Current Students

Assistive Technology Service

Assistive Technology (AT) helps you do things that might be difficult.

Our service at Bradford College includes hardware devices, technology, resources, training and a range of software and programmes.

The Assistive Technology Service makes sure all items are fit for use and train you if needed.

We aim to:

  • empower you to be independent in your studies
  • support the College in being an accessible environment

Key areas of the service include:

  • providing advice and training on Assistive Technology software/hardware 
  • providing advice to students and learning support tutors 
  • providing Assistive Technology for student assessments and exams
  • supporting Assistive Technology software on campus PCs
  • managing the stock and loan of the Assistive Technology equipment to students

Loan equipment and support

If you have additional support needs, we can loan you items in agreement with your support tutor or wellbeing advisor.

Items include:

  • laptops with specialist software
  • dictaphones
  • magnification
  • braille devices
  • ergonomic aids
  • reading pens
  • tablet devices


Across college, specialist software is installed for use by students and staff.

Text Help (Read Write) and Mind view are available on any college computer.

We are constantly evaluating our software used and its effectiveness across college.​

Learning support area

Come to the learning support area on the third floor of the David Hockney Building to meet your tutors.

You can also access the PCs and Macs that have a range of specialist software, such as Jaws, Text Help, Mind View, Dragon, Inspiration, Zoom Text, and Quick Scan.

Find out more

You will be able to talk to us about Assistive Technologies when you register with Disability Services or Learning Support.

For general information call 01274 088382.

Assistive Technology training

These guides may help you use the AT software.

If you are a supported student you can also access one-to-help help through your Learning Support Tutor.

Text Help / Read Write

Read Write AT Guide (pdf)


Assistive Software Use Guide – Mindview (pdf)

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Assistive Software Use Guide – Dragon NaturallySpeaking (pdf)

Dragon Quick Start Guide (pdf)

Dragon Commands (pdf)

Free downloads of software for personal use

We are not responsible for the content of external websites and downloads.

Dyslexia and dyspraxia

Inspiration (free trial download page).

TextHelp Read and Write (main website, containing links to demo downloads).

NaturalReader Text to Speech (Mac version) – select free version.

NaturalReader Text to Speech (Windows version) – select free version .

Visual impairment

Sight and Sound Technology offer a wide range of assistive software, such as JAWS and ZoomText. Demo copies and free trials are available for some of these programs.

NVDA Access Screen reader is also available as free open-source software.

Colour Veil is a free screen tint / filter overlay program for use on Windows PCs.

Last updated: 19 May 2020

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