Software and apps
When we provide equipment to children and young people we often provide software and applications which also support the assistive technology and access for the young person. Here we will provide more information about these different applications.
Clicker 8: This is a literacy support package with a variety of tools. It has a word processor with features including speech feedback, talking spell checker, word prediction, Voice Notes and picture support.
First Keys: The latest version of the popular First Keys program; a friendly introduction to the keyboard that uses speech, phonics and the Widgit Symbols in colourful and engaging missing-letter exercises to teach literacy skills.
Sonocent produces Audio Notetaker, desktop software that turns audio into visual blocks; notes can then be structured using colored highlighting, and combined with images and text notes.
WordQ 5 supports users of all ages by offering state-of-the-art word prediction, speech feedback, proofreading and more. WordQ can be used virtually anywhere you type on a computer, online or offline, helping users realize their full potential and gain confidence in their communication and self-expression.
Splash! is a powerful maths and science framework program for teachers, teaching assistants, and parents to produce bespoke resources for their students at different stages of their development. It comes with a number of ready-made and free resources and is compatible with multiple different access methods.
SymWriter2 is a symbol word processor that allows writers of any ability to see the meaning of words as they type or input content from grids, supporting access to new or challenging vocabulary.
Mind Express helps people with communication disorders learn to communicate independently using symbols and letters, or a combination of both. Mind Express incorporates more than 20 years of experience supporting users worldwide with cerebral palsy, autism (ASD), selective mutism, MS, MND, Down’s syndrome, aphasia, etc. in their daily activities.
Mouse Skills takes learners stage by stage through the many applications of the mouse. Move the mouse over an object, drag and drop, drag along a path and the use of drop-down menus are all represented. Various clicking activities can be found such as clicking anywhere, click timing and double clicking.
Texthelp provide a range of technology solutions for teaching and learning across the whole curriculum. These solutions include, but are not limited to; accessible maths, reading and writing tools.
Claro Software develops Assistive Technology software for people with disabilities such as print and reading difficulties like dyslexia. Software includes text-to-speak, mind mapping and idea capturing tools, communication tools and many more.
Dolphin provide accessibility software to support those who are blind, partially sighted or who have a reading impairment such as dyslexia in their personal, professional or education lives.
VoxAid dramatically increases the capabilities of Dragon Professional by adding thousands of tailor-made commands that empower the user to: use, navigate and automate popular Mind Mapping, Note taking, MS Office and other software, in far more ways than Dragon alone.
HelpKidzLearn is a collection of software for young children and those with learning difficulties to play online. The software is split into five sections: Early Years, Games and Quizzes, Stories and Songs, Creative Play & Find Out About.
Wordshark provides a fun and effective games-based solution for students learning to spell and read. The program is especially useful for those with dyslexia and other special educational needs.
Numbershark provides games and activities that teach and reinforce numeracy skills. Numbershark is used by students of varying ages and abilities but is especially popular for those with dyscalculia and other SEN.
Discovery Education Espresso is a curriculum-centred primary teaching resource, offering instant access to a wealth of essential classroom resources aligned to the curriculum across a wide range of subjects.