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Services for Students with Disabilities

Read&Write

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The office of Services for Students with Disabilities (SSD) offers the literacy software called Read&Write by TextHelp to all Fresno State students, faculty, and staff for free by using the Fresno State email and password. More information is provided below on the Read&Write software, please contact the SSD office by email at ssdstaff@mail.fresnostate.edu or by phone at 559-278-2811 for more information. 

Read&Write is a software that specializes in Reading, Writing and Research to assist students with the demands of higher education. The software is available on PC, Mac, and Chromebook/Browser.

Reading Tools:

  • Have content read out loud!
  • Ability to read accessible and non-accessible content. Includes PDFs, Word DOCXs, and web content.
  • Customize reading output such as customizing voices, languages, reading speeds, and how the software can pronounce words.
  • Custom dictionary to look up unfamiliar words and view images of the meaning of the word.

Writing Tools:

  • Custom spelling, grammer, and punctuation checker.
  • Use dictation software to speak the content out loud and have the software write it down.
  • Create voice notes

Research:

  • Custom Highlighting to outline content on PDFs, Word DOCXs, and web content.
  • Create custom notes and vocabulary based on highlighted content buy collecting highlights

Other:

  • Custom tools to create MP3 files of content to be played on any compatible device.
  • Translation feature to convert written text to another language as well as have it read out loud with the appropriate accents.
  • Customize the screen viewing area by adjusting brightness or visual cues to easily track the mouse cursor.

Please visit TextHelp's Read&Write website for the latest version.

PC and Mac users:

  • Visit the Read&Write website.
  • Click on "Try Read&Write Today".
  • Select what platform (PC or Mac) to download R&W.
  • Install Read&Write Software.
  • Sign-in to Read&Write.
  • Select “Sign in with Google” with the Fresno State email and password.

Chromebook users:

  • Create a new Chromebook user with the Fresno State email.
  • Sign into the Chromebook as the new user.
  • Visit the Read&Write website.
  • Click on "Try Read&Write Today".
  • Select Chrome and download R&W.
  • Install Read&Write Software.
  • Sign-in to Read&Write.
  • Select “Sign in with Google” with the Fresno State email and password.

If any assistance in installing Read&Write or training on how to use the software is needed, please contact SSD to make an appointment with the Assistive Technology Coordinator by email at ssdstaff@mail.fresnostate.edu or by phone at 559-278-2811 for more information.

 

Below are YouTube videos hosted by TextHelp to offer a quick tutorial on each Read&Write feature:

Additional support is offered by the Assistive Technology Coordinator, please contact the SSD office to request an appointment by phone at 559-278-2811 or by email at ssdstaff@csufresno.edu.

SSD is responsible for the following areas regarding Read&Write:

  • Providing training to students registered with the SSD office on how to best use the software to access instructional materials and testing materials.
  • Providing access to the software in the SSD Computer Lab and Testing rooms to ensure accessibility in those areas.

The campus is responsible for the following areas regarding Read&Write:

  • The Fresno State campus is responsible for procuring TextHelp’s Read&Write software for all students, faculty and staff for campus and home usage contingent on an active Fresno State username and password.
  • Fresno State has also committed to ensuring that all campus computers that students have access to will have the Read&Write software installed.

Open Computer Labs on campus with Read&Write:

  • Agriculture Bldg. - Room 101 - PC #10, #11, #12
  • Thomas Bldg. - Career Services - Room 103
  • Industrial Technology Bldg. Room 512 - PC #20 and #24
  • Fresno State Library - Lower Level – (Ask at Front Desk)
  • Fresno State Library – 1st Floor – Behind DISCOVERe Hub (Ask Reference Desk)
  • Testing Services – (Ask Testing Staff)
  • Social Sciences - Room 202 Lab

Please note: The various areas on campus with computer access may not be able to offer the student direct support on how to use assistive software. Please view the Read&Write instructional videos posted on this website.

 

For more information, please visit SSD’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) or contact the SSD office by email at ssdstaff@mail.fresnostate.edu or by phone at 559-278-2811 for more information.