Accessible Technology

Accessibility Resources offers a number of software, devices, and learning aides, both to students registered with Accessibility Resources and the Bearcat community.

  • Software, hardware, and devices available to students
  • Consultation with an assistive technology specialist
  • Receiving accessible alternative versions of course content and textbooks

Alternative Format and Digital Textbook Procedure

Although the University of Cincinnati strives to create an accessible learning experience, there may be times when it is not possible for course materials (textbooks, journal articles, other academic documents) to be readily available in an accessible format to be used with assistive or adaptive technologies. Students approved for the accommodation may request course materials in alternative formats. Learn more about the alternative format accommodation:

Accessible Technology, Software, and Devices

Accessibility Resources can provide access to and guidance on various assistive and adaptive technologies for student accommodations, as well as resources and recommendations for getting the most out of the available software and devices. Some of the devices and software available are listed below:

Text-to-Speech Software

Speech-to-Text

Learning Tools

Training and Support:

  • Our Digital Access Team offers one-on-one consultation for students who are using or want to learn how to use the assistive technologies available via UC, as well as a wide array of native and open source technologies at students' disposal. 
  • If you'd like more information or would like to set up an appointment, please call Accessibility Resources at 513-556-6823 and request an assistive technology consultation, or email the Digital Access Team directly.

Read&Write

Read&Write literacy support tools offer help with everyday tasks like reading text out loud, understanding unfamiliar words, researching assignments and proofing written work. 

TextHelp offers a free 30-day trial of Read&Write, including access to all features. Full access to Read&Write is available to all current UC students, faculty, and staff. 

  • Download Read&Write
    • Click the "Try Read&Write" button
    • Select your operating system from the drop-down menu to download the program installation file to your device
    • Open the .exe file that is downloaded to your device
    • Open Read&Write program
    • To authenticate full access to the program beyond the free 30-day trial:
      • Sign in when prompted using your UC student (mail.uc.edu or uc.edu) or faculty/staff (ucmail.uc.edu) email account.

TextHelp provides instructions and reference guides to assist you with downloading and using Read & Write, including additional voice options: