How to get support with Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

Meeting with the Assistive Technology Officer 1:1



If you feel you have specific requirements in your use of Assistive Technology you can ask your Disability Officer to make an appointment with our Assistive Technology officer, Andrew Costello, to ensure that the technology matches your study needs and environment. This meeting can take place face-to-face or online as requested.


Student Assessment Process - Matching Student & Technology (MST)

The Matching Student & Technology (MST), assessment process assessment ensures that any technology you wish to use meets your study needs. It also ensures that you have the necessary IT skills to use the technology and maps out any further training or support needed.


The MST Assessment Aims:

  • To provide feedback about what a student thinks and feels towards technology and their learning needs,
  • To give students the opportunity to select and use the resources that best suit their individual needs,
  • To consider how assistive technology can be used when transitioning to employment.


Three-step MST Assessment:

  1. Initial use of technology - First complete the online assessment giving details about past technology use. This will take approximately 5 minutes to complete and is done prior to meeting with the AT officer.
  2. Matching Student & Technology Assessment - Once you have completed the online assessment you will meet 1:1 with the AT officer. This meeting will last 30-45 minutes and will examine the student's educational activities in order to determine how Assistive Technology can be incorporated.
  3. Feedback - At the end of the year, students are asked to complete a feedback survey online. This will take approximately 10 minutes to complete and will ask the student about their experiences using Assistive Technology. The student will also meet 1:1 with the AT officer to discuss the use of assistive technology during the year and how it improved.

To book a time to meet with the AT officer please use the below link -


Assistive Technology Masterclass Sessions


Using the Immersive reader in Microsoft office 365 to have text read aloud to me


 Using Text Read and Write to support me with me Reading and writing


Using Glean to support you with your Notetaking


Using Microsoft Dictate and Editor within Microsoft Word


Using Caption.ed to create automatic captioning


Using Texthelp read and write via the Google extension


Using Mindmaps for revision


Using Flashcards asa study tool


Getting Exam ready with your technology