Assistive Software

The University has helpful software to support users with additional needs including:

ClaroRead Plus a multi-sensory solution for supporting reading and writing.

Texthelp Read & Write - an easy-to-use toolbar containing support tools to make reading, writing and research easier for you. The software was designed to address some of the issues that people with dyslexia face daily.

Mindview - a professional mind mapping software that allows you to visually brainstorm, organize and present ideas.

Inspirationmore than a mind mapping tool.  Great for schedules and time management.

All these apps can be downloaded to your personal computer via Apps Anywhere.  Please see MyPort for further instructions or contact Information Services.

Chrome and Firefox also have many extensions and add-ons that might improve your online browsing experience.  Apple produces its own built-in accessibility tools, such as Siri.  Most smartphones have more inbuilt accessibility functions than you might realise. There are also many open-source software solutions available but please be careful about what you download onto your computer.  Only software supplied through Apps Anywhere can be installed onto a University PC.

 

Who is it for?

Anyone who finds they benefit from them, although these packages were initially developed for people with dyslexia and the visually impaired.  They can also be useful to aural learners, who learn better from hearing things than seeing them written down, and those with long commutes who have time to listen but not sit and read.

Where and when?

We can provide you with EduApps: a USB loaded with basic helpful programmes, including Orato text-to-speech and VuBar.  Email us at library@port.ac.uk for more information.

If you need help using / installing any of the university software please contact the IS team at the IT Help Desk or call 023 9284 7777