Assistive Technology Free Trials

Written by Charlie Wood

We have compiled a list of our favourite assistive technology (AT) that offer free trials and we have included some useful links to get you started.

It can be hard to know if the software will help you before you’ve tried it, or you might need urgent access before you have a paid version, these free trials will get you going, so you can hit the ground running.

Who is this useful for?

  • Students applying for the Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), particularly those who may be experiencing delays because of the reduced capacity of needs assessment centres and Student Finance England. It gives students the chance to access AT ahead of any deadlines while they wait. It also helps to make informed choices about whether the software will fit their needs.
  • All students looking for tools to support their learning – we all learn differently, so there’s something for everyone… who doesn’t want a software that magically compiles their bibliography!? (check out Zotero!)
  • Employees applying for Access to Work (AtW) support who may want to access software before their support is put in place. Or to try things out and make an informed decision over what software will be beneficial, before or during the assessment process.
  • Anyone in the workplace keen to find technology that makes their workflow smoother. There is a range of tools that can support productivity, core skills (such as reading and writing) and generally make work and home life easier!

Study Category


Free Trial

Useful Links

Mind Mapping MindView Download Link Software Overview
MindManager Download Link YouTube Video
XMind Download Link Software Overview
Text-to-speech ClaroRead Download Link YouTube Video
Texthelp Read&Write Download Link YouTube Video
Speech-to-text Dragon Naturally speaking No free trial YouTube Video
EquatIO Download Link YouTube Video
Note-taking Sonocent Audio Notetaker Download Link YouTube Video
Referencing Zotero Download Link Software Overview
Spelling & Grammar Grammarly Download Link YouTube Video
Global Autocorrect Download Link YouTube Video
Spellementary Download Link YouTube Video
Spellex Download Link YouTube Video