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.
A range of alternatives to standard keyboards and mice are available from ISA.
The University has a small selection of products that are available for short-term loan by students who are waiting for their own equipment to be delivered or who are not eligible for Disabled Students’ Allowance. These items include:
portable PCs, copies of textHELP Read & Write, microphones, one copy of Dragon Naturally Speaking 7 and a Sarabec phone flasher.
There is no guarantee that equipment will be available. Equipment is loaned exclusively for personal use and solely for educational purposes. Fines are imposed for the late return of equipment. Students must agree not to load any other software onto loaned equipment and must take full responsibility for the return of loaned equipment in good condition.
Access type: Swipe card access to building. Key available at reception for registered Disability Unit students.
Opening hours: Library opening hours
Access information: Telephone 0121 204 4489 in advance or come to reception with ID card.
Facilities: Three Computers with large monitors, installed with assistive software and scanners. One workstation is on an electric height adjustable table.
Nearest printer: Printer C, 3rd floor.
Tel: 0121 204 3445