Rock Valley College

Specialty Software

The software listed below is provided by Rock Valley College Disability Support Services (DSS) in different locations throughout campus.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a speech recognition program designed to allow users to dictate documents, send emails, search the Internet, and to control their computer by the use of their voice. It provides new levels of personal productivity with ease.


JAWS is a powerful accessibility tool that reads text on your screen using synthesized speech. JAWS provides many useful commands that make it easier to use programs, edit documents, and read web pages.

Kurzweil 3000

Kurzweil 3000 is a text-to-speech learning tool that makes reading, writing, test taking, and accessing a curriculum accessible to all students. It is particularly appropriate for students with learning disabilities such as: dyslexia, those who require reading intervention, students who are struggling with reading comprehension, and students of English as a second language (ESL).


ZoomText is a fully integrated magnification and screen reading program that enlarges, enhances, and reads aloud everything on the computer screen.

Locations of where to use the software above
  • Woodward Technology Center Lab 145 (main lab)
  • Educational Resource Center Room 1114 (Assistive Technology lab)
  • Student Center Lab 1100
  • Stenstrom Center for Career Education Lab 161
Need help utilizing the software?

Each company that provides the software will have a support page that contains useful resources for their product. You can also request to have one-on-one time with the Assistive Technology Specialist to get familiar with the software available. You can call (815) 921-2371 or fill out this form for assistance.