The IT department, in collaboration with the Accessibility Services Office, supports a wide range of assistive technologies. 

Kurzweil 3000 and Firefly

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.

SensusAccess Document Conversion Service

SensusAccess is an e-mail and web-based service capable of automatically transforming documents into a variety of accessible formats. Learn more about SensusAccess here.


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

Mac Accessibility

Mac OS X and iOS operating systems provide built-in accessibility tools such as dictation, text-to-speech and the screen-reader VoiceOver. These are available on any iOS or Mac computer. Learn more about Mac Accessibility here. 

The following services are available to students requesting accommodations through Accessibility Services

Dragon NaturallySpeaking

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 it through their department or IT.


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


JAWS is a screen reader for Windows. It is currently available in Frost Library Room A25 and upon request