Access Services for Students with Disabilities

Assistive Technology (AT) Lab

What is Assistive Technology or “AT”

Assistive Technology is software, hardware, and/or strategies deisgned to help students succeed with his or her academic endeavors. 

Fill out the Assistive Technology Lab Questionnaire.

Where we are:

We are located on the main floor of the Library in room 2318. 

NEW! Free to the entire Evergreen Community… Read & Write Gold literacy software on your own desktop or laptop, PC or Mac!

Read & Write Gold (RWG) is a robust literacy software package that provides Universal Design for Learning (UDL) tools that benefit all students.

The software package includes multiple functions including:

  • Screen Reader
  • Speech to Text
  • Grammatical tools
  • Research Tools

We are excited to provide free full versions of RWG to all students, faculty, and staff. All you need to access the download is your Evergreen username and password. Once downloaded, unzip the folder, and open the install instructions file. Please note that the download times may be in excess of 30 minutes. 

Select the appropriate download link, and enter your Evergreen credentials when prompted. 

For Mac download:

For PC download:

If you experience problems, or have questions or comments please contact the Assistive Technology Services office at 360-867-6090, or come by the AT office at room 2314 (located in the library, main floor). 

What we have available in our lab:Socrates Image

Three computers with scanners, on adjustable height tables loaded with the following software.

  • Read & Write Gold
  • J.A.W.S. -- Screen Reader
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking -- Speech Recognition, STT
  • Inspiration -- Executive Function support, Visual and Organizational
  • ZoomText -- Screen Magnifier
  • Learning Ally -- Daisy Reader

As well as CCTV, Ergonomic Keyboards, Alternative Mice, Keyboards with Large Letters and Dragon Certified Headsets for dictation.

Types of Assistive Technology

Screen Reader or Text-to-Speech (TTS)

  • a software application that interprets what is being displayed on the screen (headings, text, hyperlinks and accessible photos), then presents it to the user with text-to-speech.

Speech Recognition or Speech-to-Text (STT)

  • translates spoken words into text. It is also known as "automatic speech recognition", "speech to text", or just "STT" Used to dictate text or control a computer.

Executive Function Support Software

  • Assists with Organizational Tasks, Time Management, Planning and Mind Mapping, Visual Learning and Thinking

Screen Magnifier

  • Software application that visually magnifies everything on a computer screen.

Daisy Reader

  • Software or Hardware used for listing to daisy formatted books. Used for students with Visual Impairment or Learning Disabilities.

Chris Novelli
Coordinator, Assistive Technology Services
The Evergreen State College
(360) 867-6090
Office - Library 2314