Referrals to off-campus psychologists/psychiatrists for testing, therapy and/or medication management are available, please contact CAPS at 214.768.2277 or go to http://smu.edu/healthcenter/counseling/ct_dallas_referrals.asp.
The L.E.C. DASS team also has a limited set of referrals.
Support Networks/Groups in North Texas CHADD Dallas Branch of the International Dyslexia Association
Mac Screen Reader (free on any Mac) – Use VoiceOver to read anything on your screen including PDFs, websites, emails, etc. How to use:
Go to system preferences
Make sure box is clicked “Speak selected text when key is pressed”
Click “set key”
Then hold down a key combination (i.e. Apple-Control-S)
Once the key is set, you can highlight the test to read then hold
your key combination
Mac Office Word offers a “notebook layout” under the view menu. This layout offers a record function that enables the Mac to record the lecture as you take notes. In addition the audio notes link to the lines of notes through “audio bookmarks” represented by a speaker symbol.
Livescribe Pulse Pen – records lectures while you write notes in a special notebook. The notes and recording are synced through the special notebook paper so that you do not have to listen to the entire lecture, but instead just the place in your notes you want to listen to. It is great for classes where computerized note-taking is difficult due to formulas, graphs, or drawings. The pen also syncs notes and recordings to your computer. The L.E.C. has a pen for demonstration purposes. Check www.livescribe.com for a video demonstration.
ClaroRead - “provides text-to-speech support tools that allow computer users to read and write independently. By making a computer speak any text with a human voice, text documents can be proofed out loud along with web pages, e-mails and any other text.” www.clarosoftware.com
Ginger – advanced spell checker, picks up context clues in your sentences to help with spell check www.gingersoftware.com
Inspiration – brainstorming program that allows you to create papers in a concept map format first, then turn it directly into outline form, in order to write full paragraphs. Also can use it to outline book chapters or notes. www.inspiration.com
Learning Ally is a subscription service for students with learning disabilities or visual impairment. LA provides an audio recorded version of textbooks. http://www.learningally.org/
Bookshare.org – download thousands of books and listen to them on your computer or portable music player. Membership is free to college students. www.bookshare.org
Electronic Book Readers – handheld, wireless reading devices that download anything you need to read (newspapers, magazines, books, etc.). Many also have screen-reading features. Examples include Kindle, Nook, iPad.
Screen Readers – below is a list of programs available online to assist in text-to-speech conversions for most computers:
Universal Reader Plus
Digital Future – for Mac
Attention Deficit Disorder Association (ADDA) (hyperlink to www.add.org)
American Psychological Association Information on ADHD
National Center for Gender Issues and AD/HD
The National Center for Learning Disabilities
Career Opportunities for Students with Disabilities