Assistive technology

Assistive technology is equipment, hardware or software that has been created or modified to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of certain people. The technology assists with day-to-day tasks, often computer tasks such as reading and writing text, or using equipment such as a mouse or keyboard, making technology more accessible to everyone.

Who is assistive technology for?

Assistive technology is usually aimed at people from the following groups:

  • Visually-impaired
  • Those with Specific Learning Difficulties (SpLD)
  • Mobility impaired
  • Deaf or hard of hearing
  • Those with restricted ability to use standard equipment

Computers and software on campus

The University has various assistive technology to enable disabled students to carry out their studies and achieve their academic goals. All PCs available to students on campus have a range of assistive technology software, most of which is available to all students.

The following assistive technology software is available in the computer clusters to all students:

  • TextHelp Read&Write (screen-reading and overlays etc.)
  • Mindjet MindManager (mind-mapping software)

Additionally, the following assistive technology software is available in the computer clusters to students registered with the Disability and Learning Support Service (ask your keyworker to add you to the user group):

  • Jaws (screen-reader)
  • ZoomText (magnifier and reader)

Students registered with the Disability and Learning Support Service who have specific needs may also be registered to use our four Assistive Technology booths in the Main Library. Ask your keyworker about being added to the AT booth list. The booths have the following equipment:

  • Matte screen
  • Optical disc drive
  • High contrast keyboard
  • Standard mouse
  • Trackball or ergonomic mouse
  • Headset with microphone
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking (speech recognition software)
  • ClaroRead
  • Pearl Scanner with Open Book
  • Viewplus Spot Dot Emprint Braille embosser
  • Dolphin EasyConverter