A toolkit to help you succeed in education and beyond

As Needs Assessors, we are constantly demonstrating and learning about all the amazing assistive technology (AT) that’s available to help students succeed in their studies.

One of our most important roles is identifying which tech will best suit you and your unique requirements and we do that with in-depth knowledge of all the latest assistive software

Finding the right software can make a huge difference to your studies, allowing you to work faster and more effectively. It’s a set of tools to help you get the most out of school, college or university and skills to eventually take into the workplace.

Did you know that the software and hardware you get with DSA funding is yours to keep forever? 

Specialist software such as ClaroRead and Sonocent Audio Notetaker are examples of well-known programs recommended by assessors, but Student Finance England recently approved four new applications. Check out our reviews of Claro Writing Helper, TalkType Dictation, TalkType Caption.Ed and Text Aid by ReadSpeaker (27.10.20) to find out what they’re all about and how they can help you achieve more in higher education. 

If you’d like to discover more software that could boost your learning and help overcome any barriers you may face when studying, jump to our comprehensive guide where you can use the filter option to find the software that best meets your needs.

Did you know that Assistive Technology training is included in your DSA funding?

A frequently asked question from the students we assess is how they get to grips with all this new tech once their recommendations have been approved. Helpfully, one-to-one and/or online training packages are included as part of the DSA funding so you can find your way round your new ‘toolkit’ at a time and pace that works for you. You’re then ready to use the software to its fullest potential, giving you more confidence and control on your journey through higher education. 

If you’d like to find out more about the DSA or how assistive technology could help you, call or email Surrey Assessment Centre today.