Knowledgebase: Assistive Technology
Assistive Technology Workstations
Posted by , Last modified by Mujtaba Talebi on 20 November 2014 02:15 PM

Assistive Technology Software | Scanning | Braille Printing/Embossing

The Marple Learning Commons and Disability Services are equipped with Assistive Technology workstations to assist users with disabilities. These stations include a variety of hardware and software.  Each assistive technology workstation has a desktop folder called "user_guides" that contains detailed documentation for the software installed on that station.

Assistive Technology Software:

JAWS is a screen-reader software usually used by students who are blind or low vision.  This software vocalizes all computer activity to the user.  It works in conjunction with web browsers, Microsoft Office, and other applications.   

JAWS Quick Start Guide:

JAWS Keystrokes:

Zoomtext is a screen-magnifying software that is commonly used by students who have low vision.

ZoomText 10 Documentation:

Kurzweil 3000:
Kurzweil is a text-to-speech software used by students with learning and other disabilities.  It reads documents and/or webpages to users, highlighting words or sentences as it proceeds through the text.  It can be used in conjunction with computer files (e.g. MS Word), physical/printed material when connected to a scanner, and webpages when used in conjunction with the Firefox internet browser.  Additionally, Kurzweil documents can be marked and saved for later use or exported as an audio file.

Kurzweil 3000 How-to Videos:

Duxbury Braille Translator Software:
Note: The Duxbury Braille Translation software allows users to translate English characters into Braille.  This software is installed in Disability Services, room 1325 Marple Campus.  It works in conjunction with the Index Basic D V4 Braille Printer also available in 1325.

Duxbury Braille Help:


Assistive Technology Scanners

Scanner Buttons:

The scanner buttons let you quickly scan and save a file.  Each button is configured to save as a different filetype (PDF Black & While, PDF Color, or an image file).  To use the buttons: press the desired button, verify the filetype on the LCD screen display, and press the Scan button. 

Once you press "Scan," the Capture OnTouch software opens and prompts you to save to your P drive, with a default filename date and timestamp.  Change the filename if desired or click "Save" and your document will be saved in the requested file format.

Please note: scanning to email is not enabled for students, so the Email button does not work. 

For better document quality, use the recommended software applications below. 

Recommended Scanner Applications, according to use:

The best software to use for scanning depends on the intended output or usage of the scanned document.

  • For reading pages with Kurzweil 3000: Use the Kurzweil 3000 software to scan the page.
    (Open Kurzweil software, Click Scan, Start New Scan)
  • To convert a document to an .mp3 audio file ("text-to-speech"): Use the Kurzweil 3000 software to scan the page, then create and save the audio file.  See instructions below.
  • For scanning to a PDF file: Use eCopy PDF Pro (Scan, Scan New)
  • To save the scanned page as an image (.jpeg, etc): use the scanner buttons.
  • For converting paper to an editable digital document like Microsoft Word (optical character recognition or "OCR"), use OmniPage Pro. See instructions below.

Using Kurzweil 3000 to convert a document to an mp3 audio file:

After scanning the page into Kurzweil, click File, Audio File, Create Audio File.  You will be prompted to choose a filename and location for saving the file.  After some delay, your file will be saved.  You will not get a confirmation when the saving process is complete.

Using OmniPage Pro to convert paper to an editable Word document (Optical Character Recognition):

Start the OmniPage Pro software.  Click "Process, Workflows, Start.."  In the dialog box that appears, select the appropriate option from the Feeder/Flatbed section, then click "Scan" and your first page will start scanning.  Once the first page is scanned, close this dialog box and you will get another screen asking whether you’re ready to Stop.  Once you've scanned all the pages, hit "Stop." OmniPage will then ask you to proofread/correct the document text.  When finished with spelling correction, choose "Document Ready."  OmniPage will then let you choose a file name, location, and format.


Braille Printing

Braille printing is available in Disability Services, room 1325 Marple Campus. 

Duxbury Braille Translation Software:

Before sending a document to the braille printer, it has to be converted to a .txt file, opened in the Duxbury Braille Translation software, translated and then embossed using the Duxbury Braille Translation software.  If you do not go through these steps, documents sent to the braille printer will appear to be in braille to non-braille readers, but they will be illegible.

Steps for Brailling a document: Open Duxbury Braille Translator Software, Open the .txt file to be embossed, Translate the file to Braille, Emboss the file.

Braille Printer/Embosser

Marple Disability Services, room 1325, has a double-sided Index Basic D V4 Braille printer/embosser available for student use. 

The Braille printer embosses double-sided on 8 1/2 x 11" form-feed paper.  If the form-feed paper gets out of alignment, use the following key sequence to realign it: press "Feed" twice in a row quickly, then press "On".  For more information, consult the user manual downloaded on the Disability Services' computer.

 assistive_technology_workstations.mp3 (1.09 MB)
 scanning with paperport ecopy and omnipage.pdf (196.44 KB)