Literacy Support with the added bonus of Accessibility: Read&Write

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Presented at 8:00am in Westminster I on Thursday, November 21, 2019.



  • Laura Trimble, Texthelp
  • Gabe Christie, Instructional Accessibility Manager, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Session Details

  • Length of Session: 1-hr
  • Format: Panel
  • Expertise Level: Beginner
  • Type of session: General Conference


Read&Write’s range of features supports students with their reading, writing, and studying. This session will detail how the program supports Word, Google Docs, Websites, PDF’s, and more. Strategies presented can be used to teach the tools to students, support student acquisition of skills, and successfully implement the program across campus.


This session will discuss how colleges are using Read&Write to support students struggling with literacy, which in turn affects their written work and comprehension. Innovative strategies that increase access and opportunities for students to succeed, including those used at Metropolitan State University of Denver, will be demonstrated. The program’s tools enable students to study with more confidence and produce a better quality of work on essays and assessments. We will touch on the PDF functionality, the ability to read websites, and the versatility for Mac’s, PC’s, and Chromebooks. All attendees will receive free access to the program as well as resources

Colleges across the country are moving to Read&Write as an innovative UDL support program. From its non-proprietary PDF, desktop, and ePUB accessibility tools to its award-winning supports in Google, Microsoft, and more, Read&Write is helping over 20 million learners read, write, research, and study independently.


  1. Attendees will learn how they can help students work with greater independence by using the Read&Write toolbar.
  2. Attendees will learn about the PDF and MP3 features which make learning more accessible for all.
  3. Attendees will also learn how they can tailor the features of Read&Write to individual students’ needs.

Disability Areas

All Areas, Cognitive/Learning, Mobility, Psychological, Vision

Topic Areas

Accessible Course Design, Accessible Educational Materials, Administrative/Campus Policy, EPUB Track, Teaching about Accessibility in Curriculum, Uncategorized, Web/Media Access

Speaker Bio(s)

Laura Trimble

Laura Trimble is a Territory Sales Director at Texthelp. She covers 7 states across the Midwest, including Colorado. She is passionate about education with a 15 year background in the education world. She especially likes to talk about how Read&Write and EquatIO provide a real UDL solution.

Gabe Christie

Gabe Christie is the Instructional Accessibility Manager at the Metropolitan State University of Denver. A proud Colorado native, Gabe earned both his bachelor's and Master’s degrees from the University of Northern Colorado. Accessibility is one of his passions and he works tirelessly to educate faculty and staff on adopting and enshrining accessible practices, to remove accessibility barriers in higher education. Gabe is an avid outdoorsman, a novice gardener, and lectures on a number of topics outside of accessibility.