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Visual impairment

The Texthelp Group provides a wide range of tools that can be helpful to students who experience a visual impairment. We have tools to help with visual stress, retinal migraines and Irlen Syndrome. We can help with collating and organising information and creating accessible content for students to use.

Who are these tools for? 

Students who experience visual stress, retinal migraines, visual acuity, blurred vision and Irlen Syndrome.

What do these tools help with? 

  • Accessing content in an easy to understand way
  • Taking the pressure off students who find reading hard, or impossible
  • Producing accurate and well constructed work

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Associated Products

Screen masking:

  • Screen masking helps students with visual stress as they can use coloured overlays on screen. An RGB prescription colour can be identified via an ophthalmic test for those with visual stress. This prescription can then be applied via screen masking.
  • Using screen masking with the reading ruler helps students with visual impairments as it narrows their focus to individual paragraphs.
  • Screen masking allows students who require a high contrast background to change the background colour.
  • Colour overlays can help reduce visual stress when proofreading work.
  • These features may also help with other conditions, such as light-induced and retinal migraines.
  • Further improve contrast with the “True Black” feature from ClaroRead.

Read&Write

EquatIO

ClaroRead

Speech to Text and Text to speech:

  • Listening back to text allows students to check the correct information has been typed.
  • Maths-to-speech with dual coloured highlighting to help with proofreading complex maths and science content.
  • Many people struggle to get ideas down on paper, this offers an alternative to that. This can be especially helpful for complex topics like maths and science.
  • Integrate easily with Dragon software.

Equatio

ClaroRead

Make the inaccessible accessible:

  • Many of our tools let students capture text and images for later. 
  • The captured information can be read aloud, highlights can be collected.
  • Audio files can easily be created. 

Read&Write

Equatio

ClaroRead

Writing Helper

Convert text to audio: 

  • Convert text to audio.  This is beneficial for those students who find viewing text problematic or impossible.
  • For visually impaired students who may struggle to use a keyboard or view a computer screen, voice notes can be used to record a short audio file of the student’s voice. This can then be inserted directly into documents as a comment.
  • Students can review their work, adding voice amendments rather than written. 
  • Verbal/auditory notes can enable more effective communication between students and lecturers, in comparison to written feedback which a student may struggle to read. 
  • Saving text to audio is great for students who prefer listening to text rather than reading it. Knowing that they have an easier way to handle their reading list can help with anxiety, and students can also listen to their documents in a more relaxed environment – while taking a walk, for example.

Read&Write

ClaroRead

Highlighters: 

  • A useful research tool allowing students to collect and collate information from the internet and documents which then automatically creates a bibliography upon collection. Once research is collected, the colour coding in the end document creates the correct level of contrast for those with visual impairments or visual stress.

Read&Write

ClaroRead

WritingHelper

Spell checking and vocabulary: 

  • These tools help students create tables displaying key course phrases in an easily digestible format. By using the vocabulary list with text only, content can be read aloud, helping students who struggle with reading text on screen.

Read&Write

ClaroRead

Dark/ light mode:

  • Stress and anxiety can lead to visual difficulties, for example sensitivity to light. Students are able to toggle through the dark and light mode to read content in a mode suitable to them, with reduced eye strain.

ClaroRead 

Writing Helper

Global Tasks

Read&Write

Magnification:

  • This feature turns a student’s iPad, iPhone, or Android device into a high definition magnifier. This means that students with visual impairments will always have a magnifier with them.

ClaroRead