Accessible Technology and Alternative Media

Accessible Technology

Students requesting accessible technologies such as access to reading and writing programs should contact the LSC staff.


Claro is a text to speech program that also has tools to assist with writing and research. Eligible Albion students can download this program onto their personal computers. The program is also available in most computer labs.

If you would like to download Claro to your personal Mac or PC computer/laptop OR would like to schedule a one-on-one tutorial OR a small group or classroom workshop for using Claro, please contact Nick Mourning, Learning Support Coordinator, at or 517/629-0411.

Claro Help and Support for Learning Support Center Students

Here are important links to user-friendly guides and videos for using Claro.

Claro Youtube Tutorial Videos for PC and Mac
  • Easy to understand and short videos for learning how to use ClaroRead on Word, PDF and Websites
  • Also videos on ScreenRuler, ClaroIdeas, and ClaroCapture
Claro Software Support for PC and Mac
  • List of Support Articles and Common Questions and Troubleshooting information
  • Updates to your software
  • Contact Support at Claro
  • Help and Training Videos
Claro Software Tutorial and Training

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Dragon Naturally Speaking is available on iPads available for check out in the library. Eligible students may use Dragon to dictate answers to exam questions.

Alternative Media

Obtaining textbooks in electronic format has become easier in recent years. Students with print disabilities are encouraged to obtain course materials from online sources such as textbook publishers, online textbook rental companies and other free sources such as Bookshare. Here is a guide to help with obtaining your textbooks in electronic format. When a student cannot find a book in electronic format, they should contact the LSC. We will obtain this version from the publisher or produce the book by scanning with an OCR program.

Textbooks and other course materials can be made available in alternate formats (electronic files, Braille, enlarged text, etc.). The staff of the LSC work closely with students and faculty before the start of the semester to make the materials available in a timely manner. Requests made during the semester should be made at least two weeks in advance to ensure the LSC staff has adequate time to produce the documents.

Students can request training in use of Abbey Fine Reader OCR conversion program and access to our scanner for preparation of their own materials. This option is especially useful for students conducting research.