Accessible Computer Workstations: Software
The Big Bend Community College campus has many computer workstations that are accessible for individuals with a variety of disabilities. Below are a number of applications available across campus. For specific locations of these accessible computer workstations, please follow the link below.
Balabolka is a Text-To-Speech (TTS) program. It supports multiple text file formats and allows on-screen text to be saved as an audio file. The program can read the clipboard content, extract text from documents, customize font and background color and control reading by hotkeys.
Fusion Professional (JAWS, ZoomText, and FSReader)
Fusion Professional is an accessibility tool for individuals with vision impairment. It pairs JAWS, a screen reader, and ZoomText, a screen magnifier. JAWS and ZoomText can run by themselves or combined. Included with Fusion Professional is the FSReader, which is a DAISY Player software.
Central Access Reader (CAR)
CAR is a text-to-speech application designed specifically for individuals with print-related disabilities. CAR reads Word Documents and pasted text using the voice installed on your computer. CAR has an intuitive interface and many customizable features.
NonVisual Desktop Access (NVDA)
NVDA is a screen reader for individuals with vision impairment. It reads text on the screen. NVDA can also convert text into braille for users of a braille display device.
Natural Reader is a text-to-speech software that can read any text such as Microsoft Word files, webpages, PDF files, and E-mails.
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Dragon Naturally Speaking is a speech recognition program that allows you to dictate your words and have that speech transcribed as written text. Dragon allows you to control the computer with your voice; dictate or modify documents, spreadsheets, and presentations; send email and search the web.