Accessibility Tools and Software

Mind Mapping and Other Software to support Dyslexic Users

My Study Bar  – Free download available from Eduapps.
My Study Bar includes text to speech, readings aids, colour contrast, reading bar and mind mapping software for dyslexic users. Is a portable resource for students and can be downloaded on various operating systems: Click here for details

FreeMind Mindmapping Software
Click here for details

Mindmeister Mindmapping Software – also works on mobile devices. Free but with option to pay for enhancements
Click here for details

Dictionary and Thesaurus Software

The Sage – a free and simple to use English dictionary and thesaurus with over 210,000 definitions, synonyms and antonyms including examples and pronunciations. It is designed to help users who have difficulty reading, writing and generally preparing text. Words can be found through partial or pattern searches, so the whole word is not required. It also includes anagram production from a source word. The Sage also links through to online services including Google and Wikipedia for more extensive lookups. Results are displayed in tabbed windows with examples in context. Output can be read using installed computer voices.

Further information or demonstration

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Robobraille

Digital format conversion service available from Robobraille.org. Free for individuals and non commercial organisations and easy to use.

Available in English, Danish, Italian, Polish and Spanish.

Get Robobraille here

AMIS

AMIS is a software program that you can use to read DAISY books. It is self-voicing, meaning that no specialized screen-reading software is needed in order for it to be used by visually impaired people. AMIS is open source software and is provided free of charge.

AMIS – free open source daisy reader software downloadable from AMIS

Free Audiobooks from the LibriVox Project

The Librivox Project is a growing a collection of audio books in the public domain read by volunteers.  Much pleasanter to listen to than a computer generated voice. Books are mainly fiction but there is also some Freud and psychology related material. Click here to find out more.

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