The Assistive Technology Service is part of the wider Disability Services team - which includes 120 highly qualified and experienced staff with specialist knowledge and skills: 11 Learning Support Tutors each with a disability area specialism, 2 Mental Health and Wellbeing Advisors, an Assistive Technology Development Officer, a Funding and Admin Team, and a Helpdesk Coordinator who offers drop-in support to users of our supported study area on the third floor of the Hockney building. We also have Learning Assistants and Communication Support Workers who provide in-class support.
About the Assistive Technology Service
Assistive Technology (AT) enables learners to perform or improve certain functions that might otherwise prove difficult or not be possible. Our service at Bradford College includes hardware devices, technology, resources, training and a range of software and applications.
The Assistive Technology Service ensures all items are fit for purpose and provided with the appropriate training and resources where necessary. Research, trials and purchase or providing information on new equipment, software and resources enables the College to offer a service that keeps pace with the ever changing advances with regards technology within education and the assistance it can give.
The Assistive Technology Service for students aims to:
- Empower students to be independent in their studies by providing Assistive Technology
- Support the College in delivering an accessible environment supporting diversity and equality
Key areas of the service include:
Providing advice and training on Assistive Technology Software / Hardware
- Advising options with students and learning support tutors
- Supporting use of Assistive Technology during student assessments and exams
- Supporting Assistive Technology Software on campus PCs, mainly within the Disability Services Study Area
- Managing the stock and loan of the Assistive Technology Equipment to students via support tutor requests
Loan equipment and support
We offer a wide variety of Assistive Technology, available for long and short term loan, to support students with additional support needs. Loans are agreed between the student and the relevant Support Tutor or Well-Being advisor. Loans can range from Laptops with specialist software, Dictaphones, magnification, Braille devices, ergonomic aids, reading pens and tablet devices or just some guidance or training on a certain application.
Software available (College-wide)
Across college, specialist software is installed for use by students and staff. Text Help (Read Write) and Mind view are available on any college computer. We are constantly evaluating our software used and its effectiveness across college.
Disability Services – Study area / additional AT software
There is a dedicated study area and helpdesk on the third floor of the David Hockney Building, where supported students can make use of the facilities on offer. These include Apple Devices and Windows Workstations featuring core and specialist software (Jaws, Text Help, Mind View, Dragon, Inspiration, Zoom Text, and Quick Scan) and an evolving range of open source applications.
Once you are registered as a student with Disability Services and Learning Support, you will be able to discuss options with regards Assistive Technologies including loaned equipment, support or training. For general information on the service contact 01274 088382.