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We have a number of work opportunities in the Disability Service for post grad students. Educational Support Workers are paid. Post grads have found this to be an excellent source of topping up their funds.

If you think you would like to investigate this opportunity please fill out the attached form (131KB DOC) and return to michelle.hartnett@ul.ie electronically or hand deliver to the DSS office in the Library building.

Guidelines for Educational Support Workers can be found here

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.