Library Services for Persons With Disabilities

AT equipment in Library

Important: If you would like use the Adaptive Technology computer and equipment at the Library, please contact the Office of Disability Support Services at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2615, and then if requested by the Office of Disability Support Services, contact ITS Help Desk at (203) 254-4000 ext. 4069 or

Adaptive Equipment and Software

The  Adaptive Technology computer, scanner and microphone-headset,  is located on the Upper Level of the library in the Group Study Room 308Room Reservations can be made online.

ABBYY FineReader:

An OCR (Optical Character Recognition) and PDF conversion software. It provides functionality for converting images received from a scanner, a digital camera or by fax, as well as PDF files, into editable and searchable formats. The program accurately retains formatting and layout of documents and supports a wide range of recognition languages and output file formats.
Abby Quick GuideAbby Full Guide 

Dragon Naturally Speaking:

Speech to text software, available at the workstation.
Dragon Naturally Speaking Guide 


A screen reader that works with a computer to provide access to software applications and the Internet. 
JAWs Training

Canon DR-2850C Scanner:

This is a duplexing scanner. The instructions are located at the Adaptive Technology Computer next to the scanner.

Kurzweil 1000:

A scanning, reading and writing software for use by people who are blind, visually impaired, or who have specific learning disabilities. 
Reference GuideUsing The KeypadKeypad Maps, and Quick Tour Guide.

Also includes a Classic Literature CD
The Classic Literature CD is a portable library of approximately 1,800 electronic texts, selected from public domain material available from websites such as


Adaptive software that provides advanced screen magnification for vision impaired computer users.

In addition to the product materials and documentation linked to above, a binder is available in the Library at the Circulation Desk (on Permanent Reserve) that contains documentation on how to use the adaptive technology software and equipment. If you require training or assistance with using these technologies, please contact the Office of Disability Support Services at (203) 254-4000 ext. 2615.

For library research support, please contact Brooke Duffy, Reference & Instruction Librarian at (203) 254-4000 ext. 4206 or e-mail for assistance.

If there are any technical issues please contact the Circulation Desk at (203) 254-4000 ext 2188 and ask for Technical Assistance and ask for Roxann Riskin.

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Materials in Alternative Formats

The library Media Department purchases non-print materials, including DVDs (most of which provide subtitles), music CDs, CD-ROMs, and streaming formats. If the library does not own what you need in an accessible format, Fairfield University, Office of Disability Support Services (203) 254-4000 ext. 2445 can secure copies in Braille or large print, or on CD (RFBD). They will also provide screen readers and other readers.

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Telephone Assistance

Connecticut Relay Service relays calls between TDD users and non-TDD users within the United States.

1-800-842-9710 (TTY/TDD)
1-800-833-8134 (VOICE)

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