Don’t Worry, Be App-y!

We’ve launched our brand new
DSA Apps Guide

Apps are proving to be a brilliant tool that are flexible and easy to use. We decided to create a guide so you can understand what’s out there and which ones you can acquire through Disabled Students Allowance (DSA).

Want us to send you a copy? – Click Here and we’ll pop one in the post!

Brain in Hand

Brain in Hand allows you to plan events and tasks in a diary, which offers reminders to help you achieve your everyday goals.

This app is suitable for people with autism, mental health problems or a brain injury.

Available on: Android & iOS


CapturaTalk assists with accessibility of text, literacy and communication. The app is powered by Abbyy Optical Character Recognition (OCR) engine. With CapturaTalk, you can highlight text on a website or in a PDF file and have it read aloud to you. It also allows you to scan photographs of text and convert it into digital text.

This app is suitable for individuals with dyslexia and reading impairments.

Available on: iOS 9.3 or later, iPads

Claro Apps

Claro have a range of assistive apps that are useful companions for people who have dyslexia.

Claro ScanPen App

assistive apps claroThe Claro ScanPen App photographs printed text documents, letters or test papers and allows you to select the text with your finger (or stylus) so you can play it back aloud. It gives access to printed text materials and documents in a wide range of languages using your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad.

Available for iOS & Android


claro assistive appsClaroSpeak is a reading and writing notetalker app with high-quality text-to-speech, formatting controls, a wide range of fonts, styles and cloud storage integration.

ClaroSpeak offers the option of visual highlighting in-sync with the spoken words, a great range of colours and font setting to allow for optimum reading and word prediction to help with writing.

Available for iOS

ClaroPDF Pro

ClaroPDF Pro is an accessible reading and studying PDF tool for all. Annotate, mark-up and save PDF files, which are then still fully compatible with Adobe Reader and other popular PDF apps. You can have accessible text/PDF files read back to you with a quality voice & synchronised highlighting.

Available for iOS

ClaroCom Pro

appsThis app is designed for AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication), available on iOS for iPad or iPhone. An AAC app helps to replace speech or assist writing for those with impairments in the production or comprehension of spoken or written language.

Available for iOS

Dragon Anywhere

dragon assistive appsThe Dragon Anywhere  app allows the user to create and edit document with professional grade dictation. The app has a high-recognition accuracy that continually adapts to your voice and it can customise words to include unique terminology.

This app is available on iOS 8.1+


assistive apps dolphin easyreaderEasyreader offers direct access to browse and download from your favourite libraries. You can choose different colours, text sizes and highlights to suit your visual needs.

The app ensures every book is accessible. It will allow you to copy text from anywhere on your phone and it will read the text aloud.

Available on: iOS (iPad or iPhone) & Android


ginger assistive appsThe Ginger Grammar Checker helps the user write English quickly by correcting your text. With unmatched accuracy, Ginger will correct spelling & grammar mistakes and misused words.

Ginger is ideal for people with dyslexia as it helps boost their writing productivity.

Available on: Mac, Windows, MS Office, Chrome Browser Extension, iOS & Android

Inspiration Maps

inspiration assistive appsThe Inspiration Maps app allows the user to have an on-the-go visual learning tool, where they  can brainstorm ideas, strengthen understanding and organise and plan essays.

Inspiration Maps is for people in education. Ideal for students with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.

Available on: iOS

KNFB Reader

knfb assistive appsSensotec’s KNFB Reader is an accurate, multi-platform and multilingual print reader. This app can convert printed text to speech or braille instantly and feature the best OCR (optical character recognition) technology available.

This app supports individuals who are blind/have low vision or are dyslexic.

Elected three years in a row as the best assistive App by AppleVis; the Apple Community of visually impaired users.

Available on: IOS, Android & Windows 10


medincle assistive technology Medical spelling can be confusing, however Medincle Spellchecker is an online tool to help improve productivity and reduce errors. The software works with a standard processor so you documents will no longer be littered with red lines.

Suitable for medical students with spelling difficulties.


mindgenius assistive appsMindGenius for iPad is an essential note taking tool for students or workers who need to quickly capture and structure thoughts, flesh out ideas and manage a project.
Available on: iPad, 5.32 or later an is also compatible with MindGenius for PC.

MindView Online

mindview assistive appsMindview Online allows you to create mind maps wherever you are! You also get the option to share our mind maps and export them to Word, PowerPoint and Google Docs.

This is an invaluable app for individuals with dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Available on: Android & iOS


notetalker assistive appsConversor’s Notetalker is a fantastic solution for people who may have dyslexia, dyspraxia or anxiety as the app allows the user to record lectures, use visual information as bookmarks and be able to organise their notes.

Available on: iOS, Android, iPad and Smartphone

Present Pal

presentpal assistive appsThe Present Pal App by Estendio offers support that ensures the individual is prepared, which instils confidence and helps with anxiety.

The software integrates with Microsoft PowerPoint, allowing you to store notes in flashcard form and lets you control your PowerPoint from your phone or tablet.

This app is suitable for people with learning disabilities such as autism and dyslexia.

Availabe on: iOS & Android

Sonocent Link

sonocent assitive appsSonocent Recorder Link enables users to create high quality audio recording and annotate them by using colour highlighting, text notes, pictures and the new Scribble feature.

Students will be able to later review their recordings directly in the app or transfer them to Audio Notetaker to work with them on their computer or laptop.

An essential tool for individuals with dyslexia and dyspraxia.

Available on: iOS & Android

Read & Write App

read and write assistive appsTextHelp’s Read & Write App is a helpful companion to your iPad or Android device as the app offers assistance with reading and writing  for individuals with dyslexia.

Key features include: Hearing on-screen text read aloud, word prediction, Speak As I Type, a talking and picture dictionary, spell checker and more.

Available for iPads (iOS 8 and up) and Android (Version 4.1 and up)


Texthelp’s EquatIO is a revolutionary new math software that takes the pain out of creating maths and chemical equations digitally. The software instantly understand what students are typing or writing, turning expressions into clear, accurate on-screen formulas – ideal for those with learning difficulties such as dyslexia or dyscalculia.

equatio assistive apps

Available on: Windows, Mac & Google Chrome

Watch this space as we will keep it updated when more assistive apps that we believe would be useful for individuals with additional needs and app that are part of the DSA. If you have any questions about our assistive solutions, get in touch by emailing or call us on 01223 420 101.

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