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Developer(s) JISC RSC Scotland North & East
Initial release September 14, 2008 (2008-09-14)
Development status Active
Operating system Windows
Available in English
Type Application launcher (utility software)
License Open source

AccessApps is an initiative supported by the Jisc Regional Support Centres (RSC) and JISC TechDis. It consists of over 50 open source and freeware Microsoft Windows applications, running from a USB stick. AccessApps provides a range of solutions to support writing, reading and planning as well as sensory, cognitive and physical difficulties.


  • 14 September 2008 - AccessApps download site launched on JISC RSC Scotland North & East website
  • 28 November 2008 - JISC RSC Scotland North & East awarded Scottish Open Source Education Excellence Award[1]
  • 11 May 2009 - AccessApps incorporated into EduApps
  • 14 May 2009 - AccessApps wins IMS Global Best Accessibility Solution award[2]

List of applications[edit]


  • AccessApps Help
  • Accessibility Essentials - produced by JISC TechDis


Planning and organisation[edit]

Multimedia tools[edit]

Reading and writing support[edit]

  • Adaptive Multimedia Information System (AMIS) - DAISY reader
  • DSpeech - text to speech
  • Express Scribe - transcription
  • NVDA - screen reader
  • PowerReader - dyslexia reading support
  • PowerTalk - PowerPoint reader
  • RapidSet - change font/background
  • TheSage - dictionary and thesaurus
  • TypeFaster Accessible - typing tutor

Visual support[edit]

Keyboard/mouse alternatives[edit]


Presentation tools[edit]




See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Scottish Open Source software award for AccessApps". JISC. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 
  2. ^ "AccessApps wins international accolade". JISC. Retrieved 2008-05-20. 

External links[edit]