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Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is technology used by individuals with disabilities in order to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible.

Assistive technology can include mobility devices such as walkers and wheelchairs, as well as hardware, software, and peripherals that assist people with disabilities in accessing computers or other information technologies. For example, people with limited hand function may use a keyboard with large keys or a special mouse to operate a computer, people who are blind may use software that reads text on the screen in a computer-generated voice, people with low vision may use software that enlarges screen content, people who are deaf may use a TTY (text telephone), or people with speech impairments may use a device that speaks out loud as they enter text via a keyboard.

For more information, see the AccessIT Knowledge Base article What is accessible electronic and information technology?

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Read&Write Gold Software is a flexible Read&Write literacy software solution to help with reading, writing, studying, and research on the Desktop, in the Cloud, or on an iPad. More info here! 

This software is available for use by all Washington College students, faculty, and staff. RWG is currently installed in all the computers on the first floor of Miller Library including the Newlin Room. If you would like to have RWG installed on your personal computer or use the available mobile apps, please see go to the OIT Help Desk with your computer or device. 

Check out these videos for ways to use RWG!

Success Through Technology: Creating a Study Guide from Your Notes (from The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity)

Success Through Technology: Using Read & Write Gold to Convert Your Notes to Audio mp3s (from The Yale Center for Dyslexia & Creativity)

Interactive Note taking with Read&Write Gold 

Using Read&Write Gold - Organizing for Writing

Using Read&Write Gold - Vocabulary List Builder Modifications

Read&Write Gold’s Tools and Strategies for Struggling Writers

Read&Write Gold’s Support Tools for English Language Learners

For more information, contact  Andrea Vassar at 410-778-7883 or .

If you have difficulty accessing any portions of this page with assistive technology, please contact Andrea Vassar at 410.778.7883 or at .