Students who may benefit from the use of assistive software are encouraged to speak with Student Disability Services about options that may be best for them. In many instances, different software programs may offer similar assistance; however each student will have different preferences. We encourage students to preview different technologies in advance to determine which one may be best.
Students may elect to purchase software at their own cost, or may use the options available through SDS and Central Michigan University at no additional cost. If required for the purposes of test taking, SDS will provide the required software for proctored exams. The following describes different software solutions offered at Central Michigan University.
Read&Write is an assistive technology, text to speech, learning tool that supports
the concept of Universal Design for Learning with a suite of powerful reading,
writing, test taking, and study skill tools that makes
curricular accessible to all students. It is particularly appropriate for
students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia, dysgraphia,
students struggling with reading comprehension and English Language Learners.
Sonocent is our offered digital
notetaking software. This software allows for accessible independent notetaking
in the classroom. By just hitting record on your laptop or mobile device
Sonocent will audio record your entire lecture. Sonocent offers many
organizational tools and a single point of reference for all of your notes.
This allows you to actually pay attention to the material being presented, with
the ease of knowing Sonocent is recording everything that is said.
Dragon is our speech to text software, it can be used to transcribe audio recordings into text. This is for students who prefer reading their notes rather than listening to them. Dragon is also equipped to accept verbal commands. This dictating software accommodates students with physical disabilities as they can speak commands and dictate their papers/assignments.