ATSO’s Hardware Loaner Program

MP3 / DAISY Players

MP3/DAISY Players are used to play files in MP3 and/or DIASY format. DAISY is an acronym which stands for “Digital Accessible Information System” and is a digital reading format that can combine audio, text and graphical information in one production, making it accessible to a wide range of people with print disabilities

Ergonomic Keyboards

An ergonomic keyboard is a computer keyboard designed with ergonomic considerations to minimize muscle strain, especially for people with carpel tunnel. Information on loaning this device on a semester-by-semester basis can be found here.

Adaptive Mice

Adaptive mice are a special type of mice designed to ease the strain on hands and in some cases are not required to be operated by hands. Information on loaning this device on a semester-by-semester basis can be found here

Alpha Smarts

The Alpha Smart is a keyboard device used for word processing and functions like a digital typewriter.

Writing Tablets

A computer input device that allows one to hand-draw images and graphics, similar to the way one draws images with a pencil and paper. (For those who have difficulty accomplishing this with a mouse)

Digital Audio Recorders

Allows the user to record a lecture and playback the same later, with the capability to download it to a computer. Information on loaning this device on a semester-by-semester basis can be found here.

FM Listening Systems

The AM/FM transmitter system transmits the teacher’s voice wirelessly, and in real-time mode to a hearing-impaired student.

Remote Captioning Laptop

For hearing-impaired students, loaner laptops are set up for real-time captioning of in-class lectures. The audio of an in-class lecture is sent to a remote captioner via the internet (VOIP), who in turn sends the transcript via Instant Messaging.

Electronic Spellers

Quicktionary pens and reading pens assist users with difficulty in recognizing or understanding words while reading.

Livescribe Pen

The Livescribe pen records as you write and links it to audio so that you don’t miss what is being said in lectures or meetings. To hear what you recorded on paper just tap on what you wrote. You can transfer your notes and recordings to your computer to play them back by downloading the software to your desktop. Information on loaning this device on a semester-by-semester basis can be found here. The guide to Livescribe’s Echo Pen can be found here, while the guide to Livescribe's 3 Pen can be found here.

Closed Circuit Televisions (CCTVs)

*On-campus use only (Accessibility Services, Library - Hayward & Concord Campuses) CCTVs provided by ATSO are essentially stand-alone electronic magnifiers. They help magnify documents to 16X or 16 times their original font size.

Magnilink (CCTV)

The MagniLink Zip monitors have brightly colored screen edges, an anti-glare surface, provide crystal-clear sharpness, high contrast images, and a dimmer mode for light-sensitive users. The screen is built-in hi-definition and is easy to adjust by tilting it forward, backward, and for height. The low-vision adapted screens and an HD reading/distance camera rotates both vertically and horizontally. Information on loaning this device on a semester-by-semester basis can be found here.

Reveal 16

The Reveal 16 Full HD Portable Electronic Video Magnifier is an intuitive, easy to use and foldable digital magnifier that offers an unmatched crisp, and crystal-clear image quality thanks to its 10x optical zoom camera. Designed for seniors and elementary students, it enables to read documents, textbooks, and newspapers as well as to write down notes. Reveal 16 also allows you to view distant objects like artwork, your own backyard or even the whiteboard.

Revolabs xTag Microphone system

The Revolabs USB wireless microphone system enables you to get work done and participate in web meetings while away from your workspace – without requiring you to wear a headset or bulky transmitter. Its convenient plug-and-play design combines receiver and charger functionality into one sleek device, which comes with a safe, comfortable quick-release lanyard to wear around the neck. A compact charger base plugs directly into your computer via the USB port, and start-to-finish setup takes just seconds. Information on loaning this device on a semester-by-semester basis can be found here.

Ubi Duo

UbiDuo model continues to advance the state of the art in face-to-face communication technology with a sleek package that includes a color touch screen and sComm’s patented hinge system. At half the size of the original UbiDuo is the world’s foremost independent communication solution for people.