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Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking is voice recognition software. This software allows users to talk into a microphone and have their words entered into the computer. It can also control all mouse and keyboard functions through voice commands to provide hands-free access to those individuals with significant physical limitations.

Dragon Software Box

Additional Information & Training Material:
Dragon Naturally Speaking Feature How-to Videos
Dragon Naturally Speaking User’s Guides and Quick Reference Cards
Dragon Dictation App


Inspiration 9

Inspiration is designed to help brainstorm ideas, structure thoughts, communicate concepts, and organize projects in a visual format.  Inspiration can be used to create diagrams, process flows, and turn written notes into visual notes.  To download a FREE trial, visit Inspiration FREE Trial website.


OneNote example

OneNote is a notetaking software from Microsoft that offers a “Master Notebook” in virtual form.  OneNote is a free download to all UMW students and offers the user the ability to type notes, record audio, sketch or write out ideas, organize classes, notes, and freely move items around the pages.

Read & Write Gold

REad & Write Gold image

Read & Write Gold is a customizable, easy to use toolbar that seamlessly integrates with familiar applications including Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, and Adobe Reader, allowing students to access the support tools they need from within mainstream software programs. It highlights and reads text aloud using natural sounding voices and also includes a comprehensive set of support tools for reading, writing, studying, research, and test taking.  ALL UMW students have access to Read & Write across ALL platforms including Windows, Mac, Google Chrome, iPad, and Android.

Read & Write Gold Installation Information for MAC and PC

Additional Information & Training Material:
Video Series: Using Read & Write at University

Zoom Text Magnifier & Reader

Two Computer screens showing enlarged text by using Zoomtext

Zoom Text Magnifier/Reader is a fully integrated magnification and screen reading program that enlarges, enhances and reads aloud everything on the computer screen.

Additional Information & Training Material:
ZoomText Tutorials
ZoomText Documentation