The development of literacy skills can be challenging for people who are d/Deaf. Visual computer programmes such as Inspiration Mind Mapping software can help you to take a visual approach to coursework and visually representing information.
Inspiration is particularly effective as a tool for:
- Organising and collating research (for studio or for your academic writing)
- Writing your essays and presentations (you can switch between a visual interface and a text based view that can be exported to Word or Powerpoint)
- Planning studio work (the process you take from the brief or initial ideas right through to the final outcome)
- Breaking your workload into manageable chunks (helps to improve focus and reduces you feeling overwhelmed)
*Availability – Inspiration can be used on all computers in the Library and selected computers around campus.*
A 30-day trial can be downloaded from: http://www.inspiration.com/Inspiration and it can be purchased online for approximately £50.
Inspiration software is available for Mac and Windows computers – both versions operate in the same way.
Inspiration Maps is an app available for mobile and tablet devices; this is covered in more detail under the section ‘Mobile and Tablet devices’
Support Resources – Video guides are available online: