What do we mean?

Alternative Formats - content accessible in a different format from the original. Examples are audio, large print, Braille files.
Assistive Technology - specialist IT equipment and software to help ​increase productivity and improve access to technology.

Accessibility Tools

What are Accessibility tools?

Accessibility tools can help people to:

  • interact and engage with content. For example, SensusAccess can create alternative formats from existing resources to boost the productivity of students and staff (e.g. having a document read aloud to support dyslexia or avoid eye strain).
  • understand the accessibility barriers for others and how to remove them. For example, Accessibility+ Toolkit and Ally in Moodle can be used to review and improve the accessibility of your content.

What tools are available at the University of Bath?

Microsoft Office Accessibility tools

Accessibility+ Toolkit

  • Reviews the accessibility for content authored inside of Moodle and find relevant guidance.
  • Batch fix content with accessibility issues.
  • Additional checking and accessibility features in the text editor as you create new content.


  • Highlights accessibility issues with uploaded documents.


  • Create alternative formats (e.g. MP3 audio file, ebook, braille, and more) from existing documents.
  • Convert scanned PDFs to another format using optical character recognition (OCR).
  • Generate the alternative format straight from Moodle or simply upload a document and select the output format

More tools and support at the University of Bath

The Assistive Technology Team page is great place for people who want to improve their productivity, people with disabilities or those suffering from various health conditions or injuries.

They offer:

  • an inclusive approach to supporting you
  • advice and training in a wide range of supported software and hardware to help with accessibility


Updated on: 8 Nov 2022