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Assistive Technology available for use

What assistive technology is available?

Laptops for loan are available for you to use. For further information, please contact our IT Support team.

Read and Write Gold is is also installed on all pcs and laptops

Microsoft Ease of Access Centre on PCs includes:

  • Visual alternatives for sounds
  • Text to speech instead of visual display
  • On-screen keyboard
  • Speech recognition/pointer instead of mouse/keyboard- dictates text
  • Onscreen magnifier
  • Windows narrator
  • Link to learning about additional assistive technologies online

Macs have accessible features already built in: http://www.apple.com/uk/accessibility

  • Vision: VoiceOver informs visually impaired users about activity on their device
  • Hearing: FaceTime video calls communicates using sign language and facial expression
  • Physical and motor skills: Enter common Multi-Touch gestures using AssistiveTouch
  • Learning and literacy: Guided Access in iOS helps those with cognitive disabilities stay focused on a single app
  • Software and free assistive technology

Software installed

Software installed on all PCs and laptops:

Free assistive technology

The  links opposite go to websites recommending assistive software packages which can be downloaded free of charge.

Disclaimer: These websites are not maintained by Middlesex University.

These include text-to-speech, writing support, and visual comfort on PCs


Free and Open Source software recommendations.


Free Assistive Technology solutions (Open Source or Freeware)


A suite of portable Windows freeware applications assembled into one package to support learners with literacy difficulties. It can be run from a USB pen drive or from your desktop.

DNA Matters

A comprehensive list of suggested freely available resources with descriptions, reviews of and links to each resource.

  • Software: 'How to' Guides

This section contains information videos for various software titles which aid accessibility.

Please Note: The University is not responsible for, nor assumes any liability for, the contents of videos or external websites which are linked to within University's web pages.

Read & Write Gold


Windows Accessibility Features

Mac Accessibility Features

Dragon Naturally Speaking:

Audio Notetaker - Video 1

Audio Notetaker - Video 2

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