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Services for Persons with Disabilities

Assistive Technology Center

The Assistive Technology Center, located in Room 101A on the first floor of Fondren Library and adjacent to the Reference Desk, provides equipment and software to accommodate the use of voice-activated and text-to-speech output software as well as an ESL (English as a second language) learning program.

Assistive Software

  • Kurzweil 3000
  • JAWS for Windows
  • ZoomText Xtra
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking

ESL (English as second language software)

  • American Speechsounds (available on one computer—check out CD-ROM from Fondren Library Circulation Desk)  


  • Clearview Magnifier with 19" screen (for print materials)
  • Two PCs with Windows  7 OS with the standard public load which includes Office 2013, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Internet Explorer and Firefox browsers.
  • Two HP ScanJet 7650 scanners with sheet feeders.
  • One Laptop PC with Windows 7 OS with the assistive software listed above + additional SMU-licensed software available on SMU-only desktop PC loads (Adobe Creative Cloud, SAS, SPSS, etc.).  The assistive laptop is available for 4-hour check outs at the Fondren Reference Desk by current SMU students, faculty, and staff.

Assistive Technology Center Service Priorities

First Priority:
Southern Methodist students, faculty, and staff who need the technology to complete their learning, teaching, and work.

Second Priority:
Southern Methodist students, faculty, and staff who need to use the equipment because it supports their needs. For example, students who need to use a publicly accessible scanner.

Library staff reserve the right to ask an ATC user to surrender a computer or resource to another user with a higher priority.

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