Welcome to the University of Limerick Disability Support Services website. The Disability Support Services team are here to guide and support you through your academic journey. We have a wide range of supports to ensure you are given every opportunity to succeed with your studies. Our main focus is you the student. We hope to support you in developing the skills to become an independent competent learner. Disability Support Services supports students registered on undergraduate and post graduate programmes of study.
The team wish you well with your academic journey.
Brenda S. Kennedy
Head of Disability Services
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
The C-Pen Exam Reader pen scanner is an electronic pen the uses text to speech to read aloud printed text. The C-Pen Exam Reader is an orange portable, pocket-sized device that reads text out aloud with an English human-like digital voice used instead of a human reader.
This device means students who have reading difficulties such as dyslexia can independently take exams knowing that they can read and understand the questions. Students using the pen bring their own in-ear headphones to use with the reading pen via 3.5mm headphone socket. All students are given the opportunity to train on the reading pen prior to exams.
The reading pens have been used in UL for the last four years by first years through to postgraduate students. The reading pen is also available as a reasonable accommodation in the Leaving Cert resulting in more and more students entering college and university already trained on how to use the reading pen in exams.
Below is a very short video on the exam reader pen.