Microsoft, Apple and Android devices already have lots of built in features to help you learn in different ways.
Find out how to make the most of them to increase your productivity and learning capability.
Microsoft has a lot of in-built productivity tools. Read the following overview of tools available and click on the link at the bottom for more information.
There are many adaptations you can make to your Windows set up with colour contrasts & filters, icon and mouse pointer sizes, screen reading software and hands free sign on.
You can present using live subtitles with MS Translator; caption your videos & PowerPoint slides with MS Stream and adapt stereo to mono sound.
Focus Assist blocks distracting alerts and notifications. Tell Me lets you access commands in several Office 365 applications without using the ribbon. Reading View in MS Edge browser presents web pages in a simple uncluttered layout.
Immersive Reader helps you to improve your reading ability. Editor browser extension in MS Edge or Chrome corrects your grammar. Text suggestions in Word can also help with grammar.
Dictate converts your speech to text in Office 365 applications. You can set up keyboard shortcuts so you don't have to use a mouse and you can click with your eyes if you purchase an eye control tracker such as Tobii Eye Tracker.
Hover Text expands the text you're trying to read. VoiceOver can help you with Apple's built-in gestures, browse webpages and can tell Braille hardware what's displayed on your screen. Dark Mode can make it easier to read the screen.
You can purchase closed captions for various forms of media and customise the caption fonts. You can also listen in mono instead of stereo.
Voice Control lets you fully control your Mac using only your voice. Siri helps you to search the web, create reminders and send messages. An accessible on screen keyboard provides limited mobility, typing and navigational capabilities, auto-capitalisation and word suggestions. Macs also support the DwellClick app for hands-free clicking with your mouse. Built in Switch Control allows you the ability to navigate onscreen keyboards, menus and the doc using a variety of adaptive devices.
Built-in text editing and dictionary apps help improve your writing.
Accessibility options can be found in Settings under General - Accessibility.
Here you can access tools to assist:
VoiceOver gesture based screen reader, invert colours, use dark mode, set text to speech options and text size.
Switch control, assistive touch, dictation etc
Set up Bluetooth for hearing aids, Speak Screen reads your screen to you, subtitles and captioning are available and also audio dscriptions.
You can customise your Android device using accessibility settings and apps. Accessibility features can be found under the Settings menu on Android devices. From here you can alter the device settings to assist with:
Talkback screen reader and braille keyboard. Fonts, contrasts and colour options.
Voice Access lets you control with your voice, Switch Access lets you interact with switches instead of the touch screen. Live Caption is available on Pixel devices. Sound Amplifier amplifies sounds. You can also pair hearing aids with an android device.
Run by the accessibility guidance charity AbilityNet my computer my way is a guide to making individual adjustments on your device to make it easier to use.
AbilityNet supports people living with any disability or impairment to use technology to achieve their goals at home, work or in education. Find out more about how you can set up your device.
Screen colour filter helps with dyslexia. Free download.