Networked assistive software


UCL staff and students have access to software that can help everyone to study, including those with disabilities. Most of the following software is available for use on Desktop@UCL and some of it can also be installed on your own computer. Please check the availability on the UCL software database (login required).  

Assistive technology guides explain how to install and use software that is free or licensed for use by UCL staff and students. 

Network licenced software

  • TextHelp Read and Write: combines a screen reader, highlighter & literacy support for dyslexic students in particular. 
  • Inspiration: visualise ideas using mind maps with images & colour codes. 

You can access free training on these packages via the booking system on the ISD IT Training site.

Free software 

Screen readers 

  • Balabolka: read aloud or save text to a sound file so you can listen to it later. 
  • Orato: have your text read out loud and read along with word highlighting. 
  • NVDA: screen reader with advanced options (a free alternative to JAWS). 

Coloured Overlay 

  • Ss Overlay: add a colour overlay to the screen with customisable transparency. 

Magnifying glass 

Mind mapping 

  • XMind: mind mapping software to help plan ideas, outline essays and arrange projects

For information on other apps to support you with anxiety and depression, please look at the mental health apps page.