Alternative Format Centre (AFC)
The Alternative Format Centre specialises in converting information into accessible formats for individuals with auditory and print disabilities.
Print disabilities include:
- Vision impairment or blindness
- Physical dexterity problems such as multiple sclerosis and arthritis
- Learning disabilities such as dyslexia
- Brain injury or cognitive impairment
- Literacy difficulties
- Early dementia
Eligibility for the services offered through Alternative Format Centre is determined by the Disability Resource Service. Students first need to discuss their needs with a Disability Resource Service Advisor to identify the most suitable supports.
The Centre currently provides the following supports:
- Printed and written information is converted into accessible formats
- Visual information eg. graphs, diagrams and pictorial illustrations can be converted into tactile format with captions in Braille and English where necessary
- Videos are captioned and transcripts provided
- Recorded audio files are transcribed into digital text/print
- Enlarged photocopying in colour or black
- Scanning of printed/visual information
Students are welcome to join and follow an online technology forum.
You can learn about the latest learning support tools that can help in improving your grades and maximising your academic performance.
Please email if you would like to join.
Check out the videos from ADCET:
Resource rooms with assistive technology and equipment are available for student use.
Assistive technology at UC (training is provided) includes:
- JAWS screen reader
- Natural Reader screen reader
- MAGic screen magnifier
- ZoomText screen magnifier/reader
- OpenBook Optical Character Recognition
- Dragon Naturally Speaking Speech Recognition
- CCTV magnifier
- Microtek scanner
- TextHELP Read & Write Gold [Students can install TextHelp on any UC PC from the Software Centre found in the Start Menu]
- Digital Voice Recorders
- FM hearing devices
- Ergonomic accessories
Useful information for students
Windows 7 accessibility features
Google Drive to create, edit, share information & collaborate in real-time
Enabling technologies (PDF, 236KB, 2 pages) that include:
- Tools to match your learning style and improve your study skills with software that is available on campus and a few other good ones that can be easily acquired at little or no cost.
- Software for reading, writing, hands-free word processing, research, thinking and managing information.
- Apps for mobile devices: reading, notetaking and dictation.
Free & Open Source Software (FOSS) that you can download and use.
Quick start guides
- NaturalReader software 14 (PDF)
- Ginger spelling and grammar checker (PDF)
- Dragon Speech Recognition Software 13.0 (PDF)
- read&write Gold 10 reading features (PDF)
- read&write Gold 10 writing features (PDF)
- read&write Gold 10 research features (PDF)
Useful information for staff
- Types of Disabilities and Accommodations
- Principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
- Creating Universally Designed Course Material
- Try DAT for creating accessible documents in MS Word Now!
- Supporting You - Supporting Students
- Busting Barriers to Learning
- UDL on Campus - A Guide
Principles of student success at UC
- Personal Validation: Feel welcome and valued by the University
- Self-efficacy: Feel their effort matters and in control of their success
- Sense of Purpose: Make meaningful connections between learning and life
- Active Involvement: Engage in educationally purposeful activities/processes
- Reflective Thinking: Reflect on and link new learning to existing knowledge
- Social Integration: Interact and collaborate to connect interpersonally
- Self-awareness: Self-aware and mindful of their learning style, habits and thinking