Access Services for Students with Disabilities

Assistive Technology (AT) Lab

What is Assistive Technology or “AT”

Assistive Technology is software, hardware, and/or strategies deisgned to help students succeed with his or her academic endeavors. 

NEW: Read and Write Gold - FREE DOWNLOAD for all students, staff, and faculty!

Read and Write Gold is a robust software application that contains reading, writing, studying, & research tools, and integrates with common applications such as MS Word, and Adobe .PDF files.

It has many functions including screen reading and dictation capabilities!  

All you need to access this download is your Evergreen login credentials (username and password), and an internet connection.  Please note that this may take up to 30-45 minutes to install, depending on your internet speed.  

Click here for up-to-date install instructions for PC. 

To download for PC:

To download for Mac:

For more information about Read and Write Gold, please visit TextHelp's webpage

Where we are:

We are located on the main floor of the Library in room 2318. 

What we have available in our lab:Socrates Image

Three computers with scanners, on adjustable height tables loaded with the following software.

  • Read & Write Gold
  • J.A.W.S. -- Screen Reader
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking -- Speech Recognition, STT
  • Inspiration -- Executive Function support, Visual and Organizational
  • ZoomText -- Screen Magnifier
  • Learning Ally -- Daisy Reader

As well as CCTV, Ergonomic Keyboards, Alternative Mice, Keyboards with Large Letters and Dragon Certified Headsets for dictation.

Types of Assistive Technology

Screen Reader or Text-to-Speech (TTS)

  • a software application that interprets what is being displayed on the screen (headings, text, hyperlinks and accessible photos), then presents it to the user with text-to-speech.

Speech Recognition or Speech-to-Text (STT)

  • translates spoken words into text. It is also known as "automatic speech recognition", "speech to text", or just "STT" Used to dictate text or control a computer.

Executive Function Support Software

  • Assists with Organizational Tasks, Time Management, Planning and Mind Mapping, Visual Learning and Thinking

Screen Magnifier

  • Software application that visually magnifies everything on a computer screen.

Daisy Reader

  • Software or Hardware used for listing to daisy formatted books. Used for students with Visual Impairment or Learning Disabilities.

Anne Carpenter
Coordinator, Assistive Technology Services
The Evergreen State College
(360) 867-6090
Office - Library 2314