Instructional Media Center

Audio Assistance

Reading Ally (formally known as RFB&D) Audio Books

About RFB&D Audio Books
These disks are purchased by the college from a company that record actual people reading textbooks out-loud. These audio recording include the entire book. The reader also describes the pictures, charts and tables. This version of audio is great for content but is limited to what books they have available. This version also requires either a special program to be loaded on the computer or a special reader to be checked out. A computer alone will not access these files. Once the correct reader is enabled the student is able to go to any page of the text that they select. For those students who are not visually impaired following along with your textbook is strongly recommended to help reinforce the material.


Audio Books produced by Adaptive Technology

Voice Demo (Crystal): Faster Normal Slower
Voice Demo (Kate): Faster Normal Slower
Voice Demo (Tom): Faster Normal Slower
Voice Demo (Paul): Faster Normal Slower

About Audio Books
The audio textbooks that the Adaptive Technology Department produces are converted from a word/PDF document using a combination of computer programs. Then they are edited by Adaptive Technology staff. By communicating with the staff a student can pick a voice that is preferred, we have many voices available. We can include or exclude the side notes. There are many different options for how we can make the books work. Communication of what works best for students will ensure that they get the best results. The downfall of this process is sometimes there are imperfections in the conversion process and these programs do not like math. These files are MP3 format and can be played on any computer. Following along with your text is always strongly recommended. This helps to reinforce the material and you will be referred back to the text for missing formulas or equations.


Portable Listening Assist System

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About Portable Listening Assist Systems
Portable listening assist systems are available for students with hearing impairments that qualify for services. Typically the systems are checked out to the students on a semester basis.


Digital Audio Recorders

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About Digital Audio Recorders
Digital Audio Recorders are available for students that qualify for services. Typically the systems are checked out to the students on a semester basis. Students use the audio recorders to record audio for classes and events for later review.