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 Specific Learning Difficulties

Technology plays a fundamental part in teaching and learning here at DCU for all students.  Assistive Technology can help support students with disabilities overcome challenges like note-taking, reading and examinations.  Assistive Technology allows students with disabilities perform tasks they might otherwise be unable to do.  There are a variety of assistive technologies available to students registered with the DLSS.

In order to access AT Support, Students must register with the Disability and Learning Support Service: http://www.dcu.ie/students/disability/

After Registering with the Service, an AT Assessment will be carried out to see what Support and Equipment can be given to the Student. This will be followed up with a number of training sessions on the equipment/software provided so that the student will benefit from the use of this Technology.

 ClaroRead Pro Software  

ClaroRead Pro Software can assist students with:

ClaroRead provides reading and writing support tools for any student looking to make the writing process easier. Find text to speech, word prediction, spell check, proofreading and more in one easy to use program.  You can convert PDF's to accessible PDF's or to word using the Scan feature.

  • Text to speech
  • Proofreading
  • Spellcheck

Please note that site license software runs on a subscription basis, and only applies while you are a current student in DCU. Once you are no longer a student, you will no longer be entitled to install/use the software.

To use Claroread Cloud and/or install Clarorerad for windows or Mac you must first agree to the DCU Disclaimer.   You will then be granted access to the log in details to access Claroread Cloud.  All DCU staff and students have access to use the Claoread Cloud  OCR (Optical Cloud Recogition Software), Chrome Apps and a number of iOS apps.  Windows and Mac users can also install Claoread Pro/Plus along with a number of extras.  You also have access to download over 30 different vocalisers.  

For more information on Claroread Pro please go to the Claroread website or check out the Youtube channel.

Please note DCU hold a site licence for ClaroRead Pro for Windows. This software is also available for students and staff to use on campus within the student labs where Windows 10 is installed. We do not hold a site licence for Mac users, this is restricted to students registered with the Disability Service who require the software and should be requested from the Assistive Technology Officer

Install Claroread for Mac & Windows

 

Students registered with the DLSS can access Claroread for Apple Mac with referral from their Disability Officer

 

 Audio Notetaker (Sonocent) 

Audio Notetaker (Sonocent)

Audio Notetaker offers a visual and interactive form of note taking - one where audio, text and images are used to create truly comprehensive notes.  You can import powerpoint and PDF's relevant to your text and audio, it lets you keep everything in one place.

For more information on Audio Notetaker please go to the Sonocent website or check out the Youtube channel.

Please note there are only a limited number of licences available for this software, free trials are available from the website.  Your AT officer will provide you with a licence for this software if requested or recommended and this will require updating on a yearly basis.  Just to note there is now an iOS app available now.

If you would like to download Audio Notetaker please click on the button below.

Please click on this button to download Audio Notetaker.

 
 Livescribe Echo 

Livescribe Echo smart pen

The Livescribe Echo smart pen allows you to record your lectures, capture your notes, replay them and allows you to send them from your desktop as a standard PDF or audio file.  You can record and
playback everything you hear and write.

For more information go to the Livescribe website and check out the support videos available on the Youtube channel.

 Samson - Go Mic 

Samson - Go Mic

The Go Mic is a portable USB condenser Microphone.  This piece of equipment is a versatile computer-based miking and recording system. Can be used with a PC or Mac.

For more information visit the Samsontech website or check out Youtube.

 Olympus DM-650 Digital Voice Recorder 

Olympus DM-650 Digital Voice Recorder

This Digital Voice Recorder is battery operated with 4GBs of memory.  It has 3 stereo microphones that can capture the highest quality of sound.  The Olympus DM-650 is perfect for lecture halls and recording your lectures for replay later.

For more information on the this piece please go to the Olympus website and check out Youtube for some tutorials on the device. 

 Smartphone/Tablet Apps and Chrome Extensions 

Smartphone/Tablet Apps and Chrome Extensions

There are many apps and extensions for Google Chrome that help students while studying at university. ISS in conjunction with SS&D and TEU has selected six of the best and linked them to DCU Student Apps account.

The Apps & Extensions include the following:

  • Grammarly: An advanced spelling and grammar check
  • Blocksite: A web blocker to beat procrastination
  • Diigo: A quick and simple web research tool
  • Simple Pomodoro: A timer to help you get working
  • Mindmup 2.0: A digital mind mapping tool
  • Quizlet: An aid to you create amazing flash cards

These Apps & Extensions are been deployed automatically to student accounts, once they have signed into Chrome with their DCU Apps username and password. Staff who wish to find out more about these apps & extensions or to install them can do manually by clicking on the links above and following the steps outlined in the video below.

AHEAD Appwatch

Every week AHEAD list their top 10 apps which they find helpful for students. These apps are specifically aimed at students with certain difficulties. To check out the latest top 10 click here.

 

Assist Ireland

Assist Ireland also have a repository of Apps for Smartphone and tablet users which are available here. There are a wide range of Apps suitable for students with disabilities here.

Please note:

ISS and the DLSS accepts no responsibility for the content/usage of the apps listed above from AHEAD or Assist Ireland. If you choose to avail of the above apps it is at your own discretion.

 

For further information on any of the above please contact the Assistive Technology Officer:

Mary McGovern

Telephone: 01 7005091

Email: Mary.McGovern@dcu.ie

Location: The AT office lies within the ISS Department and can be accessed from the Service desk in the ISS building.

For Further Information please contact by email: assistive.technology@dcu.ie or Phone (01)7005091.

 

Visually Impaired or blind

Technology plays a fundamental part in teaching and learning here at DCU for all students.  Assistive Technology can help support students with disabilities overcome challenges like note-taking, reading and examinations.  Assistive Technology allows students with disabilities perform tasks they might otherwise be unable to do.  There are a variety of assistive technologies available to students registered with the DLSS.

In order to access AT Support, Students must register with the Disability and Learning Support Service: http://www.dcu.ie/students/disability/

After Registering with the Service, an AT Assessment will be carried out to see what Support and Equipment can be given to the Student. This will be followed up with a number of training sessions on the equipment/software provided so that the student will benefit from the use of this Technology.

 Zoomtext 

Zoomtext

Zoomtext is a screen magnifier for Microsoft windows designed for the visually impaired.  The program allows you to see and hear everything from your computer as well as providing access to applications, documents, email and the internet.

For more information on Zoomtext please go to the Ai Squared website or check out the Youtube channel.

Please note that this is only available to visually impaired students through the AT centre.  Only a limited number of this software is available.

 Jaws 

Jaws

Jaws is the most popular screen-reader available and was developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse.  It provides 
speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications on your PC.

For more information on Jaws please go to the Freedom Scientific website.

 Windows Ease of Access Centre 

Windows Ease of Access Centre

Windows offer several programs and settings that can make your computer more comfortable and easy to use.  The Ease of Access Centre is the location where you can set up the accessibility settings and programs available in windows.  Features include an on screen keyboard and magnifyer.

For more information go to the Microsoft Windows webpage or check out Youtube.  There is support videos available for both Windows 7 and Windows 8 users.

 Crystal + Handheld Magnifier 

Crystal + Handheld Magnifier

This magnifier can be used by the visually impaired for reading purposes.  Its features include LED lighting, it can magnify up to 6x and up to 4 hours batter life which is rechargeable.

 For more information on this go to the Ashlowvision website

 Braille Note 

Braille Note

The Brialle Note helps students who are visually impaired.  Made by Humanware, this device allows the students to maximise their digital communications.  It includes such functions as Braille output and text to speech output. Provides access to Web pages, download e-mails or retrieve files from your network.

For more information on this device please see the http://store.humanware.com/heu/braillenote-apex-bt-32-braille-notetaker.htmljavascript:mctmp(0);

 Alternative Formats 

Alternative Formats

Alternative formats are also available for students who are blind or visually impaired.  There are a wide variety of ebooks available in the DCU Library.  

The Assistive Technology Coordinator will also try and locate any alternative texts required for students from the publishers.

There can be delays in this so if a students requires core texts or specific reading material it is best practice to give the AT Coordinator as much notice as possible. Publishers can request information regarding the student requesting the alternative text, you will be asked for permission to allow access to any of your information if this is requested.  

 Olympus DM-650 Digital Voice Recorder 

Olympus DM-650 Digital Voice Recorder

This Digital Voice Recorder is battery operated with 4GBs of memory.  It has 3 stereo microphones that can capture the highest quality of sound.  The Olympus DM-650 is perfect for lecture halls and recording your lectures for replay later.

For more information on the this piece please go to the Olympus website and check out Youtube for some tutorials on the device. 

 Smartphone/Tablet Apps and Chrome Extensions 

Smartphone/Tablet Apps and Chrome Extensions

There are many apps and extensions for Google Chrome that help students while studying at university. ISS in conjunction with SS&D and TEU has selected six of the best and linked them to DCU Student Apps account.

The Apps & Extensions include the following:

  • Grammarly: An advanced spelling and grammar check
  • Blocksite: A web blocker to beat procrastination
  • Diigo: A quick and simple web research tool
  • Simple Pomodoro: A timer to help you get working
  • Mindmup 2.0: A digital mind mapping tool
  • Quizlet: An aid to you create amazing flash cards

These Apps & Extensions are been deployed automatically to student accounts, once they have signed into Chrome with their DCU Apps username and password. Staff who wish to find out more about these apps & extensions or to install them can do manually by clicking on the links above and following the steps outlined in the video below.

AHEAD Appwatch

Every week AHEAD list their top 10 apps which they find helpful for students. These apps are specifically aimed at students with certain difficulties. To check out the latest top 10 click here.

 

Assist Ireland

Assist Ireland also have a repository of Apps for Smartphone and tablet users which are available here. There are a wide range of Apps suitable for students with disabilities here.

Please note:

ISS and the DLSS accepts no responsibility for the content/usage of the apps listed above from AHEAD or Assist Ireland. If you choose to avail of the above apps it is at your own discretion.

 

For further information on any of the above please contact the Assistive Technology Officer:

Mary McGovern

Telephone: 01 7005091

Email: Mary.McGovern@dcu.ie

Location: The AT office lies within the ISS Department and can be accessed from the Service desk in the ISS building.

For Further Information please contact by email: assistive.technology@dcu.ie or Phone (01)7005091.

 

Hearing Impaired

Technology plays a fundamental part in teaching and learning here at DCU for all students.  Assistive Technology can help support students with disabilities overcome challenges like note-taking, reading and examinations.  Assistive Technology allows students with disabilities perform tasks they might otherwise be unable to do.  There are a variety of assistive technologies available to students registered with the DLSS.

In order to access AT Support, Students must register with the Disability and Learning Support Service: http://www.dcu.ie/students/disability/

After Registering with the Service, an AT Assessment will be carried out to see what Support and Equipment can be given to the Student. This will be followed up with a number of training sessions on the equipment/software provided so that the student will benefit from the use of this Technology.

 Loop Systems 

Loop Systems

A hearing Loop magnetically transfers the sound from a microphone, etc to hearing aids and cochlear implants.

Please visit the following website for additional information.

 Smartphone/Tablet Apps and Chrome Extensions 

Smartphone/Tablet Apps and Chrome Extensions

There are many apps and extensions for Google Chrome that help students while studying at university. ISS in conjunction with SS&D and TEU has selected six of the best and linked them to DCU Student Apps account.

The Apps & Extensions include the following:

  • Grammarly: An advanced spelling and grammar check
  • Blocksite: A web blocker to beat procrastination
  • Diigo: A quick and simple web research tool
  • Simple Pomodoro: A timer to help you get working
  • Mindmup 2.0: A digital mind mapping tool
  • Quizlet: An aid to you create amazing flash cards

These Apps & Extensions are been deployed automatically to student accounts, once they have signed into Chrome with their DCU Apps username and password. Staff who wish to find out more about these apps & extensions or to install them can do manually by clicking on the links above and following the steps outlined in the video below.

AHEAD Appwatch

Every week AHEAD list their top 10 apps which they find helpful for students. These apps are specifically aimed at students with certain difficulties. To check out the latest top 10 click here.

 

Assist Ireland

Assist Ireland also have a repository of Apps for Smartphone and tablet users which are available here. There are a wide range of Apps suitable for students with disabilities here.

Please note:

ISS and the DLSS accepts no responsibility for the content/usage of the apps listed above from AHEAD or Assist Ireland. If you choose to avail of the above apps it is at your own discretion.

 

For further information on any of the above please contact the Assistive Technology Officer:

Mary McGovern

Telephone: 01 7005091

Email: Mary.McGovern@dcu.ie

Location: The AT office lies within the ISS Department and can be accessed from the Service desk in the ISS building.

For Further Information please contact by email: assistive.technology@dcu.ie or Phone (01)7005091.

 

Assessment & Training

Technology plays a fundamental part in teaching and learning here at DCU for all students.  Assistive Technology can help support students with disabilities overcome challenges like note-taking, reading and examinations.  Assistive Technology allows students with disabilities perform tasks they might otherwise be unable to do.  There are a variety of assistive technologies available to students registered with the DLSS.

In order to access AT Support, Students must register with the Disability and Learning Support Service: http://www.dcu.ie/students/disability/

After Registering with the Service, an AT Assessment will be carried out to see what Support and Equipment can be given to the Student. This will be followed up with a number of training sessions on the equipment/software provided so that the student will benefit from the use of this Technology.

 Assistive Technology (AT) Assessment & Training 

Assistive Technology (AT) Assessment & Training

After registering with the Disability and Learning Support Service (DLSS), a student will be asked to complete an AT Assessment.  This includes the completion first of a quick online forum which will be sent to you by the AT officer to complete.  It requires general information on the student but more importantly, the students AT needs for the duration their study period here in DCU.

The AT officer will then meet with the student and based on the forum previously completed provide training and support of hardware and software recommended based on the students needs.  The training will be allocated to hourly slots to coincide with lectures.

Other accommodations such as exam support and any other needs on campus will also be discussed.
Additional training will be given to any students who requests it and is subject to the students needs and will be carried out over the course of semester.

Through out the year the AT officer may also send out additional support regarding software and hardware via email.

Group Training sessions will also be provided at the beginning of each semester.  For more information on this or to see current and future training click here.

Other hardware is also available from the AT centre including GPS devices, adaptive keyboards and mice upon referral and completion of Assessment from the Disability Office. 

 Olympus DM-650 Digital Voice Recorder 

Olympus DM-650 Digital Voice Recorder

This Digital Voice Recorder is battery operated with 4GBs of memory.  It has 3 stereo microphones that can capture the highest quality of sound.  The Olympus DM-650 is perfect for lecture halls and recording your lectures for replay later.

For more information on the this piece please go to the Olympus website and check out Youtube for some tutorials on the device. 

 Smartphone/Tablet Apps and Chrome Extensions 

Smartphone/Tablet Apps and Chrome Extensions

There are many apps and extensions for Google Chrome that help students while studying at university. ISS in conjunction with SS&D and TEU has selected six of the best and linked them to DCU Student Apps account.

The Apps & Extensions include the following:

  • Grammarly: An advanced spelling and grammar check
  • Blocksite: A web blocker to beat procrastination
  • Diigo: A quick and simple web research tool
  • Simple Pomodoro: A timer to help you get working
  • Mindmup 2.0: A digital mind mapping tool
  • Quizlet: An aid to you create amazing flash cards

These Apps & Extensions are been deployed automatically to student accounts, once they have signed into Chrome with their DCU Apps username and password. Staff who wish to find out more about these apps & extensions or to install them can do manually by clicking on the links above and following the steps outlined in the video below.

AHEAD Appwatch

Every week AHEAD list their top 10 apps which they find helpful for students. These apps are specifically aimed at students with certain difficulties. To check out the latest top 10 click here.

 

Assist Ireland

Assist Ireland also have a repository of Apps for Smartphone and tablet users which are available here. There are a wide range of Apps suitable for students with disabilities here.

Please note:

ISS and the DLSS accepts no responsibility for the content/usage of the apps listed above from AHEAD or Assist Ireland. If you choose to avail of the above apps it is at your own discretion.

 

For further information on any of the above please contact the Assistive Technology Officer:

Mary McGovern

Telephone: 01 7005091

Email: Mary.McGovern@dcu.ie

Location: The AT office lies within the ISS Department and can be accessed from the Service desk in the ISS building.

For Further Information please contact by email: assistive.technology@dcu.ie or Phone (01)7005091.