Enabling Technology

AccessAbility Services provide training for students who have received funding towards enabling technology training as part of a Disabled Students’ Allowances award. Training will help you to understand how equipment and software packages can be incorporated easily into your studies.

Find out about the many different features of your recommended hardware or software to help you with all areas of your studies, including note taking, researching, essay writing and exam revision.

Software training might include:

  • TextHelp Read and Write 

  • ClaroRead 

  • Audio Recording (eg Audio Notetaker, Olympus Sonority) 

  • Magnification software (eg ZoomText and Supernova) 

  • OCR Scanning 

  • Screen Reading 

  • Voice Recognition (Dragon Naturally Speaking and Dragon Dictate) 

  • Mind Mapping and Creative Thinking (eg Inspiration and Mind View)

Training might also include the use of hardware,

  • Digital Recording devices – such as Olympus Recorders, Digital Note takers, Livescribe and Smart Pens

  •  Alternative keyboards and pointing devices

  •  MAC OS and Windows Accessibility features

Training will be provided in sessions of up to three hours and our experienced Enabling Technology trainer will provide individual tuition to assist students in overcoming many of the study related difficulties highlighted in their needs assessments.

Appointments can be made during office hours for enabling technology training in the Student Hub. Alternatively, arrangements can be made for virtual training sessions.

Book your training sessions now via AccessAbility Services on:
t: 01782 294977 (Stoke) or 01785 353302 (Stafford) or email disability@staffs.ac.uk

Enabling Technology Resources

Changing Windows Colour Backgrounds using Rapid Set (PDF, file size: 538.74KB)

Digital Voice Recorder Guide (PDF, file size: 214.25KB)


University Computer Facilities

AccessAbility Services work closely with Digital Services who provide a range of services, equipment and support for disabled students.

For details of their services and how to locate the enabling technology on campus, please see the Digital Services.