What is the Assistive Technology ?
Assistive Technology (AT), provides helpful information and support about how you can make use of technology and adapt it to your study needs. Assistive Technology is defined as "any use of technology that helps you perform a task more easily".
Assistive Technology is a broad field, ranging from the use of very simple technology - for example, your mobile phone or e-mail - to very complex technology, such as use of voice recognition software or technology that will read aloud information from your computer screen.
Types of Assistive Technology available in Trinity
Below is a list of Assistive Technologies available to Trinity students:
- Academic support - Text to Speech technologies
- Notetaking Technologies
- Touch Typing Support
- Voice Recognition software
- Problem solving / idea generating -mind-mapping tools
- Visual Impairment technologies
- Deaf / Hard of Hearing Technologies
- Ergonomic support - Posture and support
How can I get help with Assistive Technology in Trinity?
Group Assistive Technology Sessions
Throughout the course of the academic year, the Disability Service will host a range of group sessions on a range of commonly used Assistive Technology topics. These sessions are open to all students registered with the Disability Service.
- Notetaking Supports - Talking notes at third level is very different from taking notes at second level because, unlike secondary school teachers who rely mostly on textbook teaching, university professors tend to "freestyle" a lot of their information, especially during lectures. For students with a difficulty with notetaking strategies, and keeping up with the hectic pace of notetaking within lectures, there are a range of technology supports that aim to alleviate and reduce the need for extensive written notes. In this group session, the Assitive Technology officer will introduce an wide range of tools (for both PC and Mac), and apps for mobile technology that can be easily adapted to make this task easier to complete. For more information of notetaking technologies, please click on this link to view our support page.
- Academic Support Tools - Academic Support Tools enable students to use technology as a primary support tool for the completion of academic work. The Academic Support Tools group session will introduce a wide range of tools that are available to download. For more information on the tools available click on this link.
To attend any of these sessions a student can reserve a place by clicking on the desired event on our calendar. To view the calendar click on this link.
Meeting with the Assistive Technology Officer
If you feel you have specific requirements in your use of Assistive Technology you can ask your Disability Officer to make appointment with our Assistive Technology officer, Andrew Costello, to ensure that the technology matches your study needs and environment.
For more information about the assessment process, and how to make an appointment please click on this link.