Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

Mount Holyoke College strives to ensure all students have equal access to computing opportunities.  Some options are open to everyone at Mount Holyoke, while other options are available to students registered with AccessAbility Services who have demonstrated a need for more specialized approaches. 

Assistive Software across Campus:

Read&Write Gold

Read & Write Gold 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 anyone on campus, including students without documented disabilities. Read and Write Gold licenses require annual access code renewals and licenses terminate upon graduation or withdrawal from the college. 

Please click the link to download the program


Mount Holyoke 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.

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

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

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 in AccessAbility Services on the ground level of Wilder Hall, is a study and testing space for students registered with AccessAbility Services and is accessible 24-hours a day with granted swipe-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. These programs can 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:

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

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

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

AccessAbility Services has a LiveScribe Smartpen for demo purposes only.  We offer short-term equipment loans for students who would like to try specific AT hardware.  This equipment includes a PC laptop, a stand microphone, and a rollerball mouse. 

Please see our Supplemental Resource Guide for free or low-cost apps, plug-ins, and downloads.

If you would like to access the AT Lab or learn more about how these tools might be helpful to your individual learning needs, please contact our Technology Access Coordinator, Emily Dean to schedule an appointment. She can be reached by phone at 413-538-2524 or by email at

Software for your personal computer:

In addition to our AT lab, we offer limited Kurzweil 3000 licenses for student personal laptops.

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 or English Language Learners (ELL). 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 (dual highlighting). The program also includes various research, writing, and study skill tools. Licenses for this software are limited and end upon graduation or student withdrawal from Mount Holyoke College. 

If you’d like to learn more about installing Kurzweil 3000, please contact our Technology Access Coordinator, Emily Dean to schedule an appointment. She can be reached by phone at 413-538-2524 or by email at

Technical Support:

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


Read & Write Gold:

Dragon Naturally Speaking:

For PC:

For Mac: