What additional resources are available to students?

The Office of Student Accessibility Services would like to share additional resources and recommendations that may be useful to you during your academic program. 


1. Work directly with your course instructors for support on all assessments and to understand required course materials; engage all Learning Resources. Request a study plan from the course instructor to promote subject focus.


2. Use a dry-erase whiteboard when taking objective assessments, via Online Proctoring. Students will be asked to clear the whiteboard before and after each testing session.    


3. Utilize coaching reports after taking pre-assessments and objective assessments to understand areas needing improvement. Obtain a personalized study plan utilizing the coaching report from the course instructor.  


4. Contact the WGU Writing Center at any stage of the composing process to get help with:


  • Brainstorming ideas
  • Organizing thoughts
  • Structuring paragraphs
  • Punctuation rules
  • Academic Authenticity (Turnitin, Unicheck, Originality)
  • APA formatting
  • Weaving research into paragraphs to support ideas
  • Expressing ideas in a clear and concise manner 


Visit the WGU Writing Center for more specifics. The Writing Center can be found in the student portal on the Student Success tab.


5. Utilize the services of our Career and Professional Development Center to benefit from the community and professional networks, as well as the tools, resources and training to assist graduating students and alumni in successfully conducting a job search and researching career goals. Find assistance with resume building, practice interviews, access to national job and internship postings, and so much more.  


6. After graduation, stay connected with WGU through Alumni Relations.  Enjoy discounts and perks through BenefitHub. Explore continuing-ed resources like Lynda.com, SimpleK12, Pluralsight, and other industry resources. Connect and network with other alumni, attend events and more. Learn more at alumni.wgu.edu.


7. Explore Student Success services and get help with a variety of topics including time management, test anxiety, computer skills, goal setting and much more. Please visit the Student Success Center for more information and to schedule an appointment.   


8. Virtual Magnifying Glass 3.7: A free, open source, cross-platform screen magnifier tool. It’s simple and customizable.

System Requirements:

  1. Microsoft® Windows® 8, 7, Vista, 2003, XP or 2000
  2. or Linux system running X11
  3. or Mac OS X 10.10+ (an older build is available for Mac OS X 10.4+ with non-retina displays)
  4. Multiple-display systems are supported on Window



9. Use speech recognition software:


  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking by Nuance: Ignites new levels of personal productivity and convenience by enabling you to interact with your PC by voice. Say words and they appear on your computer screen (three times faster than typing - with up to 99% accuracy). Dictate or modify documents, spreadsheets and presentations, manage email, search the Web, post to Facebook and Twitter, and more. Launch applications, select menu items, save files, and switch windows using simple voice commands or create your own custom commands to insert boilerplate text and/or graphics. Even dictate notes into a digital voice recorder or a compatible iOS device and Dragon will later transcribe the recorded files into text on your PC. Dragon 12 Premium is your key to less stress and more success at home, school, work, or wherever life takes you.


10. Utilize audio book services:


  • BookShare.org: Allows students to search for a specific title or browse through the library and its special collections, including newspapers and magazines. With a Bookshare membership, you can download accessible titles onto their computer or read them with a variety of reading tools that give you a range of options.
  • Learning Ally: Formerly known as Recording for the Blind and Dyslexic (RFB&D), Learning Ally is the largest source of recorded textbooks in the United States. It's a national organization which lends recorded educational books to students and others who cannot read standard print because of a visual, physical or perceptual disability.


11. Utilize software that reads text:


  • Natural Reader: Free text-to-speech software with natural sounding voices that can read any text such as Microsoft Word files, web pages, PDF files, and E-mails. It can also convert any written text into audio files such as MP3 or WAV. (http://www.naturalreaders.com): 
  • NVDA (Nonvisual Desktop Access: Free screen reader that uses various methods, such as Braille or synthetic voice that you can use anywhere any time.  
  • Text2Speech: Free program that converts text into audible speech. You can play the text at a custom rate and volume, have the text be highlighted as it’s read, and export the text into a WAV file or an MP3 file. The program required .NET Framework 2.0 to run.
  • Ultra Hal TTS Reader: A program that reads text out loud in one of its many high-quality voices. The free version includes many high quality computerized voices and reads text files out loud, as well as instant messages, standard Windows dialogs, and text from the clipboard, which allows the program to read text from webpages and emails. You can also use Ultra HAL TTS Reader to convert a document into a WAV audio file, which can be burned to a CD or converted to an MP3 file.
  • TTS Add-ons for Browsers - You can also read text using add-ons or extensions in web browsers:
    • SpeakIt! Google Chrome: Reads selected text using TTS technology with language auto-detection. It can read text in more than 50 languages.
    • FoxVox - For Firefox: Allows you to turn your blogs and articles into podcasts. It speaks any text you highlight in a webpage, and it can create audiobooks from the text in MP3, OGG, and WAV formats.
    • SpokenText - Firefox extension: Allows you to easily record any text on public webpages simply by clicking a Record Web Page button on the toolbar. This extension is also available for Chrome.
    • SpeakingFox - Add-on for Firefox for Mac OS X: Converts text to audible speech.


12. Utilize WellConnect services to receive free and confidential counseling. The following services are available to WGU students as well as members of their immediate families and their households:


  • Short-Term Counseling to address family or relationship issues, anxiety, depression, stress and anger management, substance abuse issues, or other personal issues. Students may access up to four counseling sessions with a licensed professional counselor. Sessions are offered in-person or via phone.
  • Clinical Consultations/Crisis Support services to access help with urgent or other personal issues without necessarily engaging in short-term counseling.
  • Budget, Debt, and Credit Counseling to address personal finance issues. Students may work with a counselor to develop money management strategies, to access help with a family budget, or to discuss credit issues.
  • Legal Consultations to address personal legal issues such as questions related to bankruptcy, estate planning, or tenant disputes. Students may participate in a 30 minute, telephone consultation with a licensed attorney.
  • Community Referrals to receive information on services available in a student's community. Students may use this service to access vetted information on child care providers, elder care resources, adoption services, support groups, or other local services.
  • New Parent Coaching to help new or expecting parents prepare for the responsibilities, opportunities, and challenges associated with welcoming a new child into their family. Students may engage in a series of phone-based counseling sessions offered by trained, developmental psychologists.
  • Self-help Resources are available via thousands of articles, tip sheets, links, calculators, videos, and trainings on student related topics. Students and WGU staff may access these resources through the programs located on the "Student Advantage" website at https://my.wgu.edu/success-centers/wellconnect.


We encourage you to contact WellConnect at 1-877-685-3269, if any of these options would be helpful to you and/or your family. 

DISCLAIMER: The recommended software(s) and book services listed above are for student reference only.  WGU does not endorse any product, service, or website for software purchases or comparison. WGU is not responsible for the content of these web sites nor can WGU assist students with customer service issues or complaints involved, if they choose to use these sites.


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