Read & Write Gold, a screen reading software program, is available to all students, faculty, and staff for reading, writing, and studying.
Read & Write Gold highlights and reads aloud any word, sentence, or paragraph in your document, providing both audio and visual learning components as you read. Other features include:
Read and Write Gold is available for Windows as well as Apple computers. To learn more, please contact Disability Services.
Students who use reading technology typically see positive results, such as:
Students who are certified 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 flash drive and are intended to be used with the Read & Write Gold 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)
Students who are certified 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 Smart Pen, one digital notebook, 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 students are able to review any part of a lecture for clarity. The Smart Pen assists with these tasks:
Other Assistive Technology
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:
Universal Design is the principle of designing all products and built environments so they are aesthetic and usable to the greatest extent by everyone, regardless of ability or age. It can be applied to the design of learning experiences as well. “Universal Design” was coined by Ron Mace, an engineer with a disability who founded the Center for Universal Design at NC State University in 1989. The Center for Universal Design is a national information, technical assistance and research leader which promotes greater accessibility for all. More information and resources related to Universal Design.
PRINCIPLES OF UNIVERSAL DESIGN
Click here for a color poster illustrating these principles
Please note that the Principles of Universal Design address only universally usable design, while the practice of design involves more than consideration for usability. Designers must also incorporate other considerations such as economic, engineering, cultural, gender, and environmental concerns in their design processes. These Principles offer designers guidance to better integrate features that meet the needs of as many users as possible.
PRINCIPLES OF UNIVERSAL DESIGN FOR LEARNING
Universal Design for learning is a set of principles for flexible curriculum development that can be tailored to individuals’ needs so that all individuals have an equal opportunity to learn.
The three principles are based on neuroscience research, and this is a simplified explanation. Click here for a color poster describing these principles in detail. For additional information, visit the National Center on Universal Design for Learning website.