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Learning Resource Accessibility

ACAP is committed to providing an inclusive experience to all library users

About Read&Write

The reading tools within Read&Write give students choice in how they engage with content. Use Read&Write for:

  • Managing sources during research
  • Screen masking for increasing focus
  • Speech-to-text
  • Text-to-speech
  • Writing assistance

Read&Write Application and Browser Extension

For the best experience, it is recommended that you download the application as well as the browser extension. The extension is able to interact with content viewed in a browser - something the application is unable to do at this time.

For download links and instructions on how to use Read&Write, please navigate using the tabs above.

Download Read&Write:

Install Read&Write

Please refer to the PDFs below for instructions on installing the Read&Write application and browser extension.

Read text aloud

Read what you type including individual words, passages, or whole documents aloud with easy-to-follow dual color highlighting.

How to use: Select text, then interact using the rewindplaypauseforwardstop buttons.

Screenshot Reader

Captures ‘snapshot’ images and text from any document, email or web page, and transforms them into editable and accessible formats.

How to use: Click screenshot reader to activate, then hold down left-click and drag to take a ‘snapshot’ of a portion of the screen.

Audio Maker

Converts text into MP3 audio files, for listening on the move. Also consider using SensusAccess, which may better suit your needs for converting larger files to audio.

How to use: Select text, then click audio maker.

PDF Reader

Reads PDF documents out loud. Users can highlight words and look up dictionary definitions of any word.

How to use: Click PDF reader to open a PDF file in a new window.

Check It

Advanced, dyslexia-friendly, spellchecker to help correct complex spelling and grammar. It offers word suggestions and dictionary definitions too.

How to use: Select text, then click check it.

Similar Word Checker

Identifies homophones and commonly confused words. Like ‘there’, ‘they’re’ and ‘their’.

How to use: Select text, then click similar word checker.

Show/Hide Similar Words

Toggles Similar Word Checker highlights on and off.

How to use: Click show or hide similar words to toggle.


Intuitively predicts the word that’s being typed and the word most likely to follow.

How to use: Click prediction to toggle.

Dictionary & Picture Dictionary

Basic dictionary, advanced dictionary and web dictionary provides written and pictorial definition of any word.

How to use: Select the word you need to look up, then click dictionary for the basic/advanced dictionary, or picture dictionary for the pictorial dictionary.


Converts paper documents and inaccessible PDFs into accessible digital formats.

How to use: Click scan, then select file(s) to convert to PDF or Word.


Converts the spoken word into text. Users speak and watch as their words appear on screen. Note: Unavailable for Mac users.

How to use: Click talk and type to toggle.

Screen Masking

Tints the whole screen in any chosen colour, and provides a reading spotlight that can be tailored by colour, size and opacity by opening the menu, then navigating to Show more settings.

How to use: Click screen masking to toggle.


With over 50 languages to choose from, users can translate paragraphs of text from one language to another. The default language is French, which you can change by opening the menu, then navigating to Show more settings.

How to use: Select text, then click translator.


Highlights and collects digital content from multiple sources into one document, with automatic source referencing.

How to use: Select text, then select one of four colours to highlight: highlight yellowhighlight bluehighlight greenhighlight pink. To remove highlighted text, select the text then click erase highlights. Click collect highlights to generate a document with all highlighted text.

Vocabulary List

Creates a personalized dictionary or word list from highlights.

How to use: Click vocabulary list to create a new document with single word highlights.

Research Folder

The Research Folder can be used to quickly collect and save information that you want to keep. This information can later be exported to Microsoft Word and include a bibliography.

How to use: Click research folder to open the research folder toolbar. To add an image to your research folder, click add image. This will prompt you to left-click and drag your mouse to select a portion of the screen to save as an image. To add text to your research folder, first select the text you would like to save, then click add text. You can view your saved items in your research folder at any time by clicking research folder.

Voice Note

Offers an alternative to writing comments in documents. Users can record audio notes in MP3 format instead.

How to use: Click  to open a recording control window.