About assistive technology

What is assistive technology?

The term ‘assistive technology’ covers a wide range of items, from computer systems, specialist assistive software and assistive listening devices to simple items such as wrist rests and grips for pens.

Although aimed at enabling disabled people to gain equal access to facilities and resources, well-designed assistive technology can improve access for all. For example, mind-mapping software can help with planning, research and assignments. Text-to-speech programs also give invaluable proofreading support.

There is a wide range of assistive technology available in the library, including assistive software, scanners and hand-held video magnifiers. Please see assistive technology in the library and assistive software on the UWE Bristol network for more information.

You may also wish to view information about the Alternative Formats Service that UWE Bristol Library offers. The Alternative Formats Service can produce books and journals in an alternative format if you have a print disability such as a visual impairment or dyslexia. Text can be provided in PDF, Microsoft Word, DAISY or audio. Text can also be re-formatted by changing the fonts, altering the line-spacing and reprinting on to different coloured paper.

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