Accessibility Issues and Work-Arounds for Read and Write Gold

Read and Write Gold (Mac and Windows) is the learning disability software officially supported by U-M

Read and Write Gold software

  • The main Read and Write software may not work automatically with Google Apps. The best option is to use the Screenshot Reader function to read text aloud. 
  • If Read and Write is open and you then start Firefox, you will be prompted to install a plugin. This plugin is not working with the version of Firefox that is installed on public U-M computers. If you are running Firefox 43 or higher on your personal computer, please see the Windows advanced plugin installation instructions or Mac advanced plugin installation instructions from Texthelp. 

Read and Write Plugin for Chrome

Chrome plugin can be downloaded to your personal computer at no charge. After 30 days, the working features will be limited to text-to-speech and translation. The plugin works the same for Windows and Mac versions of Chrome.
  • In Google Docs, you will see the following purple icon shaped like a puzzle piece near the top center of the screen: 

    Clicking on the icon will bring up this toolbar:
    Read and Write toolbar with play, pause, and stop active
        Move your cursor where you want to start reading, then click on the black triangle. Click on the two lines to toggle a reading pause on and off, and the square to stop reading. 
  • In other websites, such as Google Mail, the icon will appear near the top right of the screen:
    Clicking on the icon will bring up this toolbar:
    Alternative Read & Write toolbar with a hover option also active

    Click on the Hover icon (the cloud with the arrow over it on the left side of the toolbar), then position your cursor over the text where you want to start reading. The pause and stop buttons work the same way as for Docs. 
Note that the plugin will not work on all pages.

Your Input

If you wish to contact Google directly, we recommend using their accessibility feedback form or joining the Accessibility Google Group.

Last Updated: 
Monday, June 4, 2018