Inclusive and Assistive Technology
Inclusive Technology at Imperial College
Inclusive Technology increases learning efficiency for all. It encompasses assistive technology and rehabilitative software for disabled students and students with Specific Learning Difficulties (dyslexia /SpLD). Good accessible technology provision has universal benefits. For example 'text to speech' software, can help with proof reading, reading speed and comprehension. Organisation and time management software can help keep on top of multiple work flows and distractibility.
Inclusive Technology is being used on a wider cross college basis in the form of lecture capture (Panopto). Having a recording of lectures, along with accessible digital notes, enables all students to control the flow of information and to revisit materials at a pace that matches their learning style.
These universal benefits are also particulalrly helpful to students who find note taking challenging (students with dyslexia/ SpLD); who find large groups overwhelming (students with autistic spectrum conditions); who find lectures hard to get to (students with chronic health conditions) or who have some language fluency issues (speakers of other lanaguages).;
Imperial college has sixteen pieces of inclusive software installed on the software hub. For access to the hub, and for more information on group training sessions, please visit the inclusive technology homepage.
In addition, open-source software (OSS) is free software that is available in source code form: the source code and certain other rights normally reserved for copyright holders are provided under an open-source license that permits users to change, improve and at times distribute the software. Open source software is very often developed in a public, collaborative manner.
For further details and download information visit the website of Diversity and Ability (DnA).
The Assistive Technology Room (Ground floor - South Kensington Library)
The room provides an assitive technology resource at the South Kensington campus. The login is restricted to students who have registered with the Disability Advisory Service. There is a booking system for PCs, which is administered by Library staff on the front desk.
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Funding for AT
Students who are eligible can apply for Disabled Student’s Allowances. This is funding that is non-means tested and is not a loan. As well as providing funding for staff to work with students in specialist tutorials, there is an allocation for AT. An assessment of need is carried out and an individually tailored package of hardware and software is provided. Training is also provided to ensure that students can achieve maximum efficiency in its use.
NB: Not all higher education students are eligible for these allowances. For further details visit our Disabled Students Allowance page.