[Athen] software for AltFormats students

Normajean.Brand normajean.brand at hccs.edu
Tue Feb 26 11:45:56 PST 2013

We use WYNN (Freedom Scientific) and Kurzweil 3000 both for our students on campus. Because we are a commuter community college we do not offer either of these software programs off-campus. However, I often send students to this link:

The MITS Freedom Stick is a portable, use-anywhere accessibility solution. Install this software package on any 4gb USB Flash Drive (full) or 2gb USB Flash Drive (lite) and you create a set of tools for your students that they can carry in their pockets which will make any Windows computer highly accessible.

The Freedom Stick contains a fully accessible version of the Firefox web browser, the full Open Office suite (comparable to Microsoft Office), the Balabolka Text-To-Speech system, an on-screen calculator which allows students to paste their math work into homework or test documents, a "mind mapper" (similar to Inspiration), the Audacity audio recorder/player, and many, many more supports.

Hope someone finds this useful!


NJ Brand, ATAC
Houston Community College-Northwest
ADA Technician
Technology and Instructional Computing
Room RC13
1010 W. Sam Houston Pkwy N.
Houston TX 77043
VM/Office: 713.718.5604                    
FAX: 713.718.5430
Email: normajean.brand at hccs.edu

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From: athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu [mailto:athen-list-bounces at mailman1.u.washington.edu] On Behalf Of Phyllis Petteys
Sent: Thursday, February 21, 2013 3:02 PM
To: Access Technology Higher Education Network
Subject: [Athen] software for AltFormats students


We are looking into making software available to Alt Formats students that will read PDFs (in the event they are not already using a screen
reader) available for both Mac and PC. I've talked to some of you individually, but if you can weigh in on what you are using I'd appreciate it! Right now we show the students NaturalReaders and/or the reader in Adobe.

Phyllis Petteys
Assistive Technology Center
Portland State University
Smith Memorial Student Union Room 116
Portland State University
PO Box 751
Portland, OR 97207-0751
(503) 725-8395
(503) 725-4103 (fax)

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