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Assistive Technology on Highline Campus

A variety of resources are available on campus. These technologies are available to all students. If you need assistance in identifying where these resources are located, please contact Access Services.

Some resources that are available are:

Screen Readers

What is a screen reader? Software that reads the contents of a computer screen, converting the text to speech. Screen readers are designed for specific operating systems and generally work with most applications.

Microsoft Accessibility Tools
Computers that use the Windows operating system have accessibility tools built in. In Windows 7, go to the Ease of Access Center. The Ease of Access Center can be found in the Control Panel by selecting Windows logo key+U and also when logging into Windows. Go to the Microsoft website to learn more.

JAWS for Windows
JAWS reads aloud what's on your PC screen. JAWS in available in 15 locations around the campus.

Magnifiers / CCTV Devices

Microsoft Accessibility Tools
Computers that use the Windows operating system have accessibility tools like Magnifier built in. Magnifier enlarges different parts of the screen and is part of the Ease of Access Center. To open it quickly, click Start, and then type Magnifier or pin it to your Taskbar. Go to the Microsoft website to learn more.

ZoomText provides advanced screen magnification that allows you to see everything on your computer. It is installed on 25 computers around the campus.

Clarity Deskmate
Deskmate is a portable video magnifier for classroom use. Deskmate’s rotating camera design provides crystal-clear, full color viewing at any range: close-up, intermediate, or far away. Adjusting from near to distant viewing is quick and easy!

DaVinci All-in-One HD Video Magnifier with Text-to-Speech
DaVinci is a high performance desktop video magnifier (CCTV), featuring HD, text-to-speech (OCR) and a 3-in-1 camera. With HD you will experience high definition color and contrast giving you a beautiful, crystal clear picture and vibrant colors. With text-to-speech feature, DaVinci will read any printed text aloud with the push of a button.

Acrobat HD Mini - Portable Battery Operated Electronic Magnifier
See near, far and everything in between with Acrobat HD-mini. High definition allows you to experience vivid colors and contrast, giving you a beautiful crystal clear picture and vibrant display. Its small footprint and lightweight design provides true portability from the classroom to home and work. A generous 13.3” display offers a large field of view, allowing you to see more on the screen. Easy to set up and ready to use, just take it out of its optional rolling case and you’re ready to magnify in seconds!

Vision Magnifiers
Vision Magnifiers provide magnification of printed material onto a TV monitor. The reading material is placed on the viewing table and projected onto a screen magnified to the size needed by the individual.

Text-to-Speech software

There are numerous text to speech software solutions. Highline has several installed on campus – and a portable version available for purchase in the bookstore.

Read&Write GOLD
A flexible literacy software solution helps with reading, writing, studying and research. Read&Write GOLD's customizable floating toolbar provides reading, writing, studying, and research support tools that work within familiar applications (i.e. Word, Google Docs, Internet Explorer, Adobe Reader). Installed in many locations campus-wide.

Purchase a copy of Read&Write GOLD in the bookstore to use on your laptop or home computer. Available on a flash drive for portability.

Kurzweil 1000
Combines Text-to-Speech capabilities with productivity tools.

Kurzweil 3000
Kurzweil 3000TM is the comprehensive reading, writing and learning software solution for any struggling reader, including individuals with learning difficulties, such as dyslexia, attention deficit disorder or those who are English Language Learners.

Speech to Text software

Dragon Naturally Speaking
Dragon NaturallySpeaking gives the power to create documents, reports, e-mails and more—all by speaking! Fast, easy and amazingly accurate, it’s over three times faster than typing. Just use your voice to dictate and edit in Microsoft® Word and Excel®, Corel® WordPerfect®, and virtually all Windows®-based applications.


Adaptive / assistive equipment is available based on individual need. Please talk with Access Services.

Many of these assistive technologies are available in the library. Please visit the library website for information on where they are located.

Contact Information

Office Hours:
Mon-Thurs 8am-5pm
Drop-in Hours:
Mondays 11:30am-12:30pm
Phone Numbers:
OFFICE(206) 592-3857
TTY(206) 870-4853
VP(253) 237-1106
FAX (206) 878-7247


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