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Assistive Technology

Azusa Pacific University offers the following assistive technology resources in the William V. Marshburn Memorial Library:


Specialized stations provide wheelchair accessibility and spacious working areas for students with disabilities.

Computer Station

The assisitive technologies available to all students, faculty, and staff are: the Kurzweil 3000, Zoomtext, J.A.W.S., and MagniSight.

Kurzweil 3000

The Kurzweil 3000 is available for the visually impaired and students with dyslexia. Kurzweil enlarges text on a standard computer monitor, reads the text aloud, and highlights text line-by-line. The magnification aides the visually impaired and highlighting helps those with dyslexia.

The Scanner

The scanner that works with the Kurzweil 3000 allows students to copy and digitize both text and graphics. Kurzweil puts a scanned document into digital format and enlarges it on the screen. Once on the screen, the user can then magnify, highlight, or have the document read aloud.


Zoomtext magnifies and enlarges any format on the computer screen. This allows the user to move between programs, documents, and the Internet without continually adjusting settings.

J.A.W.S. (Job Access Word System)

J.A.W.S. reads and translates words in audio format, available in either a male or female voice, and in a variety of languages.


MagniSight magnifies books and other objects by projections on a large monitor. The user places the object in the tray, projects the object onto the monitor, and can adjust, focus, and enlarge the object or book, making it possible to read from a section of the original text.

Closed-Captioned Videos and DVDs

Closed captioned videos or DVDs change spoken words into written text at the bottom of the screen for hearing impaired users.