Assistive Tech

DTS 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):

Please note: DTS needs a week's notice to provide an appointment. 

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.

  • Dragon is available in LRB.R.100 and LRB.R.101

Screen Reader and Magnification

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.

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

  • JAWS and ZoomText are both available in LRB.R.121A

Hardware

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

CCTV 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.