DELL Inspiron 15 305

A client requested that I upgrade the hard drive to 1TB. With SSD this would mean cloning across using either cloud or a device that would achieve this. But when I opened up the Dell I discovered a space for a 2.5″ SSHD which was a pleasant surprise. So the following steps were made to installl this additional drive

  1. Fit a a thermal cover to reduce heat on the SSHD
  2. Fit in position
  3. Start up laptop
  4. Go to Computer Management via right mouse click and select from list
  5. Format the said drive – and set any partitions if needed
  6. Rename the volume of the drive
  7. Check in File Explorer the drive is visible.

“All accessible? where are we today?”

BATA are pleased to announce a conference on Web Accessibility. This conference will look how to write your own accessibility statement and how to be compliant with recent legislation. This conference is aimed at the education sector in universities and colleges and the workplace where you need to reach out to all people.

Free to BATA members with a promo code.

Non-members £25.00. There is an early bird rate using the promo code :- BATAEARLYBIRD

For full details click here and to get your tickets straight away go to :-

Safari Open Tabs

Here’s a tip . If you like me use your mobile phone to access websites on safari you would be having 100’s of tabs left open . My setting was set to “Manually” now I suggest you change that and make at time limited period . Eg mine is set to daily on my phone . Go to Settings >Safari>Close Tabs

Able to Excel: How Differently Abled Individuals Can Use Technology to Aid Their Careers by Andrea Needham

With help from digital technology, differently-abled individuals no longer have to feel limited in terms of their career prospects. There are a number of ways you can use modern tech to your advantage, whether you’re learning new skills, networking, or seeking new employment. In this article, we’ll explore a few handy tips for furthering your career as a differently abled individual.

Remote Learning

If you don’t feel you’re adequately prepared to apply for the roles you want, you’ll find no shortage of online resources available that can help you to learn new skills or gain knowledge in your desired field. You can take free online courses or even get a certification or degree without ever attending classes in person. These opportunities also provide an easy way to network with

other professionals, which could help you find a job or get your foot in the door of your desired industry.

Consider a Home-based Business

If you’re not comfortable working in a traditional office setting, or if you have a potentially profitable idea, you might want to consider starting your own home-based business. With technology, all aspects of starting a business can be carried out fully online, including financing, creating a business plan, and even meeting with potential investors. Even if you’re working with employees, platforms like Slack and Microsoft Teams make it easy to manage personnel remotely.

Use Assistive Technologies

There are a number of assistive technologies tailored to a variety of disabilities that you can make use of to further your career. As computers are widely used in most vocations, you may be able to use alternative hardware, such as keyboards and input devices. Programs that can be adapted to accommodate various needs are also available, including screen magnifiers, voice recognition, and screen reading software.

If you work in an in-person environment, you can request mobility, seating, and positioning aids from your employer if you need these to make your job possible. If you have a physical disability, you may need to be provided with lifts, ramps, and special parking spaces.

Finding Employment

When you’re job searching, it’s important to have a well-written resume and an up-to-date LinkedIn profile. LinkedIn is invaluable for building connections in your field and can be used to find job opportunities. If you opt for the premium version, you’ll also be able to check who’s viewed your profile and send direct messages.

When building your resume, be sure to highlight your skills and make mention of any notable accomplishments. Having a professional-looking resume will help you stand out from the pile of candidates recruiters receive, so try a resume creator and free templates to achieve this. You’ll

be able to select colors and designs that suit your preferences and then add your photo and relevant work experience.

Once you’re ready to search for a job, it’s important to seek out a job that best suits you and use the appropriate tools to apply for it. Most job applications are time-consuming, as you’ll be required to fill in copious amounts of details in order to be considered, so it’s best not to waste your efforts on positions you aren’t invested in trying.

You may also consider applying for fully remote jobs, as these are far more available now that more and more companies are transitioning toward a hybrid work environment. There are a number of job boards that are dedicated solely to remote jobs, which should help you narrow down your search.

With leaps in remote technology, differently-abled individuals are increasingly equipped to find employment that accommodates them and meets their needs. With the right tools at your disposal, you’ll be able to bolster your expertise with the necessary skills and successfully land a job in a burgeoning field.

Accessibility Solutions aims to find the right technological fix for various challenges that are faced by those who are differently abled. Find a personalized solution at:

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Go Red for Dyslexia

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month and this week is Dyslexia Awareness Week. So AAS is going Red for this month. Please share to make Dyslexia known. Dyslexia affects people’s ability to decode and write words accurately. Assistive Technology helps to overcome this barrier to learning. If you want to know more just reach out to me via this website for advice and support

Hertfordshire BDA – saturday 17th september 2022

Assistive Technology can help your children in the following ways:-

  • an alternative to handwriting
  • note taking skills important for later life
  • text to speech – decoding text using assistive technology
  • speech to text – inputting content using your voice
  • word prediction – class use when speech is not possible
  • access to teaching and learning
  • Maths – Dyscalculia

This page will contain advice and resources that will be discussed in the session. Please contact me by email at for any questions you may have.

Your children and pupils don’t want to stand out in the class as being different so its always good to use mainstream software whether it’s a Microsoft or Google product they are using in the school context. Speech recognition is a good tool for the home. Homework can be done more effectively if it requires volumes of text. If it’s just a few words then using the spell checker and typing suggestions are just as good.

In the workshop I will be looking simple changes to the operating system as well as extensions to browsers and free and paid apps for iOS that may be useful to you. Android will be touched on as well as Chrome OS.


Useful Operating System Changes

Windows 10/11 Accessibility – switch on typing suggestions and the option to make suggestions when you type. This produces a short list of possible words to use

Google Voice Typing – in Google Docs under Tools is the option to use voice typing. Google does this well and it’s quite accurate.

Dictation in Email is a Chrome Extension that allows voice typing in Google Email.

Smart Typing works as artificial intelligence guessing what you want to write as you type. Suggestions are in grey and you may be using it without knowing! It’s switched on in settings or via the wizard when you set up a google account.

Chrome Extensions ( mostly free with some having paid adds-ins if needed)

Grammarly is the chrome extension of choice by older children, pupils and students as it corrects again as you type. I am using it now and its handy on picking up my grammatical errords. There is also a free add – in for MSWord where grammarly sits on the toolbar in Word. Paid options are also available with more options to have. It’s one drawback on free is American spellings!

Natural Reader – is a text to speech tool that can read out PDF’s . If you are using The Edge – Read Aloud is really good and it’s also good on an iPad.

Color Enhancer is a Chrome extension that puts a filter over the screen to make it more readable for the user in Chrome. Fully customisable and maybe useful for those who need to use overlays to decode text

Lightkey Chrome extension works invisibly suggesting completing of text like smart typing.

Helperbird Chrome extension is a suite of tools that help you access your browser more suited to your needs. Like a certain font? Then Helperbird can set that font to work over the internet on your browser. Worth a look.

Read&Write for Chrome is a useful toolbar for research and text to speech. Again can be used when needed. Text to speech cuts down the time and energy decoding long pieces of text.

Apple iOS


Display – changes from size to bold text as well as screen filtering options

Spoken Content – an easier way (and safer!) so you don’t loose your text by inadverttly pressing the screen area. It gives a playback menu that reads and highlights the text as spoken.

Microphone on the On-screen keyboard – now free from using wifi. Not always accurate for young children. But works well as an integrated tool for efficiency.

Keyboards – add-in keyboards like Read&Write and Swiftkey as well as slowing key presses and repeat key pressing options. More important for children and adults with fine mote problems.


Notability​ – £free – note taking

Read&Write – £free –

Claro Speak – £free with in app purchases

Claro PDF​ – £free with in-app purchases –

Remember The Milk​ – £free –

Widget Writer​ – £0.89 –

Glean Notes ​ – £free app but with subscription as well –

Claro ScanPen​ – £8.99 –

Popplet Lite​ – £free –

Speaking Email​ – £free with in-app purchases –

Book Creator​ – £2.49 –

Easy Dyslexia Aid – £2.49

​Correct Spelling – £free –

Timetable – £free –

Other Software

My Study Bar – suite of tools that may be useful in exam conditions. Free and can sit across any application to be used.

Voice Typer – provides speech recognition into any app or browser. A bit slow and as a weird way of hiding the menu. Just found this recently and still seeing its potential. No training required.

Maths- Dyscalculia

The following software may be helpful in helping you child/pupil/student have structured maths experience. Most research points to careful coaching and building on previous learnt maths skills. If the building blocks have been missed then it’s difficult to progress

• IXL Maths – IXL | Personalised skill recommendations

•Dynamo Maths –

•Nessy Maths – Maths | Nessy

•Splash Learn – Math Games for Kids Online SplashLearn

•Equatio –

Changes in Google that affect synapptics tablets

This also applies to any third party apps being used on a device as well.

Just been with a client today using a Synapptic Tablet. She had trouble with her emails which we eventually found out was caused by Google blocking the email function on her tablet. 


Need to go Security settings on the google account concerned and  do the following

 – setup two factor authentication which will need a smart phone or mobile phone for a text message

– next go to security and go to “Third party apps with account access” and add “Synapptics” to the list

A 16 digit code will be generated which needs copying down or taking a photo of. It’s a one-time code that you type into Basic Email Settings of Synapptics  ( synapptics doesn’t allow pasting into the password area !) under Password.

I used IMAP settings with port values Incoming 995 and SMTP port settings of 465. You can find these on the web if needed. I set them in Synapptics under the “Advanced settings”  in Email. 

what you need to know before getting a service dog

Dogs make great companions for many people. For people who have disabilities, service dogs can be invaluable for mobility, health, and companionship. You may be considering giving a service out if you have any type of disability. However, having a service dog is slightly different than having an animal companion that does not work for you. From Accessibility Smyles, here are three things you need to know before you get a service dog.

1. Certain Breeds Make Better Service Dogs

Ultimately, it comes down to the individual temperament of a canine to determine whether or not it will make a good service animal. However, certain breeds make better service animals than others. Even within these breeds, up to 70% of dogs are chosen to work as service animals to not complete the necessary training, according to one study. You should carefully consider your specific needs to choose the right service dog for you.

2. Service Dogs Can Help With Many Types of Disabilities

When you think of service dogs, you probably think of guide dogs that help blind people navigate the world when they are out in public. This is only one example of a service dog. Some service dogs are trained to recognize low blood sugar and other health hazards so that they can help their owners live life to the fullest. Other service animals provide anxiety relief. Some simply provide companionship for people who are grieving. There are many types of service dogs, so it is crucial to choose one that is specifically trained to help with the area you struggle in.

You also need to remember that service dogs need a yard to run in, just like non-working animals. Having a fence is important for keeping your new pet safe. If you don’t have a fence, you can speak with contractors in your community to get a quote that falls into your budget. Make sure you read the reviews on various companies before you decide which one to use for fence insulation.

3. There Is an Adjustment Period When You Get a Service Dog

Whenever you bring a dog home, it disrupts your family’s normal routine. There is always an adjustment period, and many experts say that it takes up to three weeks for a dog to completely settle into its new home. The experience is no different when you bring home a service dog. Not only does your new companion have to adjust to a new environment, but he also has to get used to working closely with you and providing you with the services you need to thrive.

It’s important to take measures to reduce stress around your home while your new service dog adjusts. Eliminate as much stress as possible and spend time bonding with your new companion. Lots of treats, love, and affection can help your dog adjust more quickly.

It also helps to have important supplies on hand to help your furry companion settle in more quickly. You need to have basic supplies such as food, bedding, and toys, whether you have a service dog or a non-working animal. Your dog’s trainer may also recommend specific supplies to help your new pet thrive. Regardless of which products you purchase, make sure you look at reviews to ensure they are high quality.

Getting a service dog is a great way to maintain your independence and care for your health when you have any type of disability. Before you get a service dog, make sure you understand these three things to ensure you are ready for the responsibility.

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