Tech Tuesday

What are Tech Tuesdays?

Northwestern offers several assistive technology options for students with disabilities. These tools, including Read&Write Gold, Kurzweil 3000, Echo Smart Pen, Sonocent Audio Notetaker among others can help with reading, writing, studying, note taking, computer access, etc. Tech Tuesdays offer an opportunity to learn about tools that you might not be familiar with or to learn more about the functions of a tool that you are already using to help you use it for the maximum benefit. Tech Tuesdays will be held in the ANU Assistive Technology lab each Tuesday during the academic year from 1:00 to 2:00 pm. Each Tuesday will focus on a different tool, but drop-ins with questions are welcome as well. Think of this as an opportunity to better understand the technology you are using, have tried, or are interested in trying. No sign up is necessary, just show up with your questions. Any questions, please contact Jim Stachowiak at or 847-491-2960.


  • What: Tech Tuesdays
  • When: Every Tuesday 1:00pm - 2:00pm
  • Where: ANU Assistive Tech Office - 2122 Sheridan Suite 130

Potential Topics

  • Reading tools on Read&Write Gold
  • Reading DAISY books with Read&Write Gold
  • Reading inaccessible text with Read&Write Gold
  • Using the Read&Write Gold writing tools
  • Using the Read7Write Gold studying tools
  • Using the Kurzweil 3000 reading tools
  • Using the Kurzweil 3000 writing tools
  • Using Firefly, the Kurzweil 3000 app
  • Adjusting the Echo Smart Pen for clearest recording
  • Using Sonocent Audio Note Taker to its fullest potential
  • Apps for reading
  • Apps for note taking
  • Built in speech recognition tools on the Mac
  • Built in reading tools on the Mac