Assistive Technology

Mount Holyoke College strives to ensure all students have equal access to technology on campus and provides a variety of assistive technology. Some options are open to everyone at Mount Holyoke, while other options are available to students registered with AccessAbility Services who qualify for specific assistive technologies.

Faculty and staff should contact Human Resources with assistive technology needs.

Assistive Software across Campus:

Read&Write

Read & Write is a customizable floating toolbar of resources that integrates with applications such as Word, Pages, Internet Browsers, Adobe Acrobat/Reader, and more. The software provides reading, writing, research, and studying supports. This software is available to everyone on campus, including students without documented disabilities. Read and Write licenses require annual access code renewals and licenses terminate upon graduation or withdrawal from the college.

Robobraille
Robobraille is a free, accurate, and safe document conversion tool to which Mount Holyoke subscribes. Upload a file, choose a format, and enter your email address. The converted file is emailed to you within minutes. Available formats include: .doc, .docx, .pdf, .ppt, .pptx, .txt, .xml, .html, .htm, .rtf, .epub, .mobi, .tiff, .tif, .gif, .jpg, .bmp, .pcx, dcx, .j2k, .jp2, .jpx, .djv, and .asc. 

Software for students with disabilities:

The AT Lab
The Assistive Technology Lab (AT Lab), located Reese Hall, Room 228, is a space for students registered with AccessAbility Services and is accessible to students approved for this accommodation, via one-card access.

The AT Lab offers a variety of assistive technology hardware and software tools designed to meet the needs of students with various disabilities. 

Kurzweil 3000
Kurzweil 3000 is a comprehensive reading, writing, and study skills software program that supports students with learning difficulties including dyslexia & attention deficit disorders. The primary feature of this program is its ability to convert printed text to digital text that then can be read aloud as audio as the text is being highlighted on the screen. The program also includes various research, writing, and study skill tools. Licenses for this software are granted through consultation with the Technology Access Coordinator and end upon graduation or student withdrawal from the College.

Hardware for students with disabilities:

AccessAbility Services offers demos and short-term equipment loans for students who would like to try specific AT hardware. This hardware includes:

  • Ergonomic keyboard
  • Large print keyboard
  • LiveScribe Smartpen
  • Stand microphone
  • Rollerball mouse

If you would like to request access the AT Lab as an accommodation or learn more about how these tools might meet your individual learning needs, please contact our Technology Access Coordinator to schedule an appointment. at 413-538-2634 or by emailing accessability-services@mtholyoke.edu