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Disability - assistive software

We have a range of software available in our assistive technology areas and bookable study rooms. Software includes Dragon, Jaws, Kurzweil 1000, Read&Write, ClaroRead and Zoomtext.

Cicero

Cicero effectively takes your computer and scanner and turns them into a reading machine for people with a visual impairment. Printed text documents are placed on the scanner and can then be translated into speech, Braille or simply held as a text document which can be adjusted, saved, edited and printed out.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking Preferred

Turn your voice into text three times faster than most people type with up to 99% accuracy. It’s so easy, you can use it right out of the box. It learns to recognize your voice instantly and continually improves the more you use it.

Dragon NaturallySpeaking works with the most commonly used desktop applications, including Microsoft Word, Internet Explorer, AOL and more! Just about anything you do now by typing can be done faster using your voice. Create and edit documents or emails. Open and close applications. Control your mouse and entire desktop.

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A guide to getting started with Dragon

Jaws for Windows

JAWS for Windows is a powerful accessibility solution that reads information on your screen using synthesized speech. JAWS provides many useful commands that make it easier to use programs, edit documents, and read Web pages. An array of versatile features and customizable options lets you tailor JAWS for your individual needs and preferences.

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Read&Write Gold

Read&Write GOLD is an easy to use toolbar that "floats" on top of any open application. Assistance is available for User as they are working. The software works discreetly with all mainstream Windows applications. This offers customers with literacy difficulties, dyslexia or English as a second language the opportunity to work in an inclusive manner alongside their peers and colleagues.

  • All computers within our Accessible Study Rooms and Assistive Technology Area have Read&Write Gold installed
  • Read&Write Gold is available to download on ALL University owned and networked computers (subject to terms and conditions)
  • See information below on how to  download the software

    All computers in our Assistive Technology Area and Accessible Study Rooms have Read&Write Gold preinstalled. We also have an area of computers within the PG Hub with it installed.

    It is not restricted to these areas though! You can use it on ANY University owned and networked computers (subject to terms and conditions).

    To download the software you can follow the IT Services instructions.

    Another way to download Read&Write Gold is via the computers Software Centre. This can be found via ‘All Programs’ menu on the computer.

    • Select ‘Software Center’ which will bring up all the available software
    • Then select Read&Write 11 as pictured below
    • You can then select the ‘install’ link and the software will be downloaded to that computer
    • If you require any support with this please email library at warwick dot ac dot uk or visit the IT Helpdesk
    Screenshot of the 'all programs' screen
    Screenshot of the install screen
    screenshot showing Read Write 11 instructions

    We are able to offer individual inductions for Read&Write Gold or for any of our assistive software within the Library. If you are interested please contact library at warwick dot ac dot uk or visit the Helpdesk.

    For further information regarding Read&Write Gold and some ‘getting started’ tips please visit their website.

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Zoomtext

ZoomText Magnifier is an advanced screen magnification program that enlarges and enhances everything on the computer screen, making your computer easier to see and use.

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EasyProducer

EasyProducer converts standard Microsoft Word files into DAISY digital talking books (sychronized audio and text) that can be searched and navigated.

EasyProducer is the perfect solution for anyone looking to make their Microsoft Word documents fully accessible as full text and audio DAISY talking books. EasyProducer is ideal for readers with blindness, low vision, dyslexia and other specific learning disabilities, as well as readers wanting to create fully accessible versions of their documents.

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Kurzweil 1000

'Scan and read' software that makes printed or electronic text accessible to people who are blind or visually impaired.

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A guide to getting started with Kurzweil

ClaroRead Pro

A wide range of visual tools are included to colour, highlight, and focus on text as it is spoken by the computer. ClaroRead improves written accuracy with an enhanced spell check, homophone check, thesaurus and speaking dictionary. Words can also be spoken back as they are typed. ClaroRead can speak practically any on-screen text out loud, and is perfectly integrated with Microsoft Word. With ClaroRead Pro, scanned books and documents are also read back with complete clarity.

The software assists customers with literacy difficulties, dyslexia or English as a second language.

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Audio Notetaker

Audio Notetaker offers a visual and interactive form of note taking.

Instead of the single stream of information you get with standard audio, Audio Notetaker splits your recording up into individual phrases and displays them on screen as a bar.

You can then organise these bars by colour coding good sections and removing poor sections.

It provides solutions to the troublesome elements of using audio recordings effectively. It enables you to find the part you want, mark important sections, remove unwanted information and merge audio with slides, notes and other recordings.

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Alternatively watch the YouTube videos created by Sonocent which give a clear explanation of many of the functions.

Mindjet MindManager

Mindjet is a mind mapping software. The University holds site licence for this software, which allows staff and students to download on university and personally owned machines (subject to terms and conditions.)

This can be easily downloaded via the software centre for computers on campus or via IT services.

MindManager has been installed on all computers within the Accessible Study Rooms and Assistive Technology Area.

Inspiration

A mind-mapping and visual learning software allowing you to visually organise and outline your work.

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Please feedback any comments you have about our existing service for students with disabilities or learning differences. We are always interested to hear about equipment, software or services that may assist you with accessing the Library and its resources.