The Read & Write Gold program is a collection of tools within a toolbar that increase the accessibility of a wide range of documents, files, and web pages for anyone who needs reading or writing support. Features include aid for those who have learning difficulties and/or dyslexia.

Read & Write Gold is compatible with Google Chrome via a downloadable Read & Write Google Extension.

Instructions for use are provided below for the six main features of Read & Write Gold:

  1. Audio Maker
  2. PDF Reader
  3. Read Aloud
  4. Scan
  5. Screen Masking
  6. Talk and Type
NOTE: Read & Write Gold is an application that is not readily accessible to everyone. If this application would help you, email academic.services@vcsu.edu and ask about getting Read & Write Gold installed on your computer.

Audio Maker

Audio Maker allows you to turn text into speech. For example, if you are writing a paper and you are having difficulties ensuring your writing makes sense, you can use Audio Maker to have the text read back to you. The following steps will help you use the basic features of Audio Maker.

  1. Click the “” icon found in the Read and Write Toolbar.
  2. Type or paste the text you want to be read aloud.
  3. Click “Preview Audio”
If you want to save the audio file, follow the steps below. 

  1. Click the text under “File Name” to change the name of the audio file.
  2. Click the “” icon.
  3. Find the location that you want to save the audio file to.
  4. Click "Create MP3"
The following figure provides a visual representation for using Audio Maker.

Using Audio Maker

PDF Reader

PDF Reader will take a Printable Downloadable File (PDF) and allow you to have the PDF read aloud to you. The following steps will help you use the basic features of PDF Reader.

NOTE: The PDF you want to be read must already be downloaded and saved to a known location on your computer.

  1. Click the “” icon found in the Read and Write Toolbar. 
  2. Navigate to the PDF you want read aloud.
  3. Click on the “” icon if it is not already selected. (If selected, the icon will have a purple underline.)
  4. Click on a sentence to begin reading.
The following figure provides a visual representation for using PDF Reader.

PDF Reader

Read Aloud

Read Aloud will automatically scan your screen and begin reading all of the words it detects. The sentence that is currently being read will be highlighted. The following steps will help you use the basic features of Read Aloud.

  1. Click the “Play Icon” found in the Read and Write Toolbar to start Read Aloud.
    NOTE: If Read Aloud does not detect any text it will not start. For example, Read Aloud may not read a PDF.
  2. Click the “Pause Icon” to pause Read Aloud.
  3. Click the “Rewind Icon” to begin reading the sentence before the sentence that is currently being read.
  4. Click the “Forward Icon” to skip the current sentence and begin reading the next sentence.
  5. Click the “Stop Icon” to end Read Aloud.

Scan

Scan allows you to take a picture of any physical document and turn it into a PDF that can be then read aloud to you. The following steps will help you use the basic features of Scan.

  1. Click the “” icon found in the Read and Write Toolbar. 
  2. Select your device. The default will be your computers webcam if it has one.
  3. Select the document type.
  4. Select the number of pages.
  5. Click “Scan.”
  6. Click “Snapshot,”
  7. Choose a location to save the PDF.
The following figure provides a visual representation for using Scan.

Scan

Screen Masking

Screen Masking will change the color of your screen which will help you focus on. For example, Screen Masking can help you focus while reading by tinting the color of the line you are currently reading by following your cursor. The following steps will help you use the basic features of Screen Masking.

  1. Click the “” icon found in the Read and Write Toolbar.
  2. Click the “” icon to enter the settings of Screen Masking.
  3. Choose the settings that you want to be applied.
  4. Click the “” icon to exit Screen Masking.
The following figure provides a visual representation for using Screen Masking.

Screen Masking

Talk and Type

Talk and Type uses your computer’s microphone to record your voice and type the words you say. The following steps will help you use the basic features of Talk and Type.

  1. Click the “” icon found in the Read and Write Toolbar. 
  2. Follow the microphone set up Read and Write Gold guides you through.
  3. Start talking and Talk and Type will begin typing what you say. 
  4. If the Talk and Type control is turned off, click the “Microphone Icon” to turn on.
NOTE: The black box within the Talk and Type control will display text such as “Listening,” “Off,” or “What was that?” to notify you if the control is on and can hear you.

The following figure provides a visual representation for using Talk and Type.

Talk and Type

Learning Center Info

Location:
Room 005 in the lower level of Vangstad Hall.