Reading/Adaptive Tech Services

Reading Services and Adaptive Technology

Reading services are provided to students with permanent or temporary disabilities who provide appropriate documentation and meet the eligibility requirements. You will first need to meet with your specialist who will determine what types of reading services would be most helpful to you. DSP offers Adaptive Technology such as Kurzweil and Dragon Naturally Speaking training, E-Texts and more to eligible students.

Check out our Adaptive Technology Resources

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Kurzweil Text Recognition Software Training

The first step in obtaining reading services is to get trained on the Kurzweil text recognition software:

  1. Make appointment with Kate Lucero(Adaptive Technology Specialist) for training on the Kurzweil text recognition software. You can make an appointment by emailing her at lucero-k@sa.ucsb.edu or by calling 805.893.5110.
  2. Attend the scheduled training. Training occurs at the Adaptive Technology Center (ATC) which is located on the first floor of the Davidson Library. You will meet Kate at the information desk on the first floor of the library.
  3. Decide if you want to use the Kurzweil text recognition software.

If you want to use the Kurzweil Software after you are trained:

  • Submit the request for electronic texts form DSP. Fill out an Electronic Textbook Formpdf_icon
  • Email completed form to Kate Lucero lucero-k@sa.ucsb.edu or print and deliver to the front desk receptionist. Be sure to submit this form early. If you don't have a list of books for your course yet, you can get the required information from the UCSB Bookstore online (http://www.ucsbstuff.com/SelectTermDept.aspx)
  • The Adaptive Technology Specialist will contact you when these texts become available. If E-Texts are not available, she will contact you to see if you are agreeable to breaking the spine of your physical book so an E-Text can be produced from it.

If you DO NOT want to use the Kurzweil Software:

If you feel that the text recognition software is not helpful, see your Disabilities Specialist about using Learning Ally's resources.

  • Before making the appointment, check to see if Learning Ally (learningally.org) has the books you need.
  • During your meeting, your Disabilities Specialist will have you complete a release form and an application which DSP will fax directly to Learning Ally.
  • After DSP has faxed your application to Learning Ally, you correspond directly with Learning Ally regarding any resources you might need from them. While more and more resources are in MP-3 format, DSP can loan you Daisy readers if needed for books on CDs.

Request Laptop

For students who have been approved for laptop use, please note you will need to complete an Equipment Loan Reservationpdf_icon and return it to the office in addition to checking off the laptop box within the proctor request form as well within the DSP Portal. Submit completed forms to Kate Lucero (lucero-k@sa.ucsb.edu) or print and deliver to the front desk receptionist.