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Assistive Technologies and Study Support

Library's Sensory Room, at Warwick

Assistive technology is a broad field, ranging from the use of very simple technology - your mobile phone or e-mail - to the very complex - use of voice recognition software or technology that will read information from your computer screen. Assistive technology software and hardware (such as voice recorder) are often recommended by Needs Assessors when preparing reports for submission to Student Finance England, if you apply for a Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA).

Software Available on the University Network

The University of Warwick provides a wide selection of software resources for students to use to support their academic activities.

The list includes software freely available from publishers' websites that may be useful for teaching/research/general productivity.

RNIB Bookshare for Electronic Reading Materials

RNIB Bookshare is an online Library catalogue for print-disabled learners, including those with dyslexia or those who are blind or partially sighted.

With over 225,000 titles, you can listen to digital books with high quality text to speech voices along with other accessibility features.

Built-in Accessibility and Free Assistive Software

Operating systems and software packages contain a range of access options that can be adjusted according to individual needs.

For example:

  • you may wish to use the zoom function or see text presented as white on black due to visual impairment.
  • you may wish to adjust the speed of double click or the sensitivity of the keyboard.
  • if you have a hearing impairment, you might find it useful to set visual alternatives to sound notifications

Both AbilityNetLink opens in a new window and JISCLink opens in a new window provide comprehensive and helpful guides for adjusting your computer to meet your needs.

Assistive technology in the Library

You can access assistive technology packages such as Kurzweil 1000, Jaws, ClaroRead, Dragon Naturally Speaking and Read&Write on particular machines.

The Library also has magnifying equipment, hearing loops, digital recorders and other equipment available.

An extensive list of training sessions

IT Services (ITS) runs training sessions throughout the year that students can sign up for. ITS also hold one to one training and online training is available.

Audio support

The University has a number of induction loop systems installed in lecture theatres, although you may wish to consider having your own radio aid through the Disabled Students' Allowance (DSA).

The Library has a number of different style portable loops available. The Library helpdesk is also fitted with a hearing loop.

If you are considering staying on campus in the halls of residence, you will be allocated in a room with a flashing light and vibro pillow fire alerter.

Record your lectures

You can use digital recorders to record lectures as a reasonable adjustment on disability grounds. Disability Services have a small number of digital recorders which may be borrowed on a short term basis.

Gain effective study skills

Find links and resources to help you explore different study skills that could be useful for your studies on our Resources for Study Skills web page. In addition, there are tools you can use to review your study skills.

You may also be able to access the specialist study skills support or academic mentoring offered through Disability Services. To discuss this, please contact us through the Wellbeing Portal and choose the “Support for disabilities” option.