Read&Write Gold is a program to assist with reading and writing, It will read aloud digital texts—from Word documents to the Web to scanned PDFs, and has features to assist with outlining, research citations, proofreading, vocabulary-building, and more. Read&Write Gold (RWG) works with a floating, customizable toolbar. Users can adjust the settings to their preferred voice and speed and even convert written texts to an MP3 audio file to save to iTunes.
Video features for each RWG feature are available on the TextHelp software’s website by going to the tutorial section (be sure to choose Mac or PC). Users can also sign up for public training webinars.
All Dickinson students and faculty can download RWG to their computers by going to the Gateway and selecting “Academic Resources.” Students can also find Read&Write Gold on the computers in the following locations in the Waidner-Spahr Library: Alden Room, Information Commons, IC Classroom, and the Reference Commons.
Converting Books and Texts to Audio
Students who would like to convert their books to audio format should contact the Office of Disability Services to determine whether they would be eligible for enrollment in Bookshare, which hosts a collection of books in digital format. ODS can also write to book publishers for eligible students to request a copy of books in digital format.
ODS has a limited number of LiveScribe Smartpens available for checkout for students with a note-taking accommodations. Smartpens record audio while the user writes notes, linking the audio with the time when the notes were written and allowing students to replay what was said.
For students who wish to use a program that will type the words they dictate, ODS has dictation software available to loan for both Mac and PC users.
Individuals with dyslexia may want to consider downloading and using Dyslexie--a font designed to assuage the challenges often posed by reading traditional fonts. This video provides a demonstration of its use.
Disability Services has a Farview portable magnifying system available for loan. A CCTV Clearview+ Magnifying System that enables users to zoom in on small print materials is located on the upper level of the library.
Resources on Library Computers
The Waidner-Spahr Library provides a variety of assistive technology resources available to all Dickinson students. Adobe Acrobat Reader 9 and Microsoft Windows 7 Ease of Access Center are installed on all computers in the library. Both contain a read-out-loud feature, as well as several other helpful attributes.
In addition to the RWG software noted above, Ghost Reader, another screen reading software, is available on two Mac computers located in the Alden room on the lower level of the library, near the back wall. Ghost Reader will read aloud PDFs, text files, and Microsoft Word documents to its user.
For more a more detailed description on any of the above information, please contact ODS.