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Accessibility Tools

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&Write is a literacy support tool that offers help for everyday tasks. With tools to meet the needs of different learners, right across the curriculum. Like reading text out loud, understanding unfamiliar words and proofing written work.

It is installed by default on all open access computers. 

To download and use this on your own device please follow the steps below:

  • Login at
  • Use St Marys credentials or
  • Click Read&Write – Windows or Read&Write - OSX.
  • This shows the License Key and URL to the KI for instructions.
  • Click the Download button to take you to the software website.
  • Click Try Read&Write.
  • Select your operating system.
  • Once you have installed the downloaded file, launch Read&Write from the desktop icon or Start Menu.
  • Read&Write will open and you will see a small window in the top right of your screen.
  • Application Window for Read&Write.
  • Click on the purple icon to open the login menu.
  • Select the option Sign in with Microsoft Login menu for Read&Write Log in with your Office 365 username and password - for students (staff -
  • If you are prompted to accept permissions for the app to access your account, click Accept.
  • The app should now be fully logged in and ready to use.

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.

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.

  • - 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

For information about the accessibility features available in Zoom, Microsoft Teams and Panopto Screen Recorder, please click the relevant link below:

Reporting Accessibility Issues