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Assistive Technology Resources

Assistive technology - any software or equipment that supports mobility, learning and communication - allows learners of all abilities to make their educational experience more accessible

Read&Write software

Freely available to all students for at-home use, this program can read PDFs, Word documents, and webpages out loud, including Moodle content. It includes a dictation feature called Talk&Type, so you aren't limited to your keyboard when writing. It can also help you make more efficient study notes, provide word prediction when writing essays and reports, and so much more. Read&Write is freely available (and completely optional) to all TRU students, staff, and faculty, and can be accessed by following these steps:

  1. Have a look at Read&Write for more information. You’ll see instructions to download Read&Write. Please sign in to Read&Write with the Microsoft option, and use your TRU email address.
  2. After you’ve installed Read&Write, feel free to play around with the program and see what it can do. If you find it helpful to learn from videos, we recommend a great YouTube playlist that goes over the features in more detail. IT Services has more resources on the Read&Write software.

Read & Write is an assistive program available free of charge to TRU students. This video explains how to download and explores program highlights.

If you have any questions about Read&Write, or encounter compatibility issues with Moodle or other online content, please don’t hesitate to email the Assistive Technology Specialist at

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Please note: TRU does not officially endorse any of the following apps or extensions. Please read the terms and conditions carefully for any app, and use at your own discretion.

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