There is a range of Assistive Technology and Software (ATS) available to support you.
Many of our students will already be very familiar with the range of assistive technology and software (ATS) they can use to complete Alternative forms of Assessment from home. However, those who normally receive one-to-one support may have some reservations / concerns. Please see below for a summary of the main ATS you may use in lieu of one-to-one support.
Please note: If you have received your ATS but have not yet availed of the accompanying training, you are strongly encouraged to contact the approved trainer as soon as possible to make arrangements for remote training. If you are unsure who the recommended trainer is (this will be detailed in their DSA2 letter). Alternatively contact the Needs Assessment Centre at email@example.com for clarification.
Scribe support –Students may make use of voice dictation software that allows you to verbally dictate your answers to be converted to typed text. This software may be accessed as follows:
- Dragon Professional Individual V15– students in receipt of DSA may already be using this software for written composition. If you are not in receipt of DSA, please contact your Disability Officer for further guidance.
- Microsoft Office 365– Microsoft Office 365 comes with inbuilt voice dictation feature – see https://dictate.ms/
Reader support – Students may use text to speech software. This will read aloud the text on your computer screen. This may be accessed as follows:
- Assistive software such as TextHelp Read and Write Gold or Claroread– students in receipt of DSA may already be using this software for text to speech. If you are not in receipt of DSA, please contact your Disability Officer for further guidance.
- Microsoft Office 365– Microsoft Office 365 has an inbuilt text to speech feature. Follow the link for further information relating to the accessibility functions available in Office 365: https://www.microsoft.com/en-gb/Accessibility/office.
Prompter support – If you normally receive Prompter support and have a timed exam through Canvas, you can arrange with your Prompter to ‘phone through with prompts as you work through the exam. Alternatively, you could set regular reminders or alarms on your phone which will alert you throughout your exam.