Assistive Technology

The University has invested heavily in accessible technology to support our students.

Advice service

The University has dedicated staff to help students with their research in the library and getting the most out of the assistive technology available. For particular meetings or advice, please book an appointment through the LIS Helpdesk or through Student Support and Guidance - Disability Support.

Commercial Software

The University has purchased site licenses for the following software which are available on computers in the Universitys' open access areas and libraries.

Freeware or Open source Software

The following software is free to use, instructions are in the links. Some of the owners offer full featured versions for a price.

Accessibility in common Software

The following software is free to use on University computers and has many accessibility features.

Integrated Accessibility Software

The following applications are integrated in the common operating systems.

Loan of Digital Equipment

The University has a stock of digital equipment which can be loaned to students for an extended period. This could be while the student is awaiting DSA funding or their own equipment is currently being repaired. The equipment available to loan includes:

What do you want to do?

The following table lists some common computer tasks and, in the subsequent columns, suggests apps that can be used to complete the tasks.

TaskInclusive, Open source or free SoftwareInstalled on Open access and library computersCommercial Software
Browse Web My Study Bar (ATbar) Read&Write Gold Read&Write Gold
Change Contrast Ease of Access Read&Write Gold and Ease of Access Read&Write Gold and SuperNova
Converting File Formats Robobraille Microsoft WORD, Robobraille and Adobe Acrobat Professional Microsoft WORD and Adobe Acrobat Professional
Converting image to text (OCR) Robobraille Robobraille and Adobe Acrobat Professional Adobe Acrobat Professional
Dictate Text Windows, Mac and Google   Dragon Naturally Speaking
Dictionary Internet Browser Read&Write Gold and Internet Browser Read&Write Gold
Magnify screen Windows and Mac Windows ZoomText and SuperNova
Predictive Text My Study Bar(Dicom) Read&Write Gold and My Study Bar(Dicom) Read&Write Gold
Read screen Windows, Mac, My Study Bar (ATBar) and NVDA My Study Bar (ATBar) and Read&Write Gold Read&Write Gold, ZoomText, JAWS and SuperNova
Read pdf documents aloud My Study Bar (ATBar) and NVDA Adobe Acrobat Reader and Read&Write Gold Read&Write Gold, ZoomText, JAWS and SuperNova
Read WORD documents aloud My Study Bar (ATBar) and NVDA Microsoft WORD and Read&Write Gold Read&Write Gold, ZoomText, JAWS and SuperNova
Voice Commands Windows and Mac   Dragon Naturally Speaking
Use Windows Hot Keys Windows Hot Keys Windows Hot Keys