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Assistive Technology Service: Software

Students have access to a wide range of software. Click on the links below to access user guides and tutorials.

Applications available in the University PC Suites 

Texthelp Read & Write 10 Beginners Guide provides literacy support in any Windows application. Read & Write GOLD comprises many features designed to assist students with their reading and writing. Unique functionalities include text-to-speech, phonetic spell checker, word prediction, speaking dictionary and a scanning facility. There is an easy to use toolbar that 'floats' on top of any open application. 

Inspiration is a mind-mapping tool to help develop ideas and organise thinking. To access the tutorial, open Inspiration, click the following: help, learn to use, documentation and open the "Getting Started" manual. Inspiration Getting Started  and Inspiration Quick Start Tutorial.


Applications available only in the Assistive Technology Area

Dragon Naturally Speaking (DNS) is voice recogniiton software. The user dictates and the words are transcribed onto the screen and into word documents, emails, etc. This application will also play back dictation for editing and proofreading.

JAWS(Job Access with Speech) is screen-reading software designed to assist blind or visually impaired computer users to access information. The screen reader enables the user to read and write MS Word and Excel documents, browse the web, send and receive emails and access databases.

Zoomtext is a screen reader and magnification package for people with low vision. It combines large print and screen reading when using Windows. Access the Tutorial at