Universal Design & Assistive Technology


Read and Write Gold, a screen reading software program, is available to all students, faculty, and staff for their reading, writing, and studying processes. Students who use reading technology typically see positive results, such as:

  • Enhanced auditory and visual learning
  • Reduced distractions while reading
  • The ability read for longer periods of time
  • Increased interactive learning
  • Reduced fatigue while reading
  • More effective and efficient reading
  • Improved comprehension
  • Better writing skills and processes
  • Enhanced overall learning

Read & Write Gold offers the following tools and strategies:

  • Text to speech
  • Phonetic spell check
  • Verb checker 
  • Digital highlighting
  • Talking Calculator

Read and Write Gold is available for Windows as well as Apple computers.  To learn more or to have this software installed, please contact Disability Services to schedule an appointment.  

Students who registered with Disability Services, have purchased conventional textbooks, and require electronic formats of their books are eligible to receive PDF and DAISY versions of their books. These files will be provided on CD-ROM and are intended to be used with the Read and Write software.  In order to request e-texts through Disability Services, students must provide proof of purchase for their textbooks and complete the following forms: 

Reading Technology Request Form (one for each textbook)
Reading Technology Agreement Form

Students who are registered with Disability Services and require note taking assistance as an accommodation are eligible to participate in our Smart Pen program. Participating students will be provided with a smartpen, digital paper, and the accompanying software application to use for one semester.  Smart Pens allow students to record the audio of a lecture and pair it with the written notes for studying.  This assures that students are able to experience any part of a lecture for clarity.  The smartpen assists with these tasks:

  • Provides accurate note taking
  • Organizes notes chronologically and in digital format
  • Ensures students never miss any part of the lecture due to writing notes

Disability Services is dedicated to creating an accessible learning environment that supports students' independence.  To this end, Disability Services continually explores new assistive technology devices and software solutions.  Disability Services works one-on-one with students to find specific software, apps, and devices when the need arises.  This may include:

  • FM transmitters for the hard of hearing
  • Audio recording devices
  • Smartphone and tablet apps for accessibility
  • Screen magnification software
  • Speech to Text software

Appointment/Walk in

Contact Information:

208 Carroll Hall
phone: (919) 760-8427
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