Use your own tools

The Needs Assessment Centre (NAC) has created a list of free or low priced software and apps that can be used onto your existing devices.

Disclaimer

These resources are collated information from a variety of sources and are intended only as a guide and for your convenience.  The University of Northampton and the Needs Assessment Centre cannot accept responsibility for any inaccuracies/broken links etc. The use of any software linked from this website is at your own risk. The NAC and the University of Northampton do not own the content of the videos linked from this website.

For your computer

There is a variety of other software which can support your studying such as virtual typing tutorials.

  • GCF LearnFree.org: tutorials for many of the Windows and Mac operating systems, Microsoft Office (Word, powerPoint, Excel) as well as Internet, email  basics and much more
  • Microsoft tutorials on accessibility features and their products
  • My Computer My Way: methods that can tailor the settings for your keyboard and mouse, Windows, the Internet and your favourite applications, to suit you and your needs
  • OpenOffice: an open-source office software suite which includes applications for word-processing, spreadsheets, presentations and more.
  • Zotero [pronounced zoh-TAIR-oh]: an easy-to-use Firefox extension to help you collect, manage and cite your research sources. It lives in the web browser itself
  • Get Safe Online: easy to understand information on online safety [sponsored by the British government]

Apps

  • Tools for life: search for apps by disability, price range and device type.  Many apps have reviews
  • Evernote: this app makes it easy to remember things big and small from your everyday life using your computer, phone, tablet and the web
  • EduApps: consists of eight useful software collections that are free for you to download and use

 Apple iOS Apps

People are advised to check which version of iOS their phone is running and the compatibility with the app before installing it on their phone.  To install apps, a valid Apple account will be required, even when the app is free. If you have an iOS device, open this page from your phone’s browser, it should redirect you to the corresponding App Store  page.

  • HearYouNow (free): sound amplifier to help understand conversations better. Created by ExSilent (a Dutch hearing aids manufacturer), HearYouNow is a free amplification tool to help understand conversations better in situation such as a meeting, in a restaurant.  To use this app you require headphones to be connected to the iPhone. Please note that this does not replace hearing aids or radio aids.
  • Stepping Stones daily routine (£0.99): Create visual guides using your own photos to be reminded of tasks to complete (do the dishes, prepare your lunch, do your coursework etc.). Helpful for people with Autism, ADD, learning difficulties or anxiety.
  • What’s up? – A Mental Health App (free): using CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods, this app helps you record your thoughts, rate your feelings and provide you with some coping techniques that can be customised.
  •  Medisafe Pill Reminder, RX & Medicine Tracker (free): this app helps you manage your medication intake by allowing you to set up reminders and get refill reminders.
  • Google Keep (free): Create notes and list that you can easily share.  With the synchronisation mode (requires a free Google account), you will be able to access your notes from all devices (requires internet connection). Notes can be in any format: pictures, tick boxes, text etc.
  • Google Calendar (free): different views available for this calendar (month, week, day views) and synchronise any event from your emails (requires a Google/Gmail account).  You can also add personal goals and Calendar will schedule them automatically.
  • Countdown+ (free Lite version): Countdown to events such as birthdays, holidays or assignment deadlines.

 Android Apps

People are advised to check which version of Android their phone is running and the compatibility with the app before installing it on their phone.

  • What’s up? – A Mental Health App (free): using CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and ACT (Acceptance Commitment Therapy) methods, this app helps you record your thoughts, rate your feelings and provide you with some coping techniques that can be customised.
  •  Medisafe Meds and Pill Reminder (free): this app helps you manage your medication intake by allowing you to set up reminders and get refill reminders.
  • Google Keep (free): Create notes and list that you can easily share.  With the synchronisation mode (requires a free Google account), you will be able to access your notes from all devices (requires internet connection). Notes can be in any format: pictures, tick boxes, text etc.
  • Google Calendar (free): different views available for this calendar (month, week, day views) and synchronise any event from your emails (requires a Google/Gmail account).  You can also add personal goals and Calendar will schedule them automatically.
  • Countdown+ (free Lite version): Countdown to events such as birthdays, holidays or assignment deadlines.

 

 Smartphone in-built accessibility

Apple iPhones offer a wide range of tools to improve the accessibility of their phones.  This varies from text-to-speech, screen tint, Mono Audio, VoiceOver, Magnifier and zoom etc. More details are available on Apple’s dedicated webpage: http://www.apple.com/uk/accessibility/iphone/

Although less known, Android phones also offer some in-built accessibility features: https://support.google.com/accessibility/android/answer/6006564?hl=en-GB

 

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