Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

The University of Worcester has a range of assistive software available on the student networked PCs or available for loan from the ILS Helpdesk. The software includes:

The software includes: 


Text help Gold version 11 (on campus network but not at the library) 

Inspiration version 9 (on campus network but not at the library) 

Supernova version 15 (on campus network and limited loans) 

Limited loans:

Claroread (1 mobile device available for loan) 

JAWS version 16 (6 mobile devices limited loan) 

Zoomtext version 10.1 (1 mobile device available for loan) 

Dragon Naturally Speaking Further Ed Pack (5 mobile devices available for limited loan) 

Eligible students may use the above software in examinations. 

More about what is available:


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.

TextHelp Read & Write Gold

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.


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.


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.

There are also many Free Assistive Technology features and tools available. Click here for our guidance leaflet. 

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 8:30am - 5:30pm, and is situated in the Peirson Study and Guidance Centre on St Johns Campus.  

Telephone: 01905 542551    Email:

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

To contact the team directly email or ring 01905 855531