Enabling Technology

The Student Enabling Centre provides 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, Mind View and Mind Genius)

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 in the Student Enabling Centre. 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 Enabling Centre’s training room.  Alternatively, arrangements can be made for virtual training sessions.

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

Mind Genius Workshop

Mind Genius is mind mapping software which can help you to organise your thoughts in a visual format and is available on all Staffordshire University computers. 

The Student Enabling Centre offers training events in Mind Genius on most Wednesdays.   To register your interest, use the link below or call in to the Student Enabling Centre and complete a form.

Enabling Technology Resources

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

Introduction to Mind Genius 4 (PDF, file size: 927.69KB)

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

 

University Computer Facilities

The Student Enabling Centre works closely with Information 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 Information Services webpage.

 Visit: Information Services - Support for Disabled Students