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Web Accessibility Statement: Resources for People with Disabilities

Read & Write

Read & Write software can be used for text-to-speech (reading electronic documents out loud to you), voice-to-text (typing up what you say into a microphone), and has a number of other reading and writing supports. You can download the free trial of the Read & Write software from the Texthelp website.  Once you install the free trial, if you log in using your UofL email and password, you will have full access to the software through the UofL  license.


The AccessText Network is a conduit between the publishing world and colleges and universities across the country, with a mission to ensure students with disabilities have equal access to their textbooks in an electronic format and in a timely manner.

How It Works

UofL students with disabilities which impair their ability to read printed text contact the UofL Disability Resource Center (DRC) to request accommodations. Once a student is determined to be eligible to receive textbooks in an alternate format, the DRC uses the AccessText Network to request electronic files from the AccessText member-publishers.


Bookshare makes reading easier. People with dyslexia, blindness, cerebral palsy, and other reading barriers can customize their experience to suit their learning style and find virtually any book they need for school, work, or the joy of reading.

Bookshare® is available only for individuals who have a qualifying reading or perceptual disability, a visual impairment, or a physical disability that affects their ability to read printed works. See who qualifies for Bookshare

Bookshare® is FREE for qualified U.S. students of any age and schools through an award from the Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education. People with qualifying conditions who are not U.S. students, and organizations serving them, pay a low membership fee.