There is a range of assistive software available in the Library for all students to use.
More information about the software, including tutorials and guides, is available below.
If you have a disability or dyslexia and you are registered with Disability Advice, you can book an appointment with the Learning Support Officer (Disability and Dyslexia) for support and training on the assistive software. You can also access Library support for disabled and dyslexic users.
If you are not registered with Disability Advice, please contact the Library for IT support.
You may also find the information about the free Microsoft Accessibility Tools useful. These include tools to read information aloud to you and the Dictate tool, which will type as you talk.
MindView is a visual learning mind mapping tool designed to help you develop and organise ideas. It aims to enhance creativity, clarify your thoughts and improve memory and is a good study and revision tool.
MindView has functions which allow you to undertake tasks that are more involved than just simple mindmaps; for example creating essay plans, creating time lines, setting calendar reminders and creating tables of contents.
MindView is available on all Library PCs. You can also access it on your PC from home using the Remote App. This is a service that lets you use University applications on any device with an Internet connection without downloading them.
For help with saving your work see How do I save my work when using Mindview via the RemoteApp?
Mindview video tutorials and a Minview user guide are available on the MindView website.
Inspiration is mind mapping software which can be used to create concept maps, flow charts and mind maps to help to organise ideas in a visual way. It helps with organising and structuring ideas prior to starting written work such as reports and essays. It can also help to show the relationships between ideas or concepts. The mind map can then be easily converted into a written outline or presentation.
Inspiration is available on all Library PCs.
Inspiration video tutorials and an Inspiration user guide are available on the Inspiration website.
Read & Write supports your study skills through a toolbar which works alongside other applications such as Microsoft Word, email and the Internet. It is designed to provide support for people with writing, reading and spelling difficulties.
Here are just some of the tools available:
Read & Write is available on all Library PCs.
Read & Write video tutorials and Read & Write user guides are available on the TextHelp website. Try out a useful tool which allows you to discover the Read & Write toolbar bar buttons.
Read & Write for Google Chrome is a toolbar which offers many of the functions of the full Texthelp Read & Write software within the Chrome web browser. It works with webpages and files accessed through Office 365 and Google Drive.
Here are just some of the tools available:
Video tutorials on using Read & Write for Google Chrome, a Read&Write for Google Chrome - Quick Reference Guide and an interactive guide to Read&Write for Google Chrome Tools are available on the TextHelp website.
ClaroRead supports your study skills through a toolbar which works alongside other applications such as Microsoft Word, email and the internet. It is designed to provide support for people with writing, reading and spelling difficulties.
Here are just some of the tools available:
ClaroRead is available on all Library PCs.
ClaroRead video tutorials and ClaroRead user guides are available on the ClaroRead website.
ClaroRead Chrome is a toolbar which offers some of the functions of the full ClaroRead software within the Chrome web browser. It works with webpages and files accessed through Google Drive such as Google Docs and PDF files.
ClaroRead Chrome help guides are available.
Writing Helper helps you organise your written assignments, like essays, reports or dissertations. It will guide you through a linear, structured approach starting with an assignment question and a deadline, and ending with your essay in Word format!
Claro Writing Helper is available on Library PCs.
Claro Writing Helper help videos and user guides are available on the Claro website.
Pro-Study is a study tool that collects and organises your research in a single click. It categorises your research topics by grabbing your specifically selected text from Websites, PDFs, Microsoft Word and just about anywhere else you can select text and saving it into your personalised colour coded category tabs. Pro-Study provides quick hyperlinks back to the original websites. It also allows you to export this research as either a whole project or as individual categories into Microsoft Word or your favourite Mindmapping software with all of the referencing done for you in the required style and format.
Pro-Study for Windows is no longer installed on Library PCs. However, if you have been given access to Pro-Study Online through your Disabled Student Allowance you can still access this on Library computers. You will need to download the Pro-Study Extension from the Chrome Web Store. If you still need access to Pro-Study on Library computers and do not have access to it on your own computer, or if you would like to access Pro-Study Online please contact LibraryDisability@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Pro-Study Online video tutorials and Pro-Study Online user guide are available on the Pro-Study website.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking is speech recognition software which types as you speak. The software is not available in the Library as it must be used in an environment with no background noise and where others will not be disturbed by the speaking. If you are registered with Disability Advice you can contact the Learning Support Officer to request a demonstration of Dragon Naturally Speaking to help you decide whether to get your own copy, or for support with using your own copy of the software. Students not registered with Disability Advice would need to purchase their own copy of the software in order to use it.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking user guides and Dragon NaturallySpeaking video guides for PC are available.
Ayudi NoteTaker is an audio-based PC software program for easy note taking which allows you to combine lecture recordings with PowerPoint slides.
Audio NoteTaker is available on the Disability Resource Area PCs.
Audio NoteTaker video tutorials and more information is available on the Audio NoteTaker website.
If you have been recommended Audio NoteTaker through your Disabled Students Allowance for your own computer but have not received it yet you can access a free 60 day trial for the mobile app and the full software. This means you can start recording lectures whilst you wait for your Disabled Students Allowance software. Contact the Library Disability Support Team for access to the free trial.
There is also a mobile app for Audio NoteTaker which will allow you to record lectures on your mobile phone. You will need to own Audio NoteTaker for PC or Mac in order to use the Sonocent Link app.
JAWS is for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content.
JAWS reads aloud what's on the PC screen and gives you a set of tools for navigating and accessing web pages and all screen content.
If you need to use this software please contact your Disability Adviser, they can arrange for you to borrow a laptop with JAWS installed.
JAWS user guides are available on the JAWS website.
Zoomtext provides screen magnification and screen reading. You can choose from a selection of mouse pointers and cursors to make them more visible.
If you need to use this software please contact your Disability Adviser, they can arrange for you to borrow a laptop with Zoomtext installed.
Zoomtext video tutorials and Zoomtext user guides are available on the ZoomText website.
SuperNova is for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content.
It provides magnification and reads aloud what's on the PC screen and gives you a set of tools for navigating and accessing webpages and all screen content.
If you need to use this software please contact your Disability Adviser, they can arrange for you to borrow a laptop with Supernova installed.
SuperNova video tutorials and SuperNova user guides are available on the SuperNova website.
You can do this using SensusAccess, a web-based tool which allows students and staff to automatically convert documents into a range of alternative media.
Or you can use Ally File Transformer, available on the Assist tab in MyBeckett to convert documents into a range of different formats.
For files which are within your module content on MyBeckett you may be able to use Blackboard Ally. Blackboard Ally is a tool within MyBeckett which can convert files into alternative file formats.