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Disability and neurodiversity support

Assistive software

Assistive software

An overview of assistive software available at City, University of London.

Not sure which software to use? We have added the following categories to the software descriptions. 

Listen to your computer: text-to-speech and screen readers
Speak to your computer: speech-to-text, dictation and controlling the computer using your voice
Low Vision: magnify your screen, enhance mouse pointers and cursors, highlighting, screenreading
Productivity, planning and organisation: literacy tools, mindmapping, digital voice recorders and audio editing.


ABBYY Fine Reader

Description OCR (Optical character recognition) software application to access and modify information locked in scanned documents and PDFs.

Location Northampton Square Library AT PC 1, AT Room 1, AT Room 2. Law Library Grays Inn Place selected computer.


Audio Notetaker

Description Audio Notetaker is a visual and interactive form of note taking. Audio, text and images are combined to create effective notes. 

Audio Notetaker splits your recording up into individual phrases and displays them on screen as visual chunks. You can organise chunks by colour coding and removing sections. You can also annotate and import PowerPoint or PDF slides to enhance your notes.

Audio Notetaker recording app

Audio Notetaker app is available to install on your iOS device or Android.

Guides Sonocent Resources can help you get the most out of the software.

Location AT computers

Category Productivity, planning and organisation


Dragon Professional

Description Speech-to-text / dictation / voice recognition application to transcribe your spoken words into written text or control the computer using your voice. The software may be useful for student with RSI, permanent or temporary mobility difficulties, visual impairment, dyslexia and specific learning differences. You can borrow a headset (headphones with a microphone) at the Library Help Desk.

Guides Videos, cheatsheets and user guides can be found on the  Dragon Support webpage.

Location AT computers

Category Speak to your computer


Inspiration

Description Mind mapping is a visual form of note making. Mind mapping can help you:

  • create an overview of a topic
  • explore an idea, concept, or problem and identify relationships and connections
  • create revision plans with the use of colour and images to help recall information
  • plan and structure assignments and organize ideas, concepts and complex information.

Guides More information can be found in the Inspiration Help Center.

Location AT computers and selected student computers

Category Productivity, planning and organisation


JAWS

Description Screen reader. A screen reader is a software application which converts text to synthesised speech output, allowing users to listen to all applications and content on their computer. JAWS is a powerful screen reader for blind and visually impaired computer users.

Location AT computers and selected student computers. You can borrow headphones from the library Help Desks.

Guides JAWS Screen reader documentation.

Category Low Vision  Listen to your computer


Mind Genius

Description Mind mapping is a visual form of note making. Mind mapping can help you:

  • create an overview of a topic
  • explore an idea, concept, or problem and identify relationships and connections
  • create revision plans with the use of colour and images to help recall information
  • plan and structure assignments and organize ideas, concepts and complex information.

Ming Genius contains some useful study skills and project management templates to help build your map.

Guides Mind Genius resources include 'how to' guides, templates and training.

Location  AT computers

Category Productivity, planning and organisation


Open Book

Description For use with PEARL scanner which can be borrowed from the Library Help Desk at Northampton Square. Portable scanner and text-to-speech package.The PEARL and Open Book software brings blind and low vision users instant portable access to printed material with an array of human-sounding voices. The folding camera deploys in seconds to connect to your PC and snap a picture of your reading material.

Guides PEARL and Open Book documentation.

Location ATC PC 1, ATC Room 1

Category Low Vision  Listen to your computer


Read&Write

Description A collection of tools to support your reading and writing, including: Hear documents read out loud, text prediction, screen masking and summary highlighters.

Guides Videos, training and guides can be found on TextHelp's training pages.

Location All City student computers

Category Productivity, planning and organisation Listen to your computer


Zoomtext

Description ZoomText Magnifier/Reader is a fully integrated magnification and reading program tailored for low-vision users. Magnifier/Reader enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, echoes your typing and essential program activity, and automatically reads documents, web pages, email.

Guides ZoomText Quick Reference Guide

Location AT computers and selected student computers

Category Low Vision  Listen to your computer