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University of Montana students walk around the Oval between classes on in September 2013.

SOPHIE DANISON/Missoulian

Thanks to new software, University of Montana students and faculty can have information on displayed on their computer screen read aloud to them.

Read&Write Gold is literacy software directed toward students with barriers to printed information, but can benefit all users, said Timothy McHenry, assistive technology coordinator with UM Disability Services for Students.

“It’s a great new tool in UM’s inventory of educational support software,” McHenry said.

The software is contained in a customizable toolbar that works with commonly used applications such as Microsoft Word, Google Docs, web browsers and email programs. It also offers advanced dictionaries, spell-checking, word prediction and foreign language translation.

“It also is an excellent tool for our English-as-a-second-language students,” McHenry said. “The software also can help with reading comprehension, document proofreading and act as a research aid, and it can help with writing, studying and test-taking.”

Students and faculty can download Read&Write Gold for free at umt.edu/it/support/accessibility/rwg.php.

For information and instruction, contact McHenry at 243-2243 or at timothy.mchenry@mso.umt.edu.

Kendra Cousineau is a journalism major at the University of Montana and an intern in the Missoulian newsroom.

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