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Software for Individuals with Disabilities

The Adaptive Technologies Lab workstations contain hardware and software for use by individuals with disabilities. In addition, the Northwestern Libraries are working to expand access to its public workstations by adding some specialized software. 

Adaptive Technology Lab software

Software capabilities include text-to-speech software that allows students to dictate their papers (Dragon Naturally Speaking), screen enlargers (ZoomText) and software that reads everything on the computer screen (Read&Write Gold).

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking (for PC)
  • Dragon (for Mac)
  • ZoomText (for PC)
  • Read&Write (for PC and Mac)


SensusAccess is an online document conversion system available to Northwestern Students, Faculty, and Staff that converts text and image-based files into more accessible formats. It can also be used to transform text and image-based files into different outputs including audio, Braille, or e-text formats. Read further instruction on the Office of Equity website.

SensusAccess Document Conversion Form

Software on all workstations

Windows workstations are installed with:

  • ZoomText
  • NVDA Screen Reader
  • Read&Write

Mac workstations are installed with:

  • Accessibility (Zoom)