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COVID Lockdown - resources to help you access your work during this time

This page contains useful resources to help you to work from home during this period of remote working. Many companies are allowing users to access assistive technology for free during this time.

Software and training for accessibility.

UCL already has a range of software for staff and students to use on Desktop@UCL and through the software database. More information can be found on the UCL networked assistive software page.

Read&Write – is a text to speech software and can be accessed remotely during this period of campus closure. The video below demonstrates how you can access Read&Write via a take home access code which you will need to request.

Instructional video for accessing Read&Write

To obtain an access code for temporary use - please contact Michele Farmer or Reena Babu

Read and Write and Inspiration are now available on Desktop Anywhere for UCL users.


SuperNova – is screen magnifier software. The parent company Dolphin is offering three months of free usage during this period. You can choose any edition of Supernova: Magnifier, Magnifier & Speech or Magnifier & Screen Reader
To learn more about the options on offer please consult Dolphin’s website, or call them for advice on 01905 754577.

Dolphin Easy Reader – this is a free app which can be used for accessing books from the RNIB Bookshare. It reads both EPUB and PDF and downloads are available for both iOS and Android.

JAWS and MS Teams – If you use the JAWS screen reader app Freedom Scientific have released a free training course and some excellent cheat sheets for those that want to use Teams with JAWS.

Sonocent - this software enables you to record lectures and add photographs and notes. If you have a copy of AudioNotetaker you will also be able to download these recordings to your PC to edit and use with Word.

Other resources available

Guardian article on mental health support

UMO mental health resource video 

BSL Zone TV channel
Free BSL Course
Mind - Coronvirus and your wellbeing
Theatre from your home
Selection of relaxation apps Please note: We are not responsible for any issues arising from using this third-party app software. Some apps require purchasing.