Information Technology partners with Accessibility Services to provide a wide range of assistive technologies. If you are a student that requires any assistive technology, reach out to Accessibility Services. If you are a faculty or staff member who requires any assistive technology, talk to your department head or supervisor, or reach out to the Office of Human Resources.  

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Speech-to-Text / Dictation 

Google Docs Voice Typing Google Docs Logo

Google Docs has a built-in "Voice Typing" feature that allows typing and editing via voice commands. Note: this feature is only available in Chrome browsers. Learn how to type with your voice in Google Docs here. (Free)

Mac Dictation Mac Accessibility Logo

Mac OS X and iOS operating systems provide a built-in Dictation tool. This tool is available in the Keyboard settings on any Mac computer, and via the Microphone icon on the iOS keyboard. Learn more about Mac dictation here. (Free)

Windows Voice Recognition Microsoft Logo

Windows 10 and 11 have built-in speech recognition. Learn more about Windows voice recognition here.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Dragon Naturally Speaking Logo

Dragon provides speech recognition for voice control of computer and voice input. Students can request Dragon as an accommodation through the Accessibility Services Office, and employees can request the tool through their department or Human Resources. Note: Dragon is no longer available for Mac computers. (College-Purchased) 


Text-to-Speech 

Kurzweil 3000 and Firefly Kurzweil 3000 Logo

Kurzweil is a text-to-speech program with a large set of features that support reading and writing. Amherst has a site license for Kurzweil which makes it available to every current employee and student to install on the device of their choice. Get started with Kurzweil. (College-Purchased)

Mac Speech Mac Accessibility Logo

Mac OS X and iOS operating systems provide a built-in text-to-speech tool, which can be found in the Accessibility settings. Learn more about Mac speech here. (Free)

Bookshare Bookshare Logo

Bookshare provides a large library of accessible eBooks. The college can provide individual Bookshare accounts to students who are registered with the Accessibility Services Office. Students must also meet Bookshare's eligibility requirements. (College-Purchased)

SensusAccess Document Conversion Service SensusAccess Logo

SensusAccess is an e-mail and web-based service capable of automatically transforming documents into a variety of accessible formats, including converting text into an MP3 file. Learn more about SensusAccess here. (College-Purchased) 


Screen Readers

JAWS JAWS Logo

JAWS is a screen reader for Windows. Students can request Jaws as an accommodation through the Accessibility Services Office, and employees can request the tool through their department or Human Resources. (College-Purchased)

NVDA  NVDA Logo

NVDA is an open-source screen reader for Windows. It is currently installed on all Windows computers in public computer centers. Individuals can download NVDA here. (Free)

VoiceOver for Mac Mac Accessibility Logo

Mac OS X and iOS operating systems provide a built-in screen-reader called VoiceOver, which can be found in the Accessibility settings. Learn more about Voice Over here. (Free) 


Additional Resources