The Campus Accessible Technology Team purchased a Read&Write Gold (R&WG) site license. R&WG software was developed primarily to assist students with print disabilities, but has the capacity to help all individuals succeed. It provides a customizable toolbar, which integrates with other applications. This toolbar "floats" on your screen, or docks to a locked position, offering help as you work. It can aid reading, writing, study skills, and research.
Some of its features are presented in a three part Read&Write Gold (R&WG) Tools series:
Read&Write Gold Usage
Institutions such as Southern New Hampshire University are using R&WG with:
- English Classes
- International Students
- Education Majors
- Jump Start (an early college boot camp program)
- Continuing Education
Read&Write Gold is being used in work environments to help employees with daily tasks. As Daniel Atubo, Ground Maintenance Supervisor at Epsom and Ewell Borough Council (EEBC) has explained:
When I was promoted to the position of supervisor, I wanted to ensure I didn't make mistakes in my work especially when sending emails. After having a conversation with my manager, who is also dyslexic, he suggested that I may be a visual learner and I should try to visualize how words are spelt. He also mentioned he was using Texthelp's Read&Write Gold text-to-speech literacy support software. After seeing him use it I had it installed on my computer and it has made a big difference. EEBC has a site licence for Read&Write Gold which means it is available on all computers within the organization...tested the software to make sure it worked and I am really happy with it. It helps improve productivity throughout the council, even for those without dyslexia.
How to Get Read&Write Gold
As previously announced, UMD students, faculty and staff have access to Read&Write Gold. It has been installed and is available on all ITSS lab computers and on Library 122, 124, and 126 computers. ITSS is in the process of making it available in Active Directory. Read&Write Gold may be installed on any UMD owned computer. If you run a lab in partnership with ITSS and would like to install it there, please contact Greg Mattsen, firstname.lastname@example.org.
How to "Take Home" Read&Write Gold
All UMD students, faculty, and staff may download a "Take Home" version for their personally owned computers.
- Windows 10 Download and Installation Instructions
- Windows 7 and 8 Download and Installation Instructions
- Mac Download and Installation Instructions
If you need assistance please call or stop by the ITSS TechCenter Help Desk (218-726-8847, Kirby Plaza 165).
Further Read&Write Gold Information
The vendor, TextHelp, provides extensive documentation and Webinars regarding how to use Read&Write Gold.
- Windows (works best with Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, and Adobe Reader)
- Mac (works best with Microsoft Word, Safari and Adobe Reader)
- Read&Write Gold Videos
- Read&Write Gold Webinars