Assistive-Technology Now Available Campus-wide

As part of the university’s continuing effort to build seamless access into our environment and culture, the Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO), Office for Disabilities Services (ODS), and the ADA Coordinator’s Office are pleased to announce the availability of JAWS (Job Access With Speech), Read and Write Gold, and ZoomText in libraries and computer labs throughout campus.

These assistive-technologies will provide powerful tools where students need them – on over 1,000 university computers! JAWS is designed to allow students who are blind or visually impaired to navigate the Internet and other software using auditory rather than visual cues; Read and Write Gold assists students with reading and learning disabilities by rendering documents to speech and supporting composition and proofing; and ZoomText magnifies screen contents, enhances contrast, and provides navigation tools for individuals with low vision.

To take advantage of these tools, visit any of the OCIO Student Computer Centers. Find locations at ocio.osu.edu/labs/locations. If you have questions or need training in the use of the assistive technology located on the Columbus campus, contact the ODS Assistive Technology Coordinator Abdirahim Abdi at 292-3307 or abdi.33@osu.edu.

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