Assistive Software

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

Claro Software ClaroRead Plus 6.1 a multi-sensory solution for supporting reading and writing.

Texthelp Read & Write 11.5 - 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.

Matchware Mindview 6 - a professional mind mapping software that allows you to visually brainstorm, organize and present ideas.

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

Adobe Digitial Editions - used to view and manage eBooks and other digital publications.  You will need this to access many of our library eBooks.

All this assistive software can also be downloaded to your personal computer via MyApps.  Please see IS help pages for instructions.

Chrome and Firefox have many possible extensions and add-ons to improve your online experience.  Apple produces its own built-in accessibility tools such as Siri.  Most smartphones have more assistive technology in them than you realise. There are also many open-source software solutions available but be careful about what you download onto your computer.  You cannot install software on a University PC (unless it is available via MyApps).


Who is it for?

Anyone who needs a little extra help, but these packages were developed for dyslexics and the visually impaired.  They can also benefit auditory learners or 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 such as Orato text-to-speech and VuBar, or you can download from the link to the left.  Pop into the Map Library and ask us if you need help.

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