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  Technology Support

Technology Support includes hardware or software designed to provide support or improved information access for people with a range of disabilities or additional support needs.
A range of software is available on the University network. The software can be accessed from all computers within the University. The software can be found in Applications/Core/Study Tools. There is a guide in this folder showing you how to use them.

The Study Tools folder includes the following: Study tools for literacy support:

Mind mapping based study tools:

Help with proof reading:

Information and resources on specialist software and IT strategies for literacy and study support can be found on Moodle; ask an Adviser for more information about the ‘Study Skills Resource Hub’.

Training

Training and support in the use of helpful technology and equipment is available from technology support staff in the Disability & Inclusion Team. We currently offer training on Read & Write Texthelp, ClaroRead, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Inspiration, Mindview and Audio Notetaker. We give advice on how to use digital recorders, laptops, tablets, medical spellcheckers and medical dictionaries.

We can also offer advice and guidance on the use of your own devices including iPads, iPhones, Kindles etc. and helpful apps that support study skills and literacy.

Support is also available in the use of specialist equipment or software to support visual, mobility or hearing difficulties.

Loan Equipment

We can provide loan equipment on variable terms, depending on your circumstances. This equipment includes tablets and notebooks (with software installed), digital recorders, medical dictionaries, medical spellcheckers and various keyboard and mouse combinations. Laptops can be borrowed from the Library.

Getting technology help and support

Look in the Study Tools folder under Applications\Core when you are logged in on a computer in the University.
The Study Tools – Software Guide explains how to use the software available.

Please see the factsheets below for detailed information on what is available and how to use it.

If you have a specific learning difficulty, please remember to ask about the Study Skill Resource Hub​ resources on Moodle. 

As part of discussions about your support arrangements, an Adviser may recommend that you make an appointment for training or familiarisation in the use of relevant software or equipment.

Please contact the iPoint at Craiglockhart/Sighthill or the Student Hub at Merchiston for details of appointment times with Disability & Inclusion Team technology support staff. Email ipoint@napier.ac.uk or call 0131 455 2929.

Fact sheets for using technology and other accessibility tools to support your learning

A range of Factsheets are available to help explore different study and support technologies. The Factsheets include technology resources available on the University network which offer advice on mobile technologies and apps. You can access the Factsheets from the Study Skills Resource Hub on Moodle at the bottom of the page in Technology Fact Sheets section.

Customise your computer

The BBC website, My Web My Way​, provides accessibility help, enabling you to adapt the settings on a computer to suit your personal needs, including customising the web browser.

Ease of Access Centre

You can also use the ‘accessibility’ built-in tools which are available in Windows 7 (and 8.1) to customise the computer, for example, making things easier to see (including magnification), making the mouse and keyboard easier to use and speech recognition.

A useful keyboard shortcut is to press and hold the ‘Windows’ + ‘U’ keys which activates the Ease of Centre window. Alternatively try typing ‘Ease of Access’ in the search box in the Windows Start menu (Windows 7). You can explore range of features available by working through the various options.

Accessibility for the Mac

There is also a similar range of accessibility features for the Mac – ‘Accessibility​’, which includes ‘Zoom’ for magnifying information on the screen, ‘Dictation’ which turns speech to text as well as contrast and cursor size options.

Useful Resources

  • Study Skills Resource Hub - Resources for students with disabilities looking for additional support.  

  • 5 free software apps to support reading and writing - A list of free software to help with reading, writing, spelling, grammar and referencing.
  • Struggling​ with your Studies - A step-by-step guide offering a range of practical technology focused solutions; a toolkit for successful independent learning.
  • Support technology can help with different aspects of your studies such as reading, writing and comprehension. Mobile and portable devices such as iPads and Androids now offer a range of accessible study tools such as
    text-to-speech, colour filters etc. With so many devices available, choosing the right one to meet your specific needs can be daunting, i.e. what works with what, which system offers spelling and grammar support etc? This guide is designed to show what is available for your phone, tablet or laptop to help overcome potential barriers to your studies.
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