Assistive Technology

Software that can help you with your studies!

Computers on campus


Details of the software which is available on student computers on campus can be found here.  


Assistive Technology Suite


The Assistive Technology Suite can be found on the first floor of the library.  Click here to access further information. If you need help locating this, please ask at the Library Helpdesk.  It is a priority area for students who are registered with Disability & Neurodiversity. It is a quiet place where registered students can work and use the equipment provided or use their own devices.  The area has two adjustable desks, standing work areas, a small booth and some quiet areas for study. 


On the four PC's in the suite you will find:


  • Software to convert image documents into editable text - Abby Fine Reader
  • Mindmapping Software - Mindview
  • You will be able to access any web based assistive software and use Office 365


Disability & Neurodiversity laptops


The Disability team is able to loan laptops to registered students who are awaiting their DSA equipment or are not able to apply for DSA (subject to availability).


The laptops include the software listed above.  In addition, a small number of the laptops include the following additional software: 


  • Text to speech / proofreading - Claro Read Plus/JAWS
  • Voice recognition software - Dragon
  • Reader/Magnifier - Zoom Text

Please contact the Disability team to enquire about borrowing a laptop.


Useful Information


Clicking this link will take you to a page with information about  free software for Royal Holloway students.


Office 365 has lots of built in software and can be a useful alternative to some of the licensed software.


Robobraille - is web based and can convert a document into an accessible format and send it to your email address.


Other useful links:


Please click here to access instructions on how to download an extension to Chrome that changes all web page font to Dyslexia Open for easy reading. 


Please see the range of support available to help with your studies at Royal Holloway.


Please see details of the range of library online services.  Please click here for an accessible guide to the library - Student Union. 


Further useful resources and information about free software can be found at Diversity and Ability (DNA).


Ally has been introduced to allow College to improve the accessibility of learning materials at RHUL to benefit a wide range of students and support academic and professional staff in meeting our legal duties.

Click here to find out more. 




Contact us

During term time we offer a confidential drop-in service from 11am to 2pm each day.

We offer face to face and online sessions. 

Online sessions are available Monday and Friday.

Please click on the link below to access this service. 

Disability Drop-in (11am to 2pm week days during term-time)

Face to face sessions take place in  FE153 on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 11am to 2pm. 

Please note you may be required to wait for either service. A disability adviser will let you into the drop-in as soon as they are available.  

You can also email or phone us (please see below).  If you would like to organise a meeting we can offer this via Microsoft Teams. Please email or phone to arrange.

Call us on 01784 414621

Email us


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