Assistive Technology

‌‌Students are welcome to join and follow an online technology forum.
You can learn about learning support tools that can help in improving your grades and maximising your academic performance. 
Please email if you would like to join.

Disability Resource Service Study Areas

The Blue Room

Resource Areas - Blue Room

The Blue Room (037A) is located in the basement of the Erskine building. There is a computer loaded with JAWS screen reader, MAGic text enlarger, OpenBook, Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition and Read & Write TextHelp software.

The Green Room

Resource Areas - Green Room

The Green Room (034A) is located in the basement of the Erskine building. There is a computer loaded with JAWS screen reader, MAGic text enlarger, OpenBook, Dragon Naturally Speaking speech recognition, Read & Write TextHelp and ZoomText software. A Mac computer is also available.

The Alcove

Resource Areas - Alcove

The Alcove is located on Level 2 of the Puaka-James Hight building adjacent to DRS and students with disabilities have priority use at all times. There are two computers and a SmartView CCTV magnifier in the Alcove. The assistive technology on these computers include JAWS screen reader, MAGic text enlarger, OpenBook, Read & Write TextHelp, MathType and Inspiration software.

Assistive technology at UC (training is provided):

  • JAWS screen reader
  • Natural Reader screen reader
  • MAGic screen magnifier
  • ZoomText screen magnifier/reader
  • OpenBook optical character recognition
  • Dragon 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]

Equipment available for loan

  • Digital Voice Recorders
  • Hearing assistance devices
  • Ergonomic accessories

Useful information for students

Windows 7 accessibility features

Google Drive to create, edit, share information & collaborate in real-time

A brief overview of ENABLING technologies 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) applications that you can download and use.

Quick start guides

UC Student Experience

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Matthew Haven: ZoomText user

Sean Edwards: JAWS & NVDA user

TextHelp Learning Support available Uni-wide

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The Three Main Types of Assistive Technology

Text-to-speech and Voice Dictation Technology: Uni student experience

Screen Reader Technology: Uni Student Experience

BrailleNote demonstration

Speech Recognition or Dictation Technology