Downloads and Links.
We have an extensive selection of downloads to support learners with additional needs providing independent access to a computer.
Some downloads are compressed and require an unzipper such as WinZip on versions of Windows prior to XP.
Features in this section:
Click N Type
Click N Type is a brilliant free utility for those who need to use an on-screen keyboard. As well as having word prediction, it is possible to resize and change the keyboard layout.
Features include: multiple keyboard layouts, word prediction, upper and lower case, scanning and switch accessible.
Download Click N Type (400 KB)For more information visit the Click N Type website
If you have a visual impairment and want to learn to type, Talking Typer will take you through the learning process at your own pace. With speech feedback, an easy to use interface you will soon be learning to navigate your way round a keyboard.
Download Talking Typer (22 MB)
MouseTool is an extremely useful utility for individuals how have difficulty clicking a mouse. Simply roll the mouse arrow over the icon or menu you want to open and MouseTool will perform a single click, double click and, if required, a drag lock.
Download MouseTool (400 KB)
MouseCageTM is software designed to help people with hand tremor control their computer mouse. It is simple to use, installs in seconds, and works with the mouse you already have. In many ways it is quite similar to 'SteadyMouse' with the exception that the free trial download is only for a limited period.
SteadyMouse is free software designed to assist people with the hand tremors that commonly go along with Parkinson's disease, Multiple sclerosis, etc.
- Anti-tremor mouse filtering
- Removal of accidental mouse clicks
- Assistive "Icon Targeting" system
- Quick enable/disable using the scroll lock key
- Simple design for easy configuration
Improve your mouse skills
If you know someone who has difficulties using a mouse, then this selection of visual mouse exercises will help to stimulate and engage a range of users. An interestng feature of this site is the 'cause and effect' mouse activities.
Free text to speech utility that integrates into Word! For people with reading and writing difficulties, having text reinforced by hearing it read aloud can be very useful. Specialised programs have existed to do this for a long time, and in many cases are extremely helpful and highly appropriate and should be seriously considered, perhaps in consultation with professional advice where necessary.
WordTalk is a free plug-in developed for use with all versions of Microsoft Word (from Word 97 upwards), which can help people with reading difficulties use Microsoft Word more effectively. It will speak the text of the document and will highlight it as it goes. It contains a talking dictionary to help decide which word spelling is most appropriate. It sits neatly in your toolbar and is highly configurable, allowing you to adjust the highlight colours, the voice and the speed of the speech.
My Learning Toolkit
Assist-I.T. has developed the My Learning Toolbar to support struggling learners. The toolbar integrates with Word and provides a range of frequently used tools all in one toolbar, for example, frequent homophones (confusables), increasing text size and space, colour background and the 'research' tool for accessing synonyms and encyclopedias on line.
To download the My Learning Toolkit right click the link as select 'Save Target As' to save to your desktop.
ReadPlease is suitable for those who have a visual impairment and/or experience dyslexia. By simply copying and pasting information from a word document or Internet page, ReadPlease will read or echo back the copied text.
As well as changing background colours, text can also be magnified to meet a range of needs.
Download ReadPlease (11 MB)
ReadingBar is the latest addition to the ReadPlease collection. ReadingBar seamlessly integrates into your web browser and will read information on the screen. It reads any web page, makes mp3/wav files, zooms any page, text-only version web pages, translates and much more! This is a 30 day trial.
Download ReadingBar (18 MB)
Phonetic Speller Werdz
Phonetic Speller 'Werdz is software developed by IBM that will correctly spell words such as "sossidge, lettis," and "menny utha werdz.
Text-to-Speech Software (Saving spoken text in MP3 format)
Text-To-Speech software will read back text on a range of Windows applications. A particularly useful feature of the following downloads is that they can record spoken text and save the files in MP3 or WAV format.
Recorded text can then be played on a portable device such as a mobile phone, PDA or MP3 player.
Both downloads will allow you to use the software for a 30-day trial period.
The BBC Skillwise site provides a wealth of resources to help learners improve literacy and numeracy skills and includes engaging and interactive games, factsheets, worksheets, quizzes and games to support struggling learners.
A big thank you to Sensory Software for this download. The Big Calculator is a very useful utility for a learner who needs an additional bit of help to identify the numbers etc. Tip: Click and drag the Calculator to resize it to meet your needs.
This is a great utility for learners who require audio visual support with numeracy. .
The Maths Dictionary for Kids
The Maths Dictionary for Kids was written by Australian primary school teacher Jenny Eather.
It is an animated, interactive dictionary that uses simple language to explain over 400 mathematical terms.
There is an alphabetical index of terms and, in addition to simple definitions, there are examples and activities to test a student's knowledge.
EasyMaths is a free online course designed to make the learner a maths expert with little effort. The contains GCSE material offering tutorials, exam bank a practice room, and Games and Puzzles.
The tutorials involve revision notes and coursework. In the Practice Room, each study area is split into categories for easy location. It also offers tips to pass exams and practice questions with solutions. The site attempts to make maths fun with jokes, games and tricks to encourage users to discuss maths in everyday life.
Funbrain - The Learning Factory
Although the site is primarily designed for a younger age group, it is suitable for older students who want to improve their knowledge of basic grammar, numeracy, culture and the Universe.
The environment is very bright and colourful, and is well organised with some great games, which really enhance the learning process and build up IT skills for students who have had little or no contact with computers.
Pointer Accessible Maths Worksheet
An exercise in using Microsoft Word to provide pointer accessibility. This is a simple maths recording worksheet and should work in Word 97 onwards. To type a number, the student steers their pointing device to the relevant grey area and clicks inside it. A number can then be typed.
A stand-alone serial switch driver for Windows, programmed to send the standard keys of Space and Return.
For single or two switch access. Option to send a continuous stream of keypresses or a single keypress.
Send a selection of other commonly used keypresses such as function keys and number keys.
Priory Woods School
Priory Woods is an all age community special school situated in east Middlesbrough.
As well as providing a quality, inclusive education for pupils with severe learning
difficulties and those with profound and multiple needs, they have a magnificent website.
The Priory Woods resources section contains over 150 programs for switch, touch-screen and pointing device users - all are free to download and include switch activities, cause and effect/targeting activities, interactive storybooks and much, much more!
Download free switch games:
SEN Teacher Resources
Resources, freeware downloads, links and documents for those involved in the education of pupils with learning difficulties, autism and other special educational needs. Some of the materials may also be of use to teachers and parents of primary aged children.
BigShot Screen Magnifier
BigShot is a low-cost, easy-to-use magnification program allows you to fine tune the screen for more comfortable viewing. BigShot features 20 levels of magnification from 100 to 200 percent and allows you to focus on your work without straining to see the screen.
BigShot is an ideal solution for learning and works great on laptops and desktops.
You can also download BigShot to fully evaluate the product on your system before making a purchase decision. Trial software is available free of charge and may be downloaded from the following link.
iZoom, the first free full-screen magnifier/reader is now available from Issist and contains the following features: Intuitive interface makes it simple to use, 1.5X to 16X magnification on supported sites, and up to 3X on unsupported sites, 6 Zooming modes, including Full Screen and Magnifying Lens, adjustable zoom lens size, high grade image smoothing, user configurable color settings, cursor enhancements and option to launch the program automatically at startup.
This is a great utility particularly when it is free! It also has speech output support which makes it a great all rounder!
Virtual Magnifying Glass
The Virtual Magnifying Glass is a magnifying glass lens that follows the mouse movement.
You can move the lens around the screen to view magnification of any screen area. To close the lens, click the left mouse button. Virtual Magnifying Glass also adds it's own taskbar icon. Left-click on the icon offers a shortcut for launching the lens again.
Thanks to the R J Cooper site for this. If you have a difficulty, seeing the mouse cursor on the screen Biggy offers a range of large mouse pointers. A great all-round utility that works within any software!
Large Cursors and Pointers
Designed at the Ace Centre the Large Cursors and Pointers download provides 80 additional pointers and cursors for those with visual or perceptual difficulties. Icon styles include animated, coloured, large, I-beams and circles.