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Assistive Software Training

A variety of training is available, free of charge, for University and College staff and all students. Training can be tailored to the users requirements, 1:1 training is carried out in our dedicated Assistive Technology room on the West Cambridge Site and group training is delivered in one of our large training rooms.

It is also possible to deliver the training at your place of work, depending upon the availability of the required software.

For information about booking a one-to-one introductory sessions or for further information please email

Effective Workstation Ergonomics

Assistive Technology covers a wide-range of adaptive tools, equipment and software. It also identifies strategies beneficial to users with disabilities, including upper limb issues, which may be affecting their work or study.

This session will be useful for users experiencing an upper limb problem, shoulder or back problem. Users will gain an in-depth understanding of in-built Windows 7 adjustments to help manage symptoms. Opportunities will be available to look at alternative input devices and helpful software and you will be shown simple strategies to help you work or study more effectively.

Next Session: 21 November 2014 - Bookings can be made here

Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Dragon NaturallySpeaking is a voice activated software option for PCs. It allows the user to create and edit files and to control the PC by voice. A classroom based group training course is run termly and covers dictation skills, creating and editing documents and controlling the PC by voice.

The MCS supports Dragon NaturallySpeaking 8

Inspiration

Inspiration is a visually creative, mind mapping tool for PCs and Macintosh computers. The users ideas are represented as elements within a diagram which can also be viewed as an outline list. Additional notes, sound, links and images can be added to diagrams or outlines before they are exported to a word processor for editing and printing.

The MCS currently offers access to Inspiration 7.6 for PCs and Macintoshes.

JAWS

JAWS is a screen reading software package for PCs. An introduction to JAWS can be arranged to assist users to access a pc using a series of keystrokes. JAWS can also be used by web developers to test their web site compatibility and accessibility with popular screen reading software.

SuperNova

Supernova is a multi-function magnification and screen reading program for PCs.  It offers the user a choice of output methods; screen magnification, speech or Braille. Introductory sessions can be tailored to meet individual requirements including configuration of magnification levels, speech output and colour to assist users with visual difficulties to access their PCs.

TextHelp Read&Write

The Assistive Technology Specialist is a certified trainer for TextHelp Read&Write software.text cert logo rgb-1.tif

Read&Write is a literacy support tool aimed primarily, though not exclusively, to assist users who have difficulties creating and reading documents accurately.

The MCS currently offers limited access to TextHelp Read&Write 7 Standard for PCs and TextHelp Read&Write Gold for Macintoshes.

ZoomText

ZoomText is a multi-function magnification and screen reading program for PCs.  It offers the user a choice of screen magnification and speech output. Introductory sessions can be tailored to meet the users requirements including configuration of magnification levels, speech output and colour to assist users with visual difficulties to access their PCs.

The Assistive Technology team currently supports ZoomText 9.0

For information about booking a one-to-one introductory session or for further information please email