Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

Much of the assistive technology support comes through the Disabled Students Allowance.

However, The University of Worcester has a range of assistive software available on the student networked PCs or available for loan from the IT Helpdesk. 

The software includes:

Please note that the software is under constant review and the University network might have newer versions, or additional software available.


TextHelp Read & Gold (on campus network but not at the library) 
TextHelp Read & Write Gold enables you to hear web pages and documents read aloud to improve reading comprehension and help with proofreading your work. It lets you easily change the background colour of your computer screen, has a built-in screen ruler, dictionary and thesaurus, helps develop your writing skills with word prediction and supports independent research with a number of study skills tools.

Inspiration  (on campus network but not at the library) 
Inspiration software allows you to create visual mind maps so you can use colours, images and words to begin with a central idea and expand outward to more in-depth sub-topics. Mind maps display large amounts of information in ways that are easy to understand, and which help reveal relationships and patterns. They can be used to help with taking notes, planning assignments, revising or managing your time.

Supernova  (on campus network and limited loans) 
Supernova enables you to gain complete access to your learning materials. Course notes, essays and revision notes are clearly magnified, can be spoken with high quality voices and accurately translated to literary Braille. Lecture slides, hand-outs and feedback produced electronically can be read using your ideal combination of magnification, speech and Braille.

Limited loans:



JAWS reads aloud what is on your PC screen and gives you a unique set of tools for navigating and accessing Web pages and all screen content. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC. Its OCR features provide access to the text of PDF documents and scanned images.


Dragon Naturally Speaking Further Ed Pack  

Eligible students may use the above software in examinations. 

There are also many Free Assistive Technology features and tools available. Please contact us if you would like further information. 


Software Training Site


The University of Worcester is offering free specialist software training through the iView portal. This provides training videos on a whole range of specialist software including the items listed below and the software which you may have received through your DSA funding.

Please click on this link to view the instructions on how to register:


Please note you must sign up using your University email address. Once you register you will receive a confirmation email. Please check all your Inboxes for this reply, including your Junk Mail. If you have any problems please contact

Please click on this link to find information relating to free resources to help students with their work such as: useful websites, Apps, PC/laptop help, useful tools for Word documents


How to Change to Record online or face to face lectures.

Audio Notetaker

  1.   To record in face to face lectures set Record to Microphone only
  2. To record online lectures set Record to Speakers only (NB This is not possible for Mac computers)

Image shows how to change recording between microphone and speakers for in person and online lectures in Audio Notetaker.


  1.        To record in face to face lectures set Record to Screen Audio & Mic
  2. To record online lectures set Record to Screen Audio Only. Glean works with both Windows and Mac systems.

 Image shows how to change recording between microphone and speakers for in person and online lectures in Glean.

Making Documents Easier to Use

Powerpoints , pdf or word files can be converted into any other file type e.g. audio (mp3) so they can be listened to or used by a screen reader.

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Documents can be uploaded and the conversion will be emailed back to you.

It is an automated system so the document returned sometimes needs a bit of tweaking to make it more visually presentable but the underlying accessiblity will be there.

Contact us

We meet with students in a confidential space in firstpoint.  To book a Disability Advisor appointment please contact or visit firstpoint, which is open Monday to Friday 9:00am - 4:00pm, and is situated in the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre on St Johns Campus.  

Telephone: 01905 542551    Email:

To contact the team directly please email or telepone 01905 855531

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A detailed access guide to the Peirson Centre can be found on