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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.

To book a study space in the ATIC area of the Library

A lot has changed in the Library since the lockdown in March 2020. This guide offers a useful overview of the key changes on the ground, and some advice for new and returning students on how to plan ahead and get the most from your visits to the Library.

The safety of all users and staff is paramount, so please take a few minutes to review the new measures we have put in place, which include mandatory face coverings, two metre social distancing, and the introduction of a booking system which all users will need to use to gain access to Library reading rooms.

To book a study space in the ATICspace please click on this link

For more on regulations in the Library areas please click on this link


Types of Assistive Technology available in Trinity

Below is a list of Assistive Technologies available to Trinity students:

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 who have applied for reasonable accommodation with the Disability Service.

  • Note taking 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 note taking strategies, and keeping up with the hectic pace of note taking 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 Assistive 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 note taking 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 academic supports tools available 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.