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Services and Assistive Software

Free Downloadable Assistive Software

There is an ever increasing range of free software available on the Web to assist you. Below are a few examples you may find useful.

In addition, Windows 7, 8 and 10 have inbuilt assistive software. These are usually found under "Accessories", then "Ease of Access" or "Access Tools".

Please note: the University does not endorse these products or provide training or technological support for them.

  • The Microsoft Accessibility Link to external website website provides information about accessibility features including tutorials for windows 7, 8 and 10 and office 2010, 13 and Office365.
  • Natural Reader Link to external website is a text to speech software with natural sounding voices. This easy to use software can convert any written text such as MS Word, Webpage, PDF files, or eBooks into spoken words or into audio files such as MP3 or WAV
    Main features: OCR -
    • Turn printed document or eBooks into speech and audio files
    • Highlights text when reading, large fonts, high contrast colour interface, typing Echo, spelling check, work prediction
  • WordTalk Link to external website is a UK based free text to speech plug in for MS Word which speaks the text of the document and it will highlight it as it goes.
  • WordWeb Link to external website is a comprehensive one click English thesaurus and dictionary for windows
  • AccessApps Link to external website consists of over 60 open source and freeware Windows applications which run from a USB stick.

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