Universal Computers

Accessible Computers

Visit any Island Employment location to use a fully accessible computer for job search. An accessible (or “universal”) computer is different from an ordinary computer in that it’s specially designed to be used by any person, regardless of age or ability, so information and resources are available to all.

All accessible computers come with the following programs:

 

Microsoft Office

Take advantage of Microsoft Office suite programs to create professional-looking documents of all types. Job seekers will have access to all Microsoft Office programs including: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook, OneNote and Publisher.

Learn more about Microsoft Office.

 

UltraKey

Want to learn to type or improve your speed and accuracy? UltraKey is a software that powers the Mavis Beacon Typing Tutor, a popular tool that can help improve typing skills.

Learn more about UltraKey.

 

WinWay Resume Deluxe

Write a better resume and cover letter using WinWay. This software includes over 14,000 resume examples and over 116,000 job-specific phrases and keywords. It can help create persuasive resume, cover letters, ad response letters, interview thank you letters, help you prepare for interviews and more.

Learn more about WinWay Resume Deluxe.

 

Zoomtext

Make screen text larger and easier to see with Zoomtext. This program can also change the colour of the text or background, making the screen easier to see with less glare.

Learn more about Zoomtext.

 

Dragon Professional Individual (Speech Recognition Software)

This software types everything spoken into the microphone. It’s up to 99% accurate and uses deep learning technology to adapt to voices.

Learn more about Dragon Professional Individual.

 

Kurzweil 3000

Students of all ages can use Kurzweil 3000 for help with reading, writing, studying and test-taking. Kurzweil can read text aloud in a variety of voices and speeds.

Learn more about Kurzweil 3000.

 

Job Access With Speech (JAWS)

JAWS is the world’s most popular screen reading software used by people who cannot or have difficulty seeing the computer screen. While the full-featured software sells for over $1500, a 40-minute free version is available to all. When using the free version, computers must be restarted after each session to continue using the software.

Learn more about JAWS.

 

Non-Visual Desktop Access (NVDA)

NVDA is a free screen reading software for those who can’t or have difficulty seeing the computer screen. NVDA reads the text on the screen using a computerized voice and everything is controlled using the keyboard.

Learn more about NVDA.

 

WordQ / SpeakQ 4 (Reading/Writing Software)

Have text read aloud from documents, websites and emails in a clear and pleasant voice with WordQ. If text can be selected, chances are WordQ can read it.

An add-on to WordQ, SpeakQ types out words and phrases spoken into the microphone. It is designed to help people type difficult words using their voice, but is not a substitute for a full-featured dictation software like Dragon Professional.

Learn more about WordQ and SpeakQ .

 

Webcam

The webcam may be used for job interviews or webinars during quiet times, or if the computer is rolled into a quiet room.

 

Ergonomic Mouse

To reduce fatigue and increase comfort while using the computer.

 

Easy Cat Touchpad

Those who have trouble with mobility in their fingers or wrists can simply glide their finger over the smooth surface of the pad and gently tap on the pad or click the buttons to perform all cursor movement functions. Others may just prefer a touchpad over a mouse.

Learn more about Easy Cat Touchpad.

 

Kensington Expert Optical Trackball

This tool offers a larger trackball and scroll ring for maximum precision and control and DiamondEye optical tracking for better accuracy. This tool is great for people who have trouble using a regular mouse or those who just prefer to use a trackball.

Learn more about Kensington Expert Optical Trackball.

 

Helpful iPad Apps

The iPad has many apps available to help with reading, writing, studying, and other tasks. The iPad also has a number of features to make it more accessible.

 

Ergonomic Hardware

All accessible computers come equipped with the following ergonomic features:

  • Ergonomic arm support
  • Ergonomic keyboard wrist rest
  • Ergonomic mouse pad with wrist rest
  • Ergonomic chair
  • iPad with adjustable arm

 

Keyboards

  • English (regular, ergonomic and large print)
  • French (regular, ergonomic and large print)
  • Arabic
  • Chinese
  • Taiwanese
  • Braille Display/Keyboard

 

Scanner

The scanner allows paper-based documents to be converted into digital ones that can be viewed on the computer screen, read aloud by the computer or sent electronically through email.

 

Saving Documents

Because this is a public computer, please save any documents created on the accessible computer to a USB thumb drive or to the Cloud (Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive, etc.).