Read & Write GOLD
Read & Write GOLD by TextHelp Systems supports people who struggle with reading and writing, learning English, or who have learning disabilities such as dyslexia. This software offers flexible literacy solutions to help with reading, writing, studying, and research. This software is available to the public, and does not require approval for disability services. Shoreline Community College owns an unlimited site license, allowing this software to be available for all Mac and PC computers on and off campus.
- Students and employees who wish to use the product off-campus may download a Remote User Copy.
- Instructions to install the product on a networked, on-campus PC.
- If you would like Read & Write GOLD installed on an on-campus Mac, please notify Services for Students with Disabilities.
- Videos about how to use this product can be found here.
- Instructions on reading PDFs can be found here.
MAGic and JAWS
MAGic and JAWS software by Freedom Scientific are available from any networked PC
at Shoreline Community College. This software is available to the public, and does
not require approval for disability services. They are intended to assist individuals
with visual impairments. MAGic magnifies the screen, provides contrast and color
options, and reads selections out loud. JAWS provides complete navigation of a computer
using a keyboard with audio feedback.
Please call Services for Students with Disabilities for assistance with installation of this software at 206-546-4545.
Dragon Naturally Speaking, and Dragon Dictate for Mac, are programs by Nuance that facilitate speech to text. The user of this product speaks into a microphone to allow hands-free navigation of computer systems, writing documents, and interaction with other applications. There is only one computer equipped with Dragon for public use, located in the lower Library computer lab. Dragon works best with minimal background noise. Students must be approved for disability accommodations in order to use the other Services for Students with Disabilities computers equipped with Dragon in a quiet room.
Smartpens are accompanied by a special notebook. The pen allows audio recording while writing notes. Using the notebook, the user is able to navigate the audio transcript corresponding with what was written on the page. Smartpens can also convert handwritten to typed text with computer-based software.
Services for Students with Disabilities can check out Pocketalker, Phonic Ear, and Motiva Personal FM systems. These devices allow a person with a hearing impairment to listen to speech through headphones with adjustable volume, while reducing echo and background noise. The microphone can be worn by the speaker, or placed on the table of a conference room. Students must be approved for disability services to use this equipment.
Services for Students with Disabilities can supply magnification screens to students in class, or in a testing room, with approval of disability accommodations. Students and the public have access to the pair of CCTV stations in the 2nd floor of the library, near the copy machine area.
The Z phone is available for the public, located in the Library, 2nd floor, behind the reference desk. This videophone allows Deaf callers to contact cell phones, landlines, and other videophones.
Other Technology and Equipment
This list does includes some, but not all, of the accessible/adaptive technology available to students. For all other inquiries about accessible technology, please contact Services for Students with Disabilities at 206-546-4545.