Assistive Technology | Disability & Learning Support Service

What is Assistive Technology (AT) ?

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

  • Text-to-Speech Software (e.g ClaroRead)
  • Voice Recognition Software (e.g. Dragon Naturally Speaking)
  • Screen Magnification Software
  • Loop Systems
  • Digital Dictaphones
  • Adaptive Keyboards and Mice

How can students access assistive technologies in DCU?

Firstly a student must register with the DLSS and they then can be referred to the Assistive technology Officer.

The AT Officer is based in the Information Systems & Services department (ISS) and will meet with the student to carry out an Assistive Technology needs assessment.

How will I know which AT is best for me?

During the AT Assessment  the AT officer and the student will explore which hardware or software would be most beneficial for the student while in DCU.

Training will be proivided in the use of the technology and indiviually tailored to meet the needs of the student.

The terms & conditions

Students will be required to sign a borrowing contract for the use of Laptops during their period of study at DCU.  This contract contains information on maintenance, protection of equipment and the legality of using this equipment.


For further information please go to the Assistive Technology page on the ISS website


 Third Level Access is co-funded by the Department of Education and Skills and the European Social Fund as part of the ESF Programme for Employability, Inclusion and Learning 2014-2020”.

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