Have a PDF document read to you by the computer

All campus computers are equipped with Read & Write software and Adobe Acrobat Professional! Use these programs to read documents aloud. After opening your PDF document:
For Read & Write:
  1. Open Read & Write software by clicking on the "rw puzzle piece" icon
  2. On the toolbar, click PDF
  3. Find the PDF file you would like to be read and click to open
  4. Use the toolbar to hear the document

For Adobe Acrobat reader:

  1. In the Adobe toolbar, click on VIEW.
  2. In the down down menu, click on READ OUT LOUD.
  3. In the side menu, click on ACTIVATE READ OUT LOUD. 

Asstistive Technology Solutions & Accessibility Options

Tools for students:

Read & Write
Read & Write is a screen reading software available on all campus computers and compatible for download to personal computers through myMount.

To access on MyMount:

  1. Access the Read and Write Take Home Version section of the Software page underneath Technology. You will need to be logged in to myMount to access this content.
  2. Follow installation instructions for your Mac or PC computer

Features of Read & Write:

  • Reads PDF documents, Word documents, and internet web pages through the use of a toolbar at the top of your screen
  • Additional tools available for organizing study materials and retrieving information
  • Manage settings through toolbar
  • Instructional videos for each toolbar feature
  1. CCTV
  • Magnifies instructional material including graphs and charts from print based sources
  • Facilitates access to material presented on a blackboard or projection screen
  • Place material to be magnified under projector
  • Available for use in the Learning Center

Color Contrast, Large Print Keyboard

  • ZoomText Keyboard
  • For users who struggle to see the lettering on the keyboard
  • 36-point text and high-contrast color scheme
  • Eighteen dedicated buttons allow users to instantly start ZoomText functions
  • Available on computers in the Learning Center

Offers some accessibility tools. EX: Narrator, Magnifier, On-Screen Keyboard, High Contrast

  1. You can find by clicking All Programs-Accessories – Ease of Access-Ease of Access center to see all tools
  2. Narrator
  3. A menu pops up. Follow the directions to enable it. 
  4. Choose Voice Settings on the menu for speed, volume, and pitch.

Alternate Text and resources

Read & Write, Adobe Reader or Note Pad. E-textbooks can be used in several different ways. With special software such as screen readers or document readers, e-text can be audibly "read" by a computer. E-text may also be converted into MP3 files, which can play on any computer or portable MP3 playing device.

Alternative Text Resources:


Bookshare is an online community that enables scanned books to be shared, thereby eliminating significant duplication of effort. Bookshare takes advantage of a special exemption in the U.S. copyright law that permits the reproduction of publications into specialized formats for the disabled. Copyrighted books are only available for download in the specialized formats of digital Braille (BRF) and the digital talking book format (DAISY), and are only available to people with disabilities that have provided certification of disability. A downloadable copy of the computer software application for reading the DAISY format digital books, called Victor Reader Soft Bookshare.org Edition is included in Bookshare.org membership. The text is displayed on the screen, so it can be read with the adaptive features of the Victor Reader Soft. A student with low vision can use screen-enlarging software to read the material. In combination with screen reader software such as JAWS or Window-Eyes, the book can be listened to with Text to Speech, in a synthetic voice. Cost for book downloads and alternative players as well as the account application are listed on the website.

Website (https://www.bookshare.org/cms/)

Access Text Network

The AccessText Network is a membership exchange network that facilitates and supports the nationwide delivery of alternative files for students with diagnosed print-related disabilities. AccessText provides these textbooks by leveraging an online database powered by Intuit QuickBase® and incorporating publisher-provided information on thousands of textbook titles. Association of American Publishers’ (AAP) Higher Education Committee serves the needs and interests of AAP members who publish for the post-secondary educational market. The committee works in a variety of ways to inform the media, the higher education community including faculty, administrators, college students and their families, and the general public about an industry that is producing the finest higher education instructional materials in the world.

The AccessText Network is supported by post-secondary institutions as well as member publishers.

Website (http://accesstext.org/)