Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City
News & Events FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 6/1/2015

OSU-OKC Introduces New Magnification Text-to-Speech Device
(June 4, 2015, Oklahoma City, OK) – Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City’s (OSU-OKC) Disability Services Office recently introduced a new piece of assistive technology for students with low vision as well as cognitive or reading disabilities. The device, called the DaVinci, is a freestanding piece of equipment that offers a magnification function and text-to-speech capability.
OSU-OKC students with disabilities can use the DaVinci to help both magnify printed materials and choose options for color contrast, which proves useful for those with low vision. In addition, the DaVinci uses optical character recognition that allows it to read the text and convert text into speech, which is useful for OSU-OKC students with cognitive or reading disabilities.
“This device will not only help our students as a study tool, but also help them actually improve their reading skills,” said Emily Cheng, OSU-OKC adviser to students with disabilities.  “Obtaining this device reinforces our mission to provide educational opportunities to our diverse community and student population.”
OSU-OKC uses assistive technology, such as the DaVinci, to assist individuals with disabilities with their educational activities and independence.
The device is housed in a private study room in the OSU-OKC library. Training is required before using the device. For more information, contact Cheng at 405-945-3385 or emily.cheng@osuokc.edu.
OSU-OKC is committed to providing full-access educational opportunities and support services to students with disabilities pursuing their educational and career goals. For more information on OSU-OKC’s Disability Services, visit www.osuokc.edu/disability.
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