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 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.
Please click the link to download the program.

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.

LITS offers assistive technology tools in their labs and study spaces. Please follow the link below to see what software and hardware is available:

The Language Resource Center (LRC)
The Language Resource Center offers many language specific software applications to assist in learning languages. Please follow the link below to their website which explains what software is available:

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 24-hours a day, 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. The programs and equipment in the AT Lab provide tools and strategies to assist students whose disability may present challenges with reading, writing, memory, or organization. Some programs offered in our AT lab include:

  • Read & Write
  • Dancing Dots Music Braille Translator
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking*
  • Duxbury Braille Translator
  • JAWS
  • Kurzweil 3000
  • ZoomText

We offer support on a variety of miscellaneous assistive technology apps, plug-ins, and downloads, such as:

  • Audacity
  • AudioNote
  • Balabolka
  • Readers
  • Evernote
  • Ginger
  • Livescribe Pen Software
  • Mac Speech and Dictate
  • ScanTailor

*Dragon Naturally Speaking is installed on a loaner laptop and available for borrowing from the Circulation desk in the library.

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

In addition to this software and hardware, please request a copy of our Supplemental Resource Guide for free or low-cost apps, plug-ins, and downloads.

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

External Resources

Augsberg University has created an excellent online resource of free and low cost tools.

Online Technical Support:

Please see below for instructional videos on how to access features in Kurzweil, Read & Write, and Dragon Naturally Speaking.


Read & Write:

Dragon Naturally Speaking:
For PC:
For Mac: