Small items of equipment can be borrowed from the Disability Resources Team by students not eligible for a DSA
If you are DSA eligible the University will only provide study support that cannot be provided by a DSA.
The digital voice recorder creates audio files of recorded sounds and speech. It has the following main functions.
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This recorder is mainly useful for students who find it difficult to make written notes in teaching situations, such as tutorials or lectures at residential schools, due to impaired manual dexterity, difficulty with hearing, a visual impairment or dyslexia.
Please note: there are various types of digital voice recorder in stock, which may differ from the product shown in the picture.
caption: A DAISY player plays digital talking books on CDs end of caption
This is specifically designed to play the DAISY Digital Talking Books.
Note that DAISY books on CD can also be played on a PC, Mac, PDA, MP3 player or mobile phone.
This portable magnifier is used for reading text on a flat surface such as a table. It comes with an AC adapter and a rechargeable battery pack and has the following basic functions.
caption: Portable magnifier for reading text on a flat surface end of caption
This magnifier is useful for students who need text to be enlarged or to have a different contrast to read it. It would be useful in situations where materials such as handouts may be created and distributed without a chance for large-print versions to be made in advance, for example at tutorials and residential schools.
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The loan package consists of the tutor version of the TI-83 calculator ( the TI-83/VSC) which connects to a projection panel. A magnified image of the calculator screen is displayed onto the projection panel. The calculator can also be used in conjunction with an overhead projector (OHP), but these are not available on loan.
The larger image is of benefit to students with a visual impairment who find it difficult to see the small display on the TI-83 calculator screen.
This consists of the tutor version of the TI-83 calculator (i.e. the TI-83/VSC) and the TI presenter.
The TI presenter is a device that reproduces a magnified image of the calculator screen onto a television screen or PC monitor via a small black box connected to the calculator. A drawback is that the pixels on the calculator screen are greatly magnified so that the text has a very block-like effect.
This equipment is useful for students with a visual impairment who find it difficult to see the small display on the TI-83 calculator screen.
caption: Talking scientific calculator end of caption
Talking scientific calculators are also available with a large screen display for students with some vision, or where a tutor or assistant needs to see the calculations and answers.
Talking scientific calculators are designed for visually impaired people who have difficulty using a conventional calculator.
A radio aid is a personalised induction loop system that works in conjunction with a hearing aid to amplify sound for the user. The loop system has three main components: a small microphone and transmitter, a receiver, and an inductive neck loop. The microphone and transmitter pick up sound from a particular source (e.g. a lecturer, or groups of people within a room) and transmit it as radio signals to the receiver, which converts it back to amplified sound via the neck loop. Both receiver and neck loop are worn by the user and the user's hearing aid must be switched to the ‘T’ setting.
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Single or multi-directional microphones are available. Multi-directional microphones pick up sounds from all directions in the room and so are better for listening to groups of people, for example in a meeting.
These radio aids are useful for students who have a hearing aid and who need to communicate with their tutor or fellow students face to face, such as at tutorials or residential schools.
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A text telephone is used for sending and receiving messages that are typed and transmitted as text. It consists of a keyboard and display which are connected to the telephone network.
The student’s tutor (if they have one) is also sent a textphone so that text communication can take place directly without having to go via Typetalk (a communication relay service provided by British Telecom).Text phones are used by students who have difficulty using a standard telephone but require regular communication with their tutor — for example students who are deaf or hard of hearing, or have severely impaired speech.
Find out about the Disabled Students' Allowance and take the eligibility quiz to see if you could receive financial support. - you could use it to pay for specialist equipment to support you in your studies.