Text-to-Speech

Kurzweil3000 is an integrated literacy software with a variety of features to support reading, writing, and studying. Text-to-speech (reads text aloud) is available in over 18 languages and dialects. Users can also customize reading rate, presentation, and text size (magnification). The software reads text aloud in Word, PDF, EPUB, RTF, Daisy, and on the web. Please complete this Kurzweil Request Form to ask that Disability Services activate a free subscription on your behalf.

Note-taking

Microsoft OneNote is a digital note taking app provided to each Law Center community member to be used on five devices using their NetID credentials.

Dictation

Dictation is a speech transcription technology that converts speech to text. Students may elect to use dictation to write papers, emails, reading notes, etc. Ensure you work in a quiet space and speak at a rate that allows accurate conversion into text. Practicing often will increase your familiarity with the software.

Screen Readers

NVDA is a screen reader that can be downloaded free of charge by anyone. Screen readers allow for text on a computer screen to be read aloud. Students who are blind or visually impaired listen to the text read aloud and navigate the screen using the keyboard or mouse.

Law Library

The Assistive Technology Workstation (Room 506) is available for students, staff, and faculty for law school work that requires text-to-speech software, voice recognition software, screen reading software or magnification software. Students may use the Group Study Room portal to reserve the room to utilize JAWS, Kurzweil, Dragon and/or a flatbed scanner. The Williams Library Training Resource includes a Dragon Naturally Speaking Free Demo titled Dragon NaturallySpeaking Essential Training. A headset, with a microphone, is available to borrow at the circulation desk.  Students are encouraged to email lawlibraryers@georgetown.edu with any questions about hard/software. The room is available as a study room when not needed for these purposes.

Law Center students have unlimited access to AudioCaseFile’s collection of digitally recorded court decisions of cases in many law school casebooks.