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Assistive Software

We have the following software available at all Conestoga campuses within the designated assistive technology space(s).


For reading, writing, studying & research

Download links:

Choose the Microsoft Account option when logging in and use your Conestoga email and password. 

Read&Write logo

Read&Write is a literacy toolbar with text-to-speech as well as learning tools to support reading, writing, studying and research within common computer applications.

The full version of Read&Write is available for all current Conestoga students and employees to download using the links above.

For Read&Write for Chromebooks, iPad, or Android tablets, please email us.

Training Resources:


Recording & notetaking tool

Glean logo


  • Record your lectures in class and online
  • Add labels and notes
  • Transcribe

Compatibility: Chrome browser, Android and iOS mobile devices 

Access to Glean is available to students registered with Accessible Learning Services. If you are interested in trying this software, please book an appointment with an Assistive Technology Specialist

Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Speech-recognition software

Dragon NaturallySpeaking logo

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a speech-to-text software program that allows you to turn your voice into text by speaking naturally. Conestoga provides access to the Windows version, but a mobile version is also available for you to purchase

Quick links:


Mind-mapping & brainstorming tool

Mindomo logo

Mindomo is a mind-mapping tool that can be used for:

  • Brainstorming 
  • Capturing ideas and concepts
  • Organizing written assignments and presentations
  • Time and task management  
  • Users can access Mindomo online, as desktop software for Windows & Mac, as well as on Android, Chrome and iOS devices

If you are interested in trying this software, please book an appointment with an Assistive Technology Specialist

Quick links:


Magnification & reading program

ZoomText logo

ZoomText Magnifier/Reader is a fully integrated magnification and reading program tailored for low-vision users. Magnifier/Reader enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, echoes your typing and essential program activity, and automatically reads documents, web pages, and email.

Quick links:


Screen reader software

JAWS logo

JAWS (Job Access With Speech) is a screen reader that allows students who are blind or visually impaired to navigate the Internet and most Windows-based applications with a text-to-speech output or by a Refreshable Braille display.

Quick links:

Built in Accessibility Features

Most devices have powerful accessibility features already built into their operating systems. Our staff can help provide you with support to use your devices more effectively.

Mac OS-X and iOS Accessibility Features

Apple Accessibility Features logo

On an Apple product, go to the "Accessibility" icon under the Settings icon to access the following tools:

  • VoiceOver: screen reader
  • Zoom: magnifier
  • Display Accommodations like Dark mode 
  • Assistive Touch
  • Text to Speech
Quick links:

Windows Accessibility Features

Windows Accessibility Features logo

On a Microsoft product, go to the "Ease of Access Center" in the computer's control panel. The Ease of Access Center provides access to the following tools:

  • Magnifier
  • Narrator: screen reader
  • Windows Speech Recognition 
  • On- Screen Keyboard
Quick links: