Assistive Tech

Read & Write Gold

Read & Write Gold is available to all students, faculty, and staff. This software has a number of features such as speech-to-text, text-to-speech, and study skills tools.

To install, go to the Read & Write Gold section of the LSS website and sign in using your Villanova username and password.

Alternate Format Materials

Certain students with documented disabilities are eligible to receive textbooks and other materials in an alternate format. Eligibility for this accommodation is determined on a case-by-case basis. The production of and assistance in locating alternate format materials requires cooperation between the University, students, and faculty.

Students with this accommodation should submit an Alternate Format Request Form to request materials. Please read the Villanova Student Guide to Requesting Alternate Format Materials before making a request.

Alternate Format Request Form

All requests should be either emailed to or dropped off at the LSS office.

In ALL alternate text arrangements:

  • The student must purchase the textbook.
  • Requests will be handled in the order they are received. The closer to the beginning of the semester, the longer the wait time. It is best to put in your requests as soon as you register for classes.

Students who are not eligible for alternate text formats based on their documentation are still welcome to utilize Read & Write Gold.


Students with note-taking accommodations may be interested in exploring the following assistive technology options:

Other note-taking apps and technologies are widely available. In order to record lectures, note-taking support must be part of your approved accommodations.

Additional Assistive Technology

If you need additional assistive technology, please contact LSS as soon as possible to discuss your needs.

Additional resource: UNIT.