Assistive technologies

What are ‘Assistive Technologies’?

Assistive technologies are digital tools, specialist software and equipment that can help you increase your productivity when studying. For example, tools that read text aloud to you, rather than you reading the text on the screen, are assistive technologies.

Looking for a specific tool?

Our recommended resource is Ability Net’s My Computer My Way which provides simple ‘how to’ guides to make your device easier to use. 

Built-in features

Your computer and the main tools you use on it all have built-in features which are worth exploring, particularly the features of the operating systems and web browsers. Many of these appear in My Computer My Way

Your operating system

Make sure you explore the features of your operating system:

Your internet browser

Tools for PDFs

Acrobat Reader has a Read Aloud feature and an option to change the background colour when reading a PDF. Watch our videos to learn more:

How to use read aloud:

How to change background colours on a PDF:

Other free tools

There are many free and paid-for assistive technologies. These examples all have free versions: 

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