Providing support for DSA students

Increased confidence and success for DSA students

At Texthelp, we design assistive technology that provides supports to students with dyslexia and other learning difficulties who qualify for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA).

Read&Write, Read&Write for Professionals, and EquatIO® are helping higher education students across the UK who struggle with a range of literacy and mathematical challenges, giving them the confidence they need to study smarter and achieve their full potential.

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Help DSA students study smarter with Read&Write


Read&Write’s toolbar covers everything from reading and comprehension aids to supports for writing and research, including:

  • Read&Write Check It Icon

    Check It - checks grammar and spelling for capitalisation, punctuation, tense, and homophones

  • PDF Reader icon

    PDF Reader - makes PDFs accessible, enabling students to use text-to-speech, dictionaries, and highlighters

  • Read&Write Scan Icon

    Scanner - converts inaccessible paper documents into accessible Word Documents or PDFs

    • Read&Write Audio Maker Icon

      Audio Maker - supports auditory learners by converting text into MP3 files

    • Read&Write Collect Highlights Icon

      Highlighters - help students collect key information from their research

    Boost productivity with Read&Write for Professionals

    Read&Write for Professionals is an add-on to Read&Write that can predict and spell-check over 120,000 faculty-specific words for DSA students who are studying medicine, pharmacy, dentistry, midwifery, nursing, veterinary, engineering and law, offering students additional supports that:

    • Increase productivity
    • Remove communication issues
    • Improve accuracy
    • Speed up the writing process
    • Provide independence

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    Make maths accessible for DSA students with EquatIO

    EquatIO provides DSA students with the accessibility supports they need to succeed in maths and STEM, including:

    • EquatIO Prediction Icon

      Maths, Chemistry and Formula Prediction - eliminates transcription errors in maths and science terminology

    • Screenshot icon

      Screenshot Reader - makes any equation across the web into accessible, editable maths, which can be read aloud

      • Icon EquatIO Mobile

        EquatIO Mobile - converts inaccessible handwritten or printed equations into accessible maths, which can be added to a digital document

      • Speech Input icon

        Multiple Inputs - enables students to choose how they express their thinking, whether through Type, Speech, Handwriting, or Graphing

      Need some more information?

      We have also created a handy guide specifically with assessor's in mind, to explain how Read&Write and EquatIO can be helpful for students who qualify for DSA. Although both products are recommened separately, Read&Write and EquatIO complement each other and, when used together, offer additional accessibility features for specific needs.

      Request an assessor copy of Read&Write and EquatIO by contacting our DSA Specialists.

      Meet our DSA Specialist, Nicole Reid:

      Nicole is passionate about her role looking after DSA within the company, especially as she got assessed for DSA while studying in Belfast for her degree in Communication and PR.

      Not only is she involved in the daily goings on of DSA but also in the wider eco-system of BATA in which she chairs a weekly DSA call discussing wider issues within AT in Higher Education. 

      When she is not at work Nicole is a keen baker and often brings in tasty treats for her friends and colleagues in the office, much to their delight.  She also loves travelling and sampling local food and drinks along the way.

      What DSA Assessors say about us

      I think Read&Write is an excellent resource for users with a wide range of difficulties. I use it mostly with students who have dyslexic traits, but have also introduced it to students who have coordination issues. The range of tools within the software makes it a very flexible resource.