Digi Know? Queen’s has a campus-wide licence for students and staff to use Read & Write software from TextHelp. Read & Write provides a wide range of tools to assist with accessibility requirements such as sight difficulties or dyslexia, as well as support for users that are not fluent in the English language.

Features include:

Available options for screen masking in Read & Write software.
  • Screen masking:
    • Mask your entire screen to reduce contrast or use a colour that improves focus
    • Tint across the line you are typing;
    • Underline your cursor to aid reading.
  • Screen reading, with a choice of natural voices.
  • Coloured highlighting, for ease when researching.
  • Text and picture dictionaries, to aid in understanding unfamiliar words.
  • Writing tools such as word prediction, grammar and spelling check, as well as a similar words (homophones) checker.
  • Bilingual support and automatic translation for different languages.
  • Various other handy tools besides.

Read & Write is designed to improve confidence and understanding levels for struggling readers, and to help students and staff with dyslexia and other literacy challenges. It supports independent learning and understanding, by providing individuals with the tools to be more self-sufficient.

How do I get it?

Many centrally-managed computers across the campus now have Read & Write pre-installed. You’ll find it in the Start Menu.

If you don’t already have it on your computer, download the software for your operating system from the TextHelp website. When asked, activate the software using Microsoft, and enter your usual student or staff email address and Queen’s Online details.

If you do not have administrator access to your computer, speak to your IT team.

Read & Write is also available as a plugin for Google Chrome, providing assistance for web browsing.

Tony Furnell

E-Learning Officer in the School of Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences at Queen's University Belfast. Passionate about digital literacy, making life easier for users of technology by designing better systems, and incorporating equality, diversity and inclusivity (EDI) (including accessibility) into teaching and daily work.


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