Information on mobile accessibility and how to use your mobile or tablet to help you with your studies or work.
There are many apps and accessibility features out there to help disabled users. These change so rapidly that we felt it was not worthwhile to try and create our own list but rather we hope the advice on sources of guidance and useful search terms will help you be able to locate the most suitable application for you.
If you are planning to buy a new mobile phone and want to compare phones on their accessibility features there is a useful website run by GARI (The Global Accessibility Reporting Initiative).
Mobile phone companies also have useful guidance on the accessibility of their phones, e.g.
Many phones have inbuilt text to speech readers, colour contrast and magnification tools.Your phone may also have other useful inbuilt features - such as taking quick notes, reminder setting, planning tools, audio recording - that can help you manage your studies; check the user guide for advice.
The GARI website also has a list of useful applications categorised by support for hearing / speech / vision / cognition:
In addition, The British Dyslexia Association maintains a very useful list of accessibility applications that may benefit a wide range of users and not just those with Dyslexia.
As well as searching by impairment name “dyslexia, deafness, etc”, more general search terms may come up with helpful applications. You may find it helpful to check if the app or feature is well reviewed by other users especially University students.
For more information on the above, if you have any suggestion or feedback of if you would like any information in an alternative format then please contact Viki Galt, Disability Information Officer, Information Services, contact details below.