Commonly used assistive technologies

For Students whose needs are not fully met by Instructional Design, Fort Lewis College has additional assistive technologies to support learning.

Read & Write GOLD

Read & Write GOLD (RWG) is a free screen reading software that you can download to any computer. The RWG toolbar includes reading, writing, research, studying, and many more tools to help you succeed. Campus computers have RWG software installed. If you have any issues downloading the software to your computer, contact the our IT Help Desk.

Training & User Resources

Livescribe pen

An Echo smartpen is equipped with a microphone to record audio, a speaker for playback, a small OLED display, an infra-red camera, and internal flash memory that captures handwritten notes, audio and drawings. It allows students to record what is written and heard. Tap anywhere on your notes to replay audio, transfer notes to your Mac or PC where you can review, organize and share your content.


Sonocent is an android and iOS companion app to Audio Notetaker. Sonocent recorder allows you to capture high quality recordings and annotate in real time with colors, photos and text.  The recordings can then be transferred into Audio Notetaker for further processing. Watch this Sonocent tutorial

Voice Recorder

Use a voice recorder or dictation machine to record lectures and presentations so you can play back the recording later for notetaking and review.

FM Loop System

A hearing loop (sometimes called an audio induction loop) is a special type of sound system for use by people with hearing aids. The hearing loop provides a magnetic, wireless signal that is picked up by the hearing aid to assist with sound awareness, amplification, and directionality of the sound source.


Grammarly is an online grammar checking, spell checking, and plagiarism detection platform. Grammarly's proofreading resources check against more than 250 grammar rules. Watch this Grammarly tutorial.

Dragon Dictation

Dragon dictation is voice recognition app for iPad or iPhone.


Notability is a note-taking app. Watch this Notability tutorial.


Evernote is a free web-based app that allows users to capture, store and synchronize text, image and video files across multiple computing devices. Watch this Evernote tutorial.

Textbooks in alternative formats

If you have a print-related disability, you can request access to your textbooks and instructional materials (including electronic content and services) in an alternative format. Log in to your student portal to make your request. Production of alternative formats can be time-intensive and while most files can be provided within 2 weeks others can take longer to procure.

Closed Captioning or Audio Description

Access close-captioning of audio and video media through Canvas Studio. Arc is integrated within Canvas and provides instructional guides for faculty, staff and students.