Latest Assistive Technology July 2016

Latest Assistive Technology: Updates to Sonocent Recorder App

Assistive technology is a broad term to describe assistive, adaptive and rehabilitative software, hardware and apps to support people with disabilities such as dyslexia, dyscalculia and much more. Each month, we take a look at the latest assistive technology that has been released and sum this up in a bite size blog on We are very excited about this month’s latest assistive technology as the new Dyscalculia Screener launches, as well as updates released for the Sonocent Recorder app.


Latest Assistive Technology Software, Hardware and Apps


This summer, iansyst and Loughborough University will be launching a new and refreshed version of the Dyscalculia Screener. It was originally launched in the early 2000’s and was the first web-based screener for dyscalculia. The screener has been designed to screen both large groups and individuals who are struggling with maths. It features a series of mathematical questions that have been developed through extensive research. The screening process generally takes less than an hour to complete and gives an indication as to whether the individual is ‘at risk’ of dyscalculia.

Image of the Dyscalculia Screener logo

The Dyscalculia Screener is launching in summer 2016 and can be purchased as a single or multi-user licence. It will be available to purchase after the launch by following this link to the Dyscalculia Screener website >>


Latest Assistive Technology: Updates to Sonocent Recorder AppSonocent Recorder is a smart note-taking app which has been designed for use with Sonocent Audio Notetaker. The app was originally launched back in 2014 and allows you to create comprehensive recordings of lessons, meetings or interviews on your smartphone or tablet. It is primarily designed to support those with dyslexia, however the productivity benefits of the app means that it can be beneficial to anyone in a meeting environment. This month we have seen some exciting new features added to the app.  Existing users of Sonocent Recorder will receive a notification about the updates from their mobile device. If you are not a current user, Sonocent Recorder is free to download on the App Store or Google Play.

New features include noise cancellation on audio, the ability to add your own coloured keys for audio highlighting, ‘glance mode’ to record and highlight discreetly, and the ability to browse and upload photos to your file even when not recording. The app also includes an in-app upgrade which allows you to listen back to full recordings and add colour highlighting audio chunks and sections on review.


Texthelp Read&Write is a popular piece of literacy support software which helps those with dyslexia with reading and writing. Read&Write is a simple and easy-to-use toolbar which provides speech feedback, phonetic spellchecking and many other literacy support tools.  The software has recently moved to a new version (version 11.5) which contains brand new features which have fully optimised the software to benefit the user even further.

Read & Write Gold 11.5 has had a redesign of the product logo and toolbar icons which makes the software much easier to navigate. The Vocabulary feature has been introduced to create word lists associated with particular words, for example, volcano, lava and erupt. Other features have been enhanced within the software. The phonetic spell checker now includes the use of collocation and the word prediction tool includes over 150 topic word banks.

Read&Write literacy support software can be downloaded by following this link to Texthelp Read&Write products.


Please comment below to let us know what latest assistive technology products you are excited about this month.

​Dyslexia Awareness Week: Note-taking Support

There is a wide range of note-taking support available for those with dyslexia. The assistive technology can help eliminate the difficulties that are associated with writing whilst listening. It can also support with organising and editing notes that have been made.

What assistive technology is available?

There is a range of note-taking support software and hardware to help with dyslexia, all of which are available to purchase on

Livescribe Smartpens digitally save handwritten notes on special, dotted paper, allowing the individual to make as many or as little notes, diagrams or symbols as they choose. The pen records high-quality audio and links this to the notes that have been made. This information can be digitally uploaded to a computer, where handwritten notes can be converted into digital text. You can also search your handwritten notes for particular keywords. There are different versions of Livescribe Smartpens. To find out more please follow this link >>

Olympus Digital Voice Recorders are used to record the sound that is going on around you – whether that be a lecture, meeting or conversations. The latest model of voice recorder from Olympus is the DM-7, which takes recording to a whole new level. It has Wi-Fi smartphone compatibility which allows the user to link their voice recorder to their Android or iOS device and carry out remote control recordings via Wi-Fi. The Olympus voice recorders come with the Olympus Sonority software which has several editing functions, allowing you to manage your audio files. To find out more please follow this link >>

Sonocent Audio Notetaker offers a visual and interactive form of note-taking. Audio recordings are transformed from a single stream of information to easy to interpret coloured bars. It is an ideal piece of assistive technology software to help those who struggle with note-taking. The software allows the user to import their audio from their computer or a portable device such as a digital voice recorder. Alternatively, the user can record audio straight into the software using a headset, microphone or the computer’s microphone. Each phrase in the recording is split into manageable sections. The user can easily manage their recording by highlighting sections that perhaps they didn’t understand or think is important into different colours. These colours can be amended and titled to mean different things for the user. They can also delete, move and edit sections. PowerPoint slides, images, and more, can be added into the file and is instantly matched up to the relevant part of audio recording. The software is available as a digital download for Mac and Windows. To find out more about Sonocent Audio Notetaker please follow this link >>