Assistive technologies are devices or software used by some people with disabilities to access computers, paperwork and other information. Some assistive technologies include text-to-speech screen readers, alternative keyboards and mice, head pointing devices, voice recognition software, and screen magnification software.
We have implemented a range of assistive technology products to meet the needs of a broad range of users. Users may have very individual needs and we try to accommodate these. Some individual needs can be addressed by what we already have in place. In other circumstances we may need to work with individuals and other colleagues in the University in order to devise appropriate access solutions.
Students with disabilities or additional needs may be eligible for financial support to help meet the costs of their additional needs. This funding, Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA), is provided by Student Finance authorities. Further information on DSA is available from the Disability Team.
There are various assistive technology products around the University. We are currently working on ‘mainstreaming’ assistive technology to make it more widely available around the University. In the interim, the following is available:
There are height adjustable desks in various PC labs around the University. These can be electrically adjusted to an appropriate height to accommodate a wheelchair.
Additionally, the University has a facility for the limited production of tactile diagrams and a Scotch Dymo Braille labeller for small Braille label production. These are available for loan to staff in other departments.
Loop systems are installed in various locations around the University and fire alert pagers are available from Security.
Tel: 0121 204 3445