Assistive Technology support

 News Moodle - offers Alternative Format option A⇓ - these can include Tagged PDF (works better with AT), Audio, Electronic braille and ePub formats.

Assistive or Academic Technology (AT) can be used to access content or to help with more effective study/working, needed perhaps due to injury (temporary or permanent), health issues, a disability, age or specific learning difficulty (SpLD).

AT works with accessible materials to help you navigate systems like Moodle.

 News Pooled room PCs now have Office 2019 - look out for the MS Word, Learning Tools (View Tab) - including Read Aloud.

Software and equipment for study

All Brookes students can book an appointment to discuss and explore potential tools to help with studies and remote working on their own devices, such as:

  • Extra features in the programmes you use all the time (MS Office, Google apps).
  • Browser extensions and operating system features.
  • Recommendations for study-related apps for mobile phones and tablets.    

New software for study

  • MS Office 365 - Immersive reader (you can switch captions on for the video)
  • HelpBird - AT tools for your browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge)
  • Windows user - Try MyStudyBar - collection of free download AT and links to training videos
  • For ideas look at Techability - see the poster 'Making technology work for you'
  • My Computer My Way - AbilityNet

Appointments

Individual sessions are available via Google Meet to look at software and equipment to aid remote learning and online study (30 or 60-minutes).

  • Tuesday - Thursday from 9.00am

Face-to-face support is available in the AT Suite, in JHB Building, Headington Campus (45-minutes).

  • Tuesday from 9.00am
Other times are available upon request - use the enquiry form, appointments calendar or email.

Assistive Technology Suites

The Assistive Technology Suites (ATS) house learning technology for exclusive independent use by students who are registered with the Inclusive Support Service. Contact us on ATS@brookes.ac.uk for more information or about registering for access.

“A quiet place to think and work. ”

Assistive Technology Suites user

ATS locations

“If I had tried out the various accessible software and technology options in the ATS, before my needs assessment, I could have benefited even more.”

Assistive Technology Suites user

ATS Headington Campus
ATS Headington Campus
ATS Swindon Campus
ATS Swindon Campus
ATS Wheatley Campus
ATS Wheatley Campus
ATS Harcourt Hill Campus
ATS Harcourt Hill Campus

AT tools and resources

Assistive / Academic Technology covers physical resources, IT hardware or software, but it doesn't have to be high tech.

AT physical resources 

  • Coloured paper, high lighters and overlays etc can help with visual perception of content.

AT hardware 

  • AT tools may be hardware  such as a large screen, reading pen, hearing aids, wireless microphones for teaching staff, printer/scanner, high contrast or large font keyboards and specialist mouse formats.

AT software 

  • Software can read text aloud to you, allow text creation by dictation, magnify and read screen details, or let you plan in a visual way, mind-maps. It can allow you to navigate without a mouse by hotkey combinations or alternatively without a keyboard by voice. 
  •  Useful tools are found at various levels of your IT, built-in to the operating system (especially Mac) but also in applications like MS Office and Google apps, or extensions to your browser as well as specialist software. There are also Apps for your mobile device to record, magnify, scan, help with time management or read aloud.
  • Depending on where it is found it may be free in existing software you are using. Specialist software may have a one off cost to purchase or an annual / course length subscription.