Assistive Tech

IMT is committed to providing inclusive technology.

Assistive technologies are devices or software which makes information (whether online or on paper) more accessible for individuals with disabilities. 

Through a face to face consultation, we try to find bespoke solutions for your individual needs.

Examples of assistive technologies include:

  • text-to-speech screen readers
  • voice recognition software
  • screen magnification software
  • alternative keyboards, mice or head pointing devices 

For detailed information about our service, please see the topics below:

 

Book a consultation / general enquiries 

To book a consultation or for general accessibility enquiries, please email Sebastiaan Eldritch-Böersen (Support Specialist, Assistive Technology):

Students should contact us as early as possible to discuss disability-related requirements.

Appointments are usually schedule within a week from the request. 

Computer rooms

There are three dedicated PC rooms on campus for disabled students. Each has at least one electric height adjustable desk, fully adjustable monitor stands with flat TFT screens, and is equipped with adaptive technologies.

LRB.R.121A - Library First Floor

Quiet study room with two PCs with height-adjustable desks, with the following specialist equipment:

  • ZoomText magnification software
  • JAWS screen-reading software
  • Braille Embosser 
  • Duxbury Braille translation software
  • Acrobat Professional
  • ABBYY FineReader Professional OCR software
  • Kurzweil 1000 and access to Kurzweil 3000 reading and writing software
  • Network printer
  • Plustek OpticBook scanner
  • Vocatex ReadAloud CCTV Magnifier

LRB.R.100 and LRB.R.101 - Library First Floor

Quiet study room with three PCs with height-adjustable desks, with the following specialist software:

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking voice recognition software
  • ClaroRead Pro
  • MindView Mind Mapping and Time Management software
  • ABBYY FineReader Professional
  • Acrobat Professional
  • Kurzweil 1000 and access to Kurzweil 3000 reading and writing software
  • Plustek OpticBook scanner
  • Document feeder scanner
  • Network printer
  • Scan Tailor Post Processing Software

TW1.G.04 - Tower 1 Ground Floor

A quiet study room, equipped with 4 PCs with height-adjustable desks, with the standard LSE desktop, 1 network printer and the following specialist software:

  • Kurzweil 1000 and access to Kurzweil 3000 reading and writing software
  • Document feeder scanner
  • ABBYY FineReader Professional
  • ClaroRead Pro
  • Acrobat Professional
  • MindView Mind Mapping and Time Management software

Other campus facilities

Restricted Access PCs

A number of open access standard desktop PCs and printers on campus have restricted access for  disabled students.  These facilities are indicated by notices on the desks:

  • Library Lower Ground Floor: 8 PCs with access to subsidised printing
  • Library First Floor: 6 PCs with access to ClaroRead Pro, Acrobat Professional and ABBYY FineReader OCR Software

Adjustable Desks and Monitor Stands

At least one electric height adjustable desk and fully-adjustable monitor stands with flat TFT screens can also be found in:

  • New Academic Building: NAB.1.08 and NAB.2.07
  • St. Clements Building: STC.S.018
  • Clement House: CLM.B.04
  • Old Building: OLD.B.25

Software

Please see below a list of software available on campus: 

Speech Recognition: Dragon Naturally Speaking

Using Dragon Naturally Speaking you can dictate and have your speech transcribed into written text, have a written document converted into an audio stream and use Dragon to create voice commands that activate any specified computer functions. Headphones and microphone sets are provided by LSE.

Screen Reader: JAWS

JAWS is a computer screen reader program that reads aloud all functions, commands and screen text to blind and visually impaired users to assist the user with navigation and functioning of the computer.

Reading Support: Kurzweil

Kurzweil 3000 is a tiered assistive reading, writing and learning medium aimed at students with learning disabilities or other disabilities that make reading or writing difficult.

Mind Mapping: Inspiration

Mind mapping allows the user to brainstorm their ideas in order to elaborate supporting details for key topic areas. Diagram view allows you to organise information and clarify thinking and this graphical organiser can be used to plan a project or event. Outline view can be used to create linear organisation when writing reports.

Screen Reader and Magnification: ZoomText

ZoomText enlarges and enhances everything on your computer screen, making all of your applications easy to see and use.

Hardware

We currently have the following hardware available for use in the Library, LRB.R.121A:

Braille Embosser

A braille embosser uses impact printing to print out text as Braille and emboss the paper appropriately.

Text Magnifier

Using the read aloud text magnifier, you can enlarge the text within a printed document or book to a suitable size for reading.

The Disability & Wellbeing Service 

The Disability and Wellbeing Service can provide further information about support available for disabled staff and students.