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Digital training and support

Assistive technology

Training and support on accessibility and software to help your studies.

Software to support your study is available on our campus PCs and some individual devices.

It can help you with note taking, reading, planning and writing. You can read more about the software in our support leaflet:

Assistive Technology for Study Success (PDF 0.2 MB)

Step by step support

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Personalise your digital workspace

Follow our guides to get your devices set up and ready to use for study or work.

Personalise your digital workspace

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How you can use technology to support your goals

When we support you with Assistive Technology, what we talk about includes free tools, tools you have access to as a student or staff member at York St John, or tools that may be recommended through Disabled Students Allowance (DSA) or Access to Work.

Visit the links below to find out how you can use technology to support different study and work goals.

More support pages coming soon:

  • Technology, Notemaking, Revision and Exams
  • Technology, Reading and Research 
  • Technology, Writing, Spelling and Grammar
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Book a training session

If you need some additional, personalised support, you can book an online or in person training session with a Digital Training Tutor for Assistive Technology.

Training can be on the assistive software available on the York St John network, through Disabled Students' Allowances (DSA) and Access to Work. We can also advise on creating accessible resources.


To make the most of your tutorial, use our tutorial and meeting notes template before, during and after your tutorial:

For further information please contact

Our resources

There is also online support available to help you use assistive technology. We recommend using the resources below:

Microsoft Word online/365 Tools

Microsoft provides a selection of tools that can support your reading and writing. These include:

  • Immersive Reader: Allows you to have text read aloud or change how it appears on the screen
  • Editor: Suggestions and corrections for spelling, grammar and other academic writing conventions
  • Dictate: Speak your thoughts out loud and Word will write them down for you


Record your lectures and annotate as you go along. This is available through AppsAnywhere or on individual devices. To get a loan licence, contact

Support is available from the Glean Skills Portal.


This software features toolbar support for reading, writing and research. It is available through AppsAnywhere using your York St John email credentials.

Support is available from the Texthelp Academy.


Plan and develop your ideas visually before exporting to Word or PowerPoint. This is available through AppsAnywhere or on individual devices. For a loan licence, contact

Support is available from the MindView YouTube channel.


Structure your ideas and thoughts visually using diagram and map views. Inspiration9 is available through AppsAnywhere.

Support is available from the Inspiration training videos.

You can also download these PDF guides:

For further information and guides to University software consult our A to Z of software.