University of Montana News

Jan 16, 2014 3:29 PM by Mackenzie Lee - KPAX News

New software to help UM students with reading

MISSOULA - A new software at the University of Montana and affiliated campuses will make a big difference for students with learning disabilities this spring.

The Read and Write Gold software will allow students and employees to have whatever is on the computer screen read to them out loud.

The Disability Services for Students department originally wanted it for students with learning disabilities and barriers to print - but found it all UM students could benefit from the program.

The program can translate from 70 languages which also helps students who have English as a second language.

It cost a total of $25,000, and is available at UM, Missoula College, Bitterroot College, Helena College of Technology and Montana Tech in Butte.

"It's a research aid, its at translation aid, it does so many features that if a student has a problem doing something, maybe that solution will be Read and Write Gold," said UM Assistive Technology Coordinator Timothy McHenry.

The program is up and running and available to all students and faculty.

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