Accessible Software and Apps
The Center for Accessible Technology has accessible software that each student can use. The software settings and apps are to better help students with studying, in the classroom, or on tests. We have software that students can use at The Center for Accessible Technology lab or for personal use.
If you are a student that is interested in using Read & Write Gold, Natural Reader, or Sonocent on your personal computer, you will need to contact the Accessible Education Center (AEC) to schedule an appointment or contact the Accessible Technology Trainer for further questions.
Check out our tutorial materials and training videos on our Tutorial page. We are continuing to update the tutorial material and videos.
Read & Write
Reads E-Text Books, Websites and Docs
Read & Write is a text-to-speech software. E-text books, websites, and documents can be spoken aloud. There are tools that can be used to better strengthen learning. Some of these tools include highlighting text, spell check, screen tint, and more. Read & Write can be installed on PC, Mac and Tablet devices.
If you would like to know more about Read & Write, check out their website: Read & Write website
Natural Reader is a text-to-speech software. Convert any text or document into natural-sounding voices. It supports PDF, text documents, and more. Natural Reader can be installed on PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices.
If you would like to know more about Natural Reader, check out their website: Natural Reader website
Audio Notetaker Software
Sonocent is a great note-taking software for taking notes in the classroom. Sonocent helps you Capture by recording the lecture, Annotate by color coding recordings and adding slides, Review by listening back and adding notes in text pane. Lastly, Engage by exporting lectures or text notes. Sonocent can be installed on PC, Mac, iOS and Android devices.
If you would like to know more about Sonocent, check out their website: Sonocent website
The Center for Accessible Technology offers training on Mac and iOS hardware and software. We teach Dictation, Speech, Reader View, VoiceOver, Zoom and Display Settings, Switch Control, AssistiveTouch, Guided Access, Captions, and many more Accessibility settings.
If you would like to know more about Apple software check out their website: Apple website
Accessibility Extensions & Study Features
Google Chrome has a variety of accessibility extensions and study features. The following are some of the extensions available. Readability Redux removes unnecessary elements from a webpage. Chrome Vox reads all items on the screen, like Voiceover or Jaws does. Screen Shader puts a color overlay on the screen. Text Narrator reads any text that is selected aloud.
If you would like to know more about Chrome Extensions, check out their website: Chrome Extensions website
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Voice Recognition Software
Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice recognition software. Students can navigate the computer by using voice commands. The software is easy to setup. Students can use this software at The Center for Accessible Technology lab or in the AEC Testing facility. This software is great for writing long papers or while taking a test. This software is useful for those who type less than 20 words a minute. It can dictate into most word processing programs at 50+ wpm.
If you would like to know more about Dragon Naturally Speaking, check out their website: Dragon website
JAWS is a computer screen reader program for Microsoft Windows. It allows blind and visually impaired users to read the screen using a text-to-speech output, and can be navigated using keyboard shortcuts.
If you would like to know more about Jaws, check out their website: Jaws website