Assistive Technologies

You can find the assistive software on every IT Services cluster PC. This can be found on the Start Menu and is available to all students who have registered with the Disability, Mental health and Learning Support service

The University provides free mind-mapping (MindGenius) and proof reading (Read and Write) software which is available to everyone through the Start menu. 

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MindGenius is approved by the British Dyslexia Association and provides remarkable flexibility in how you visualise and organise ideas and information. The mind mapping software gives you freedom to customise the structure, shapes, and colors of your mind maps.

MindGenius is available to download from the University's SoftwareCentre and MySoftware

 Read And Write 11.5 Gold Edition









Read and Write 11.5 is the world's leading literacy support software designed to assist users who require extra assistance when reading or composing text. The software provides users with dyslexia with literature support and it provides a host of study features to assist any user with research and composition. 


The University also provides the following assistive software for students registered with the Disability and Learning Support Team:

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Jaws 2018




Jaws for Windows

Jaws is a computer screen-reader programme that allows blind or visually impaired users to read the screen either with a text-to-speech output or by refreshable braille display. You can control Jaws by using keyboard shortcuts. 


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ZoomText is a program designed for the visually impaired. It is a powerful screen magnifier and screen reader that makes your computer easier to see, hear and use. You are able to magnify your computer screen from 1 to 16 times it's usual size. You can also choose from a number of different adjustable views that let you see both a magnified and unmagnified portion of the screen at the same time. It is also possible to invert the colours displayed for ease of use.

Speech features assist you in processing the information on your screen. ZoomText can read text that you type or point to with the mouse. ZoomText moves the magnified area of the screen so you always see the text being read and it highlights words and lines that are being spoken. 







Other Facilities and Information

In addition to the above there are also dedicated Assistive Technology Booths available for eligible students which can be found in the Main Library and Orchard Learning Resource Centre in Selly Oak. More information can be found here.


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