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

    • Extra features in the programs 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.

    Appointments

    During semester time (Tuesday - Thursday)

    We have 30-minute individual slots available for sessions via Google Hangouts to look at software and equipment to aid remote learning and online study.

    Availability 

    Please note, there is no face-to-face AT support on offer at the current time.

    Daily AT Google Hangout Meeting just click the link and join the meeting, check the chat pane for messages.  Available from 9.30am, Monday - Thursday, Friday on request.

    Details of the next face-to-face appointments will be posted here:

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      Out of semester

      Appointments available by Google Hangouts (Tuesday - Thursday). Email ATS@brookes.ac.uk

    • Appointments and drop-in sessions are available via Google Meetings, Google hangouts etc.  Daily drop-in AT Google Hangout Meeting just click the link and join the meeting, check the chat pane for messages.  Available from 9.30am, Monday - Thursday, Friday on request.

      Information about useful software built into your operating system or common software (MS Office and Google Apps) is available as links or shared Google drive documents.

      There is temporary access available to specialist assistive technology software - Glean (notetaking linking audio to slides or video, which works for online lectures) please complete a request for Glean; and only for students registered with Wellbeing, ClaroRead (text to speech - reading aloud) request for ClaroRead.

      During Semester:

      Use the booking form or appointments calendar to arrange an on-line session.

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

      Assistive Technology Suite - John Henry Brookes Building

      During Semester:

      Use the booking form or appointments calendar to arrange an on-line session.

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

      Wheatley Campus

      During Semester:

      Use the booking form or appointments calendar to arrange an on-line session.

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

      Harcourt Hill Campus

      During Semester:

      Use the booking form or appointments calendar to arrange an on-line session.

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

      Swindon Campus

      Joel Joffe Library

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

      New software for study

      • Glean - note taking with online lectures - FREE unlimited access to Glean until August 31st 2020. Request Glean from Oxford Brookes.
      • 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.