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.  If you need help locating this, please ask at the Library Helpdesk.  It is a priority area for students who are registered with DDS. 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 & Dyslexia Service (DDS) Laptops


The DDS is able to loan laptops to registered students who are awaiting their DSA equipment or are not able to apply for DSA.


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


Please see details of the range of library online services.


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




Contact us

During term time we are offering a daily confidential online drop-in (Monday - Friday 11am to 2pm).  Please click on the link below:

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

Please note you may be required to wait.   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

Keep safe and well!


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