Assistive Technology

DTS is committed to providing inclusive technology.


General Advice and Resources:
There are a variety of assistive software and hardware solutions available at LSE. This provision is currently being significantly and comprehensively updated. Please check back regularly for updates.
Full details will be published here once finalised.

Assistive technologies are devices or software which makes information (whether online or on paper) more accessible for individuals with disabilities. 

Through a face to face consultation, we try to find solutions for your individual needs.

At LSE, we offer the following Assistive Technologies: 


Read&Write is a literacy support tool that offers help for everyday tasks. With tools to meet the needs of different learners, right across the curriculum. Like reading text out loud, understanding unfamiliar words and proofing written work.

Full User Guide here

Interactive User Guide here


MindView is a professional mind mapping software that allows you to visually brainstorm, organize and present ideas.

Quick Start Guide here

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Speech Recognition: Dragon Naturally Speaking (Windows only)

Using Dragon Naturally Speaking you can dictate and have your speech transcribed into written text, have a written document converted into an audio stream and use Dragon to create voice commands that activate any specified computer functions. Headphones and microphone sets are provided by LSE.

Access Dragon Naturally Speaking Quick Start Guide here

JAWS and ZoomText

 Screen Reader: JAWS


JAWS is a computer screen reader program that reads aloud all functions, commands and screen text to blind and visually impaired users to assist the user with navigation and functioning of the computer. 

Access a JAWS User Guide here

Screen Reader and Magnification: ZoomText

ZoomText enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, making all of your applications easy to see and use.

Access a ZoomText User Guide here
ZoomText in brief guide here


EquatIO is a math application that allows you to insert, edit, and interact with digital math in Microsoft Word.

Interactive User Guide here

Book a consultation / general enquiries

The Disability & Wellbeing Service 

The Disability and Wellbeing Service (DWS) can provide further information about support available for disabled students. 




If you have difficulty writing or typing, you may want to try dictation software. This is sometimes referred to as 'speech to text' software.
This type of program makes your computer or device type what you say.

There are two ways to access dictation software for free, which is in-built for Mac users, or available through Microsoft Word for PC users. If you do not find either of these options work very accurately with your voice you may wish to explore using a form of the Dragon software.

Dragon Anywhere is an app from the world leaders in dictation software which adapts to your voice and works very accurately for most users. Versions are also available for desktops and laptops.

Have your computer read to you:

If you have you have difficulties reading a screen for long periods, or find it difficult to process verbal information, you may want to try out the various free and easy ways in which your computer or device can read to you:

Help making your device easier to use:

The following webpages contain a lot of useful tips and tricks to make your device easier to use:

  • My computer my way from AbilityNet provides guidance for people with visual impairment, deaf or hard of hearing, motor difficulties and SpLDs
  • Diversity and Ability’s resources list includes guides and reviews of the many different types of Assistive Technology available
  • Vital Tech have a guide covering Assistive Technology for blind and partially sighted people

General Software:


For Microsoft Office discounts, please see here. All students and staff are eligible for free downloads for the duration of their time at LSE. 

Assistive Software:

If you are a disabled student needing Assistive Software, you will need to be assessed by an Access to Work Assessment. They can then arrange the software procurement on your behalf, and arrange installation.


Assistive software can be procured by contacting our IT Service Desk here