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Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology is defined as any item that is used to increase, maintain, or improve functional capabilities of individuals with disabilities. Assistive technology is any sort of aid, including computers, switches, calculators, spelling devices, communication devices and voice synthesizers, which is used to help an individual perform some task of daily living.

Assistive technology devices are mechanical aids, which substitute for or enhance the function of some physical or mental ability that is impaired. Assistive technology is also an accommodation or adaptation used to enhance the ability for a student to function more independently. Such adaptations include the positioning of the student, the accessibility of the technology, and specialized equipment.

Assistive Technology Facilities in the University Of Limerick.

  • Assistive Technology Lab
  • Braille Printing
  • Computer Access & Support
  • Print Allocation (Only Available to student registered with the Disability Services)
  • Specialised Software Support and Training - JAWS, ZoomText, Dragon, TextHelp, etc.
  • Training in Assistive Technology and General IT Training
  • Assitive Loaning Service

Software Guidelines

  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • JAWS
  • Read & Write Gold
  • Inspiration
  • ZoomText
  • ClaroRead Pro
  • Typing Programmes
  • Mind Genius

Web Accessibility Guidelines

The Assistive Technology Lab in located on the ground floor of the Glucksman Library and Information Services Building. Enter the foyer of the library take a left past the stairs; continue straight through the double doors to the Disability Services Office. Alternatively ring on 061 213373.