We can help you use and get specialist IT software to help increase your productivity and improve your access to various websites and systems.
TextHelp Read and Write
Text Help - Read & Write is software which we have available for use by staff and students. Read & Write is an award-winning literacy toolbar that helps reach every learner and realise their full potential. Read&Write offers support with everyday tasks like reading text out loud, understanding unfamiliar words, researching assignments and proofing written work.
It is installed by default on all open access computers. Following our license agreement, this can only be installed on St Mary's owned campus devices.
Guidance for TextHelp Read & Write is available below:
There are a number of paid screenreading tools available, but there are also some free third-party tools available, as well as tools built-in to Microsoft and Apple operating systems.
- NVDA is a free screenreader available for download:
Dictation / Speech to text / Speech recognition
There are a number of free online tools that can be used to convert your spoken words into text for you to save, or copy and paste into a document.
- Dictation.io - allows you to copy, save, publish, tweet, email and print the dictated text.
- TalkTyper - allows you to copy, print, email, tweet and translate the dictated text.
- GBoard - Google's smartphone keyboard allows for voice dictation for typing. It also iuncludes handwriting typing, glide typing, and google translate.
In most browsers, you can navigate using the Focus by pressing the Tab key. This should then show the object which is currently focused, and progress sequentially.
You can try this by going to a webpage of your choice, and seeing if you can navigate through using only your keyboard. While the Tab key is the most commonly used, a full array of navigation keys and descriptions of keyboard shortcuts can be found online.
Browser specific navigation information can be found below:
Control your computer with your voice
Windows and MacOS have built-in voice recognition tools that can be used to control your computer
Accessibility features in Zoom, Teams and Panopto
For information about the accessibility features available in Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Panopto Screen Recorder, please click the relevant link below:
Reporting Accessibility Issues