Assistive Technology

Technology plays a fundamental part in teaching and learning here at DCU for all students.  

Assistive Technology (AT) allows individuals with disabilities to perform tasks they might otherwise be unable to complete and to overcome challenges like reading, writing and examinations.

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology is any item that enhances an individual’s independence. This can include:

  • Text-to-Speech Software 
  • Dictation Software
  • Recording Software/ Digital Dictaphones
  • Screen Reading/Magnification Software
  • Adaptive Keyboards and mice
  • Loop Systems

 Accessing Assistive Technology in DCU

In order to access AssistiveTechnology Supports, Students must be registered with the Disability and Learning Support Service.

Students may then be referred by the Disability and Learning Support Service to the Assistive Technology Officer for assessment and training.

The Disability and Learning Support Service utilise a range of Assistive Technology to facilitate and encourage independent learning.

Assistive Technology in DCU

The DLSS offer a wide range of AT to DCU students.  Below are some examples of software the DLSS provide and utilise that all DCU students and staff can access and may find helpful.  There are also resources and links to learn more about the software and how to use it.

Assistive Technology Assessment and Training

After registering with the Disability and Learning Support Service (DLSS), students referred for AT will be contacted by the Assistive Technology Officer.  Students will be asked to complete a quick online Assessment. It requires general information on the student but more importantly, the students AT needs for the duration of their study period here in DCU.

The AT officer will then meet with the student to discuss their AT assessment and referral from the Disability Officer and then the technology and training will be provided.

Other accommodations such as exam support and any other needs on campus may also be discussed.

Additional training will be given to any students who requires or requests it and is subject to the student's needs and will be carried out over the course of the semester.

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

Contact Information
Assistive Technology Officer Trevor Boland
Phone Number ​087 3612825
Email ​
Location Room CG28 Henry Grattan Building

For Further Information please contact by email: ​ or Phone ​087 3612825

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