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Universal Learning Software

The hardware and software available in the Assistive Technologies Center (ATC) to members of the University community with an ADA-defined disability are listed below. Assistance and consulting are available by contacting the Assistive Technologies Center at atc@umass.edu or 413-545-9623.

Software

Computers in the ATC have IT Computer Classrooms standard software installed. Specific assistive technology software applications installed on ATC workstations include the following.

Windows

  • ABBYY FineReader Professional (optical character recognition software)
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional
  • Dragon (voice recognition software)
  • JAWS (screen reading software)
  • Kurzweil 1000 (document/screen reading software)
  • Kurzweil 3000 (document reading software)
  • Read and Write Gold Edition (literacy software)
  • SensusAccess
  • ZoomText MagReader (screen magnification and document reading software)

Macintosh

  • ABBYY FineReader Express (optical character recognition software)
  • Adobe Acrobat Professional
  • Dragon (voice recognition software)
  • JAWS (screen reading software)
  • Kurzweil 3000 (document reading software)
  • Read and Write Gold Edition (literacy software)

Some of the software in this list is available at no cost to UMass Amherst students, faculty, and staff. See the download links for more information. 

Program Description Download
Kurzweil & Firefly

Kurzweil 3000 and Firefly offers extensive and comprehensive text-to-speech, reading comprehension, and study tool supports. 

Register for a username and password with Kurzweil.

Register a username  

Windows download 

Macintosh download

iPad App

Web App

Read&Write Gold TextHelp’s Read & Write Gold program supports speech-to-text, text-to-speech, OCR, study tools, vocabulary, reading comprehension, and much more.

Windows download

Windows installation instructions

Macintosh download

Macintosh installation instructions

Chrome extension