Tools for Academic Success


Disability Services lends SmartPens to students whose accommodation plan includes permission to record lectures. Record everything you hear, say, and write, while linking your audio recordings to your notes. Quickly replay audio from your Livescribe paper, a computer, or a mobile device – all with a simple tap on your handwritten notes. (source: LiveScribe website)

Khan Academy is a website that provides video tutorials for a wide range of subjects. The videos are brief, with each one covering a specific section of information.

StudyStack is an online flashcard website that allows you to quiz yourself before the big test. Find out what you know and what you need to study. Focus your attention on what you have not yet mastered. With apps for smartphones and tablets, you can study on the go.

Central Access Reader (CAR) is a free text-to-speech program developed at Central Washington University. This program reads Word Docs using the voices installed on your computer. By saving files as MP3s, you can listen to your materials using the player of your choice. If you don't like the way the voice sounds, look online for tts voice options.

To use the Central Access Reader to access materials, text must be in a Word Doc. You can copy and paste the text from your textbook into a Word Document if you would like to use CAR to listen to PDF files that have been posted to your account.

Materials that are hosted as PDF files can be accessed in several ways:

SpeakIt is a Free Chrome Plug-In that is easy to install and use.

Balabolka is a text-to-speech program that offers a variety of options for customization and allows you to create MP3 files from PDF files.

NaturalReader is another free option.

CWU Policies

CWUP 2-35-045 Accessible Technology

CWUP 2-35-030 Nondiscrimination Policies and Programs Pertaining to Students 

CWUP 2-35-040 Reasonable Accommodation of Persons with Disabilities 

CWUP 2-35-070 Discrimination Complaint and Resolution Policy

CWUP 2-35-080 Service and Emotional Support Animals as Reasonable Accommodation

CWUR 3-45-040 Students with Disabilities to Request Disability Accommodations


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