Assistive technology

Students who are awarded funding for assistive technology (AT) training are able to access specialist training within the University of Hertfordshire.

Jacqueline Ellis is an experienced AT trainer who can visit you in halls, your home or meet you at a time and place to suit you at the University.

If you are awarded equipment but there is a delay in the delivery, you may borrow alternatives on a short term basis. Some of the AT available includes:

  • digital voice recorders
  • reading pens
  • ergonomic keyboards and mice

Available to all students in the LRCs

  • Texthelp Read and Write Gold is available on the computers for all students and staff to access. This software has some features which make text more easily accessible and assist in organising files and folders.
  • Inspiration is a mind mapping software programme which makes essay planning, organisation and revision easily accessible. The programme is also available in the LRC on all computers.
  • Magnification programmes are available which can make text more easily accessible to students who experience visual difficulties.

Available on loan for disabled students

We have a range of equipment available within the University to loan to disabled students who are applying for the DSA or are not eligible.

This includes, for example, digital recorders and reading pens. Our stock is limited, but we will do our best to provide you with some assistive equipment/technology while you apply for the DSA, if you can.

Use your technology

You can use your assistive technology equipment anywhere in the University.

There are many areas on both campuses where you can work, in quiet and calm. Some of these areas need to be booked through Studynet.

There are some quiet spaces available where you can access computers which have assistive software on them. Ask about these facilities in the LRC.

Getting support

You can access the 'Self Help' guides through Studynet while you are in the LRC or you can make an appointment with Jacqueline who can meet you in the LRC and provide training and guidance on using the software.

Get in touch

Email Jacqueline Ellis to make an appointment to discuss Assistive Technology training, or call +44 (0)1707 286098.