Technology Tutorial

Students who utilize alternative text formats are blind, visually impaired or have a learning disability such as dyslexia, that significantly affects their ability to read printed formats. Commonly used Assistive Technology software at USF is listed below.

Read&Write Gold

Read&Write GOLD (RWG) software helps students achieve their academic goals by providing support tools for reading, writing, and research assignments. RWG features both text-to-speech and speech-to-text conversion, as well as word translation, document scanning, and a talking calculator.


Freedom Scientific's JAWS reads aloud what's on your PC screen. It gives you powerful access to PC applications via speech and Braille while working with all your Microsoft applications. JAWS is also compatible with Microsoft Office Suite, MSN Messenger, Corel WordPerfect, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Internet Explorer, Firefox and more.


Ai Squared's Zoom Text Magnifier is an advanced screen magnification program that enlarges and enhances everything on the computer screen, making your computer easier to see and use.

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition software makes it easier for anyone to use a computer. You talk, and it types. Use your voice to create and edit documents or emails, launch applications, open files, control your mouse, and more.

Natural Reader

NaturalReader is a Text to Speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy to use software can convert any written text such as MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, and Emails into spoken words. NaturalReader can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV for your CD player or iPod..

Microsoft Accessibility Tools

There are no limits to what people can achieve when technology reflects the diversity of everyone who uses it. Discover how Microsoft is empowering students at home and school to achieve more with accessibility capabilities built into Microsoft technologies.

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