IT Facilities for Staff/Students with Disabilities
Disability Services works closely with the Schools and Information Services to ensure that appropriate support is put in place for students and staff with disabilities.
If you or your students have any difficulties accessing computer-related services due to a disability, please contact Disability Services.
Assistive Technology is hardware and software, which has been designed to improve the ability of the user to access computers or study more independently. Students with disabilities in Higher Education, who are in receipt of the Disabled Students' Allowance, can purchase this equipment to empower them to complete their course of study in line with their abilities. For further information regarding Assistive Technology, visit the Disability Services website.
In addition Information Services provides the following in some/all of the student computer labs:
All Computers - Screen Magnification Software (ZoomText): This software magnifies the image on a computer screen to enable individuals with a visual disability to see the screen more clearly. Computer operators using screen magnification often require a larger monitor. This allows sufficient information to be displayed on the screen for the user to continue to make sense of the data and its relationship to the document as a whole.
Selected Rooms - Large Monitors (17" - 21"): These are an important equipment item for visually impaired users. As mentioned above, this is particularly important if someone is using screen magnification software, as it will ensure a larger proportion of information can be viewed on screen at any one time.
Selected Locations - Scanners: When used in conjunction with read-back software, scanners are invaluable for any user who experiences reading difficulties for whatever reason.