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The University provides assistive technology to help enable anyone who may need assistance to gain more equal access to their learning.

Any supportive device falls under the title of Assistive Technology (AT). Some assistive technologies include text-to-speech screen readers, alternative keyboards and mice, voice recognition software, and screen magnification software. AT promotes greater independence by enabling people to perform tasks that they would otherwise have difficulty achieving.

The University provides assistive software on all of the student PCs in the libraries and computer rooms via a folder on the desktop titled Assistive Software, which includes:

  • Read & Write Gold from Text Help! (text-to-speech, reading and writing support)
  • Mind View - Mind-mapping software
  • Claro Read Pro

The computers also include Microsoft Ease of Access or Apple Accessibility which are a suite of accessibility tools including dictation, magnification, screen changes.

  • What is Accessibility?

    The level to which a tool is accesible varies depending on the user and their personal requirements. A well designed product will support many users' needs and provide various ways of interacting with a product for example having a choice between speech recognition interaction, keyboard typing or a touchscreen keyboard will enable many users with different needs to access the same tool. 
    Our focus is to empower students to be independent intheir studies and have full access to:

    • teaching and learning material
    • digital content
    • assessment activities
    • University systems
  • What is Assistive Technology?

    Assistive Technology refers to any supportive device that enables a user to overcome barriers to learning, related to a disability or specific learning difficulty. For example a user who is partially sighted may struggle to view all aspects of a digital document however by utilising a Screen Reader they can listen to all the information included in the document, removing the barrier to learning.

    These pages are designed to provide you with detailed information on:

    • how best to overcome a learning barrier
    • assistive hardware available to you for loan
    • assistive software available for use
    • assistive workstations
    • how to use use asistive tools through the use of webinars, video clips, help sheets and FAQs