Assistive Technology Suite

  • Software and Equipment for Study

    The Assistive Technology Suites house learning technology for exclusive independent use by students who are registered with the Disability and Dyslexia/SpLD Services.

    Contact us on dyslexiaspld@brookes.ac.uk for more information or about registering for access.

    All students can book an appointment in an ATS to discuss and explore potential tools to help your studies. Come along to find out what technology you can use at Brookes:

    • Extra features in the programs you use all the time.
    • AT software available on the network PCs (Apps Anywhere).
    • Recommendations for study-related apps for mobile phones and tablets.

    Appointments

    During semester time

    We have 30-minute bookable, individual slots available for face-to-face sessions in an ATS (Headington, Wheatley or Harcourt) or via Google Hangouts to look at software and equipment to aid study.

    Availability this week, 9-13 March 2020

    Please note, there will be no face-to-face AT support on offer this week at Wheatley or Headington due to illness. The next face-to-face appointments will be:

    • Headington 17 March
    • Harcourt 18 March
    • Wheatley 22 April

    Out of semester

    Appointments available for face-to-face sessions at Headington or by Google Hangouts (Tuesday to Thursday). Email ATS@brookes.ac.uk

  • During Semester: Tuesdays 11.00am – 12.30pm - Bookable slots, JHBB - ATS, Headington

    Thursdays 12.30 – 2.30pm, JHBB - ATS, Headington. 

    Use the booking form or appointments calendar to arrange a session.

    Note:  Outside Semester email to agree a time for a face to face session or an on-line session via Google Meetings.

    Assistive Technology Suite - John Henry Brookes Building

    During Semester: Wednesdays from 11.30am - Drop-in and bookable slots alternate weeks at Wheatley Campus - H205, in the library.

    Sessions:  29th Jan 2020 from 11.30.

    Use the booking form or appointments calendar to arrange a session.

    Note:  Outside Semester email to agree a time for a face to face session or an on-line session via Google Hangouts meetings.

    Wheatley Campus

    During Semester: Wednesdays from 11.30am - Drop-in and bookable slots alternate weeks, Harcourt Hill, Block G, Lower ground - G.LG04.

    Sessions:  22nd Jan 2020 from 11.30 am.  Confirm by email.

    Use the booking form or appointments calendar to arrange a session.

    Note:  Outside Semester email to agree a time for a face to face session or an on-line session via Google Hangouts meetings.

    Harcourt Hill Campus

    Swindon Campus, Joel Joffe Library (JOF.G.09b) can be booked for a Google Hangouts meeting session looking at Assistive Technology.

    Tuesday - Thursday, 9.30 – 11.30am and 2.00 – 3.30pm

    Wednesday later appointments may be available.

    Note:  You can visit an Oxford Campus

    Use the booking form or appointments calendar to arrange a session.

    Swindon Campus

    Joel Joffe Library

  • Other times are available upon request - use the enquiry form to contact us.

    New software for study

    • Mindview - mind mapping software now available in all ATS. 
    • Sensus Access - convert files to an accessible format and suitable file text in to MP3 audio, available on the internet via Library pages.  
    • Try MyStudyBar - free download and links to training videos
    • 30 day trial of Sonocent for combining audio notes and slides 

    Training and events

    To keep up to date with new features and web-based training, sign up to the Assistive Technology Forum (assistive-tech-forum) for information or email ATS@brookes.ac.uk.

    What is available in the ATS?

    Some of the technology available in the ATS includes:

    • mind mapping software that helps you plan essays and revise for exams
    • text to speech software and headphones so that you can listen to electronic text read aloud
    • scanners to convert print into electronic text, which can then be listened to
    • screen reading software which reads out the whole screen
    • screen magnification software which expands a part of the screen so it can be seen more easily
    • magnifiers which display enlarged images of books
    • ergonomic equipment such as ergonomic chairs, keyboards, mice and adjustable desks
    • speech to text software that writes down what you say

    If you would like to use the room, please contact your disability or dyslexia/SpLD adviser.