Resources and Facilities

Assistive Technology Rooms

The university has two Assistive Technology Rooms (ATRs); one in the Main Arts Library, and one in the Deiniol Library.

In Main Arts, the room is situated in the Social Learning Area on the ground floor.  The Room houses two computers, a Braille embosser and a Rainbow ScannaR  (designed for users with visual impairments).  

Software includes:

  • EasyConverter (creates accessible Word documents).
  • OpenBook (converts printed documents or graphic-based text into an electronic text format , using speech and optical character recognition (OCR) technology), large print, MP3 audio, DAISY talking books and Braille).
  • JAWs screen reader.

The Deiniol Library ATR, is situated in Room A004, opposite the library issue desk, it contains three computers with various different monitors, a height adjustable desk and adjustable seating.  It also houses a CCTV system and equipment to produce tactile diagrams.

Networked Assistive Technology

The university also provides a variety of assistive software on the network (available across campus). This provision includes textHELP Read and Write (with an advanced spellchecker and text-to-speech engine), Inspiration (mind mapping software, useful for planning assignments and revision), and the MAGic screen magnification software, designed for visually impaired users.

For further information, contact Disability Services.

Other resources/facilities at the University include:

  • Dyslexia Student Services resource base of equipment, including reference books, dictaphones, spellcheckers, etc.
  • Induction loops in large lecture theatres and busy reception areas.
  • Portable loop system and radio aid to loan to students as required.
  • Portable infra red transmission equipment for use in smaller lecture rooms.
  • Visual alarms and vibrating pagers in Halls of Residence.
  • Task-lighting.
  • Copyholders.
  • Ergonomic equipment.
  • Portable computers.