Literacy Support

inspirationsoftwareThe 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: 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: