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Students with Additional Needs

Library services and facilities for students with SENs.


AbilityNet is a UK Charity which offers a range of services to help students use technology.  The section of their website called My Computer My Way is particularly useful.

In addition, AbilityNet offers a wealth of other resources and services targeted at students and is a site well worth checking out.

Inspiration 9

What is it?:  Inspiration 9 allows you to create a picture of your ideas and concepts in the form of a diagram or mind map. These can then be converted, at the click of a button, to an outline view for developing your ideas into word documents, presentation slides or handouts.

Who is it for?: It's for all BGU staff and students to use.

Where can I find it?: It is available on BGU computers. Go to Start > Inspiration 9

How do I get started and find out more?: Within Inspiration you will find lots of support and advice on getting started - just click on Learn to Use.

There are also videos on the Inspiration website and a useful introductory video on YouTube from Freedom of Speech Ltd called Inspiration 9 Mind Mapping Software Overview.

texthelp Read&Write Gold

What is it?:  texthelp Read&Write GOLD is a toolbar designed to assist you with reading and writing. Features include:

  • Text-to-Speech: this screen reader reads all digitized text aloud from Word and PDF documents, emails, websites in a choice of different voices which can be altered by pitch, speed and volume.
  • Text-to-Audio to turn text into audio files, such as MP3.
  • Spell checking.
  • A dictionary 
  • Screen masking to mask all or part of the screen with a colour of your choice.

Where can I find it?: It is available on BGU computers. Go to Start > Texthelp

How do I get started or find out more?: Read the Quick Start Guide at the bottom of this box.  

Audio Books

Librivox : free public domain audiobooks.

RNIB Audiobooks : the Talking Books service is free. Access to over 23,000 fiction and non-fiction books.

Project Gutenberg :a collection of multi-language ebooks. Many classic titles and other formats such as audio books.

Ebook accessibility

The Library subscribes to several ebook collections and some of the providers have produced guidelines for the visually impaired:

EBSCO ebooks: Ebooks and Accessibility FAQs
Ebook Central ebooks: Accessibility Guide