

Students who have been provided an accommodation for Alternative Text Formats and have submitted their request for books to the Access Office should follow the steps listed below.

  1. Log into your Blackboard account – http://blackboard.stlcc.edu/
  2. Find the section titled “My Organizations” (near the middle of the page)
  3. Select “Accessible Student Material” from the list of options
  4. If your books have been completed and uploaded, you will have the option to select the title of the book
  5. To access materials using Blackboard Ally, click the blue “A” next to the document title*

*Ally cannot read all file types. For these file types, students will need to use Read&Write. More information regarding this software is included in the section below.

Downloading and Using Read&Write

St. Louis Community College makes available “Read&Write” to all students. To download this software, please follow the steps listed below.

  1. Log into your Blackboard account – http://blackboard.stlcc.edu/
  2. Select the “Student” tab, located at the top of your screen
  3. Select the “Student Software” link, which is located at the top of the “Student” page
  4. Select “Read & Write” from the list of options and save the software to your computer*
  5. Retrieve and set-up the software onto your computer
  6. Open “Read and Write”
  7. The first time you open the software after the install, you will be prompted to register. CHOOSE register with Microsoft. Enter your school email address and password when prompted. The software will register. Do NOT attempt to use other email accounts, or the software will not work.
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