The Assistive Technologies room is equipped with specialised hardware and software for use by students with disabilities.

The Assistive Technologies (AT) room is on Level 2 of the Library. It has power-assisted doors which you can open with the push button.


Facilities in the AT room

The AT room has:

  • Height-adjustable desks
  • daylight lamps
  • Document holders
  • 1 x computer with Braille embosser
  • Software
    • Jaws
      Screenreader which enables visually impaired and blind users to access and produce information from software applications, internet and email using keyboard shortcuts.
    • ZoomText
      Magnification tool with screen reading option which allows visually impaired students full access to Windows applications.
    • Kurzweil 1000
      Reading system with no visual interface, designed for users who are visually impaired or blind.
    • Read & Write GOLD
      Text-to-speech tool which gives the computer a voice. This can assist with reading text on your computer as well as to assist with proofreading your own work.
    • MindGenius
      An organisation tool which can be used to easily create mind maps (spider diagrams) for essay planning and preparation. MindGenius can also help with many other study tasks including exam revision, to do lists, notetaking and group work. This software is also available as a free download.
  • CCTVs
    • Andromeda CCTV
      Standard CCTV offering magnification, colour modes and x-y table.
    • EyePal Solo LV
      Captures page image and reads aloud whilst also displaying highlighted tracked texts on screen.
    • Split-screen CCTV
      Works directly with the computer and can show just the computer screen, just the CCTV screen, or a split screen showing both computer and CCTV.
    • MyReader
      CCTV which captures page image and presents as single column view, so that there's no need to scroll from side to side.



The University provides training for:

  • MindGenius
  • Read & Write GOLD
  • Use of the AT room (one-to-one sessions for students, and group sessions for staff)

You can download user manuals and view how-to videos for general software, and some assistive software, from the Development & Training Gateway (SharePoint login required).

One-to-one training on specialised technology is available on request from the Assistive Technology Advisers in the Disability Service.


More help

If you have any difficulties or queries whilst in the AT room, lift the telephone receiver located on the left side of the room.

The receiver automatically dials the Enquiry desk. If required, we can redirected your call to the Assistive Technology Advisers in the Disability Service.