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Assistive Technology (AT)

Image of Assistive Technologies available in W I T such as Ginger, Live Scribe Pen, Read and Write, Onyx HD, Dragon naturally speaking and Jaws

Assistive Technology (AT) is technology that can assist or help you with your academic work. Assistive Technology is defined as "any use of technology that helps you perform a task more easily". AT can help you read better, write better, take better notes, study better and participate better in class.

AT is a broad field, ranging from the use of every day technology - for example, your mobile phone or your laptop - to complex technology, such as Dragon (voice recognition software ) or JAWS (screen reading software).

In order to avail of Assistive Technology in WIT, the student must register with the Disability Office and attend a 'Needs Assessment' meeting. Registering with the Disability Office is explained here. The student must provide evidence of their disability. Evidence of Disability accepted in WIT is explained here.  The student must read and sign the 'Code of Practice of the Disability Office' before supports can be issued. The Assistive Technologist will invite all students that have been assigned AT to training sessions.  Students registered with the Disability Office that have been assigned AT can contact the Assistive Technologist, Janet O'Neill on 051-845516 or [email protected] and arrange further training sessions or revision of training sessions at any time.

 

 

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Read & Write software makes reading documents more accessible. It is great for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties, or anyone whose first language is not English. From reading on-screen text aloud to researching and checking written work, Read & Write makes lots of everyday tasks easier. It is a big confidence booster for anyone who needs a little extra help with their reading and writing, at school or in the workplace.

 

 

Ginger

Ginger Software is great for people with dyslexia and other learning difficulties. Thanks to the electronic reader, the online grammar checker, punctuation, spell checker and rephraser tools which can automatically detect and correct misused words and grammar mistakes.  Ginger is available to all students and can be downloaded for free from http://www.gingersoftware.com/ however this free version has limited functionality.  Students that have been recommended 'Ginger' at their Needs Assessment will have access to the Ginger Premium Edition, where they can enjoy unlimited functionality of the software. The Assistive Technologist will set the student up with Ginger Premium Edition of the software.

 

 

LiveScribe Pen

The Echo Livescribe allows students to  capture words, diagrams, scribbles, symbols and audio - syncing audio recordings to the written notes in the special dot paper. Students may have difficulty writing notes and listening to the lecturer at the same time. The Livescribe Echo smart pen can record everything the student hears and writes so that they never miss a word. 

Only students registered with the disability office and approved to use the pen will have permission to use the device. The Assistive Technologist will invite the students to group training sessions. Pen training involves signing of the Code of Practice of the Disability Office, understanding The Recording Policy and signing The lecture recording agreement .

PDF icon Livescribe Pen User guide

PDF icon The Code of Practice of the Disability Office

PDF icon Lecture recording Agreement

pdf icon The Recording Policy

 

 

 

Dragon

Dragon NaturallySpeaking 13 speech recognition software lets you accomplish more on your computer — quickly and accurately — using your voice. Dragon Premium turns spoken words into text and executes voice commands much faster than you can type so you can realise your productivity potential at work, school or home.

OptiVerso

Opti Verso 2 is a portable video magnifier with distance viewing capabilities. The Opti Verso 2 device will help students who require distance and close-up viewing. The flexible camera flips up to look at presentations and flips back again for close up reading and writing. This lightweight video magnification aid is a great solution for students that need to move to different rooms in the college.

 

                         OptiVerso

Onyx Portable HD

The ONYX Portable HD is a lightweight, portable video magnifier for reading, writing, and viewing magnified images at any distance at home, in school, or at the office. The 3-in-1 flexible camera provides document reading, distance viewing, and self-viewing modes. Auto-focus makes items clear, whether under the camera or in the distance. This lightweight HD video magnification aid is a great solution for students that need to move to different rooms in the college.

 

                           OnyxHD

JAWS

 

JAWS, Job Access With Speech, is the world's most popular screen reader, developed for computer users whose vision loss prevents them from seeing screen content or navigating with a mouse. JAWS provides speech and Braille output for the most popular computer applications.

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Comfort Contego

For some students in College, a hearing aid is just not enough. They can miss out on what the lecturer is saying or what their class mates are saying. The Comfort Contego wireless Audio device can help a student with a hearing loss join in all situations involving lecturers and students.

Comfort Contego ImageComfort Contego in the classroom

 

        

 

            

 

 

 

Roger Touchscreen

 

This exciting and easy to use wireless teacher microphone is the core component of the Roger Touchscreen for Education portfolio and gives students and teachers alike the opportunity to master various modern classroom activities with ease

Roger Mic Touch Screen Image in ClassroomRoger touchscreen with neck loop image

 

Please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list of the Assistive Technology available in WIT but it gives you an indication of the range of devices and software already available to our students.

Exam accommodations (supports) are arranged when the student registers with the Disability Office. It is important to register with the Disability Office as soon as possible.

Please note that the closing dates for registering for exam accommodations in Semester 1 is the 1st of November and if you are registering for exam accommodations in Semester 2 the closing date is the 1st of April.  The exam accommodations will remain the same for every year of your studies unless you decide you no longer want to avail of your exam supports; in this case you must inform the Disability Office that you no longer require exam supports.

If exam accommodations have been granted and they are not needed it is very important to let the Disability Office know on [email protected]

Examples of exam accommodations (supports) in WIT are:

  • Electronic Readers
  • Typing 
  • Waiver on spelling and grammar
  • Extra Time (10 minutes per hour)
  • Large font
  • Different colour paper
  • Scribes/Readers/Invigilators in separate centers
  • Rest breaks

 

Please note that this is by no means an exhaustive list of the exam accommodations available in WIT but it gives an indication of the range of supports that are available to students registered with the Disability Office. The exam accommodations are granted to the student based on their individual need. Training on Electronic Readers and using a computer to type is provided by the Assistive Technologist. Training must be completed before the student can avail of these supports.

 

PDF Document DAWN Exam accommodations  Policy, Guidelines and Procedures for the Granting of Reasonable Accommodations in Examinations to Students with Disabilities

Guidelines for Students using an Electronic Reader

Students registered with the Disability Office and approved for the use of an Electronic Reader for their end of semester exams and autumn repeat exams are given access to the reader/play features of Read & Write Software in a shared computer lab (IT221/IT220). Students are provided with headphones and can listen and electronically read their exam questions.

The online exam timetable may show that you are allocated a seat number in a venue other than an IT lab in the Walton building.  This should be ignored. Electronic Readers are only set up in the Walton Building on the main campus in the shared lab / exam venue (IT221/IT220). If you are approved for the use of an electronic reader by the disability office you will always sit your exams in the Walton Building.

Rules and Regulations for using an Electronic Reader:

Students must attend any information session(s) and receive training in the use of an electronic reader (ER) before use in an exam situation.

Students are only permitted to use the electronic reader feature of Read & Write using headphones provided.

At the start of the exam the Assistive Technologist will log onto all computers.

The computers in the exam venue are restricted. Access to the Internet or G drive is blocked.

Your exam paper will be brought to the exam venue by an exam invigilator and will contain:  

       A hard copy of the exam paper

       A USB key with a soft copy of the exam paper in Word format

Students are only permitted to access Read & Write and the MS Word version of the exam paper and are not permitted to use any other programs on the computer during the exam.

An exam image has been set up where MS Word proofing tools are inaccessible, for example, spell check and thesaurus.

Students may use the Electronic Reader to re-read the questions as many times as necessary.

Students only use the computer to electronically read their exam paper.

All answers must be handwritten. Stickers showing waivers on spelling and grammar are to be attached to answer booklets.

Keyboards will not be accessible to students and will be physically placed out of reach by the Assistive Technologist or Invigilator.

If a student has a technical difficulty during the exam, they should alert the Invigilator immediately and the Assistive Technologist or Computer Service technician will be contacted as appropriate.

The Assistive Technologist is also available at the beginning of each exam session to assist the student in opening the electronic reader and also in opening the soft copy of the exam paper from the USB key.

Students will be allowed an extra 10 minutes per hour in each exam. In order to avail of extra time students should be in possession of an Exam Extra time card for the current academic year.

Students are bound by WIT Examination Regulations.

 

The Walton Building is situated on the main campus, it is also known as the IT Building.

Image of Walton Building

Guidelines for students using a computer to type their exam answers.

Students registered with the Disability Office and approved for the use of a computer to type exams (in a small group) for end of semester exams (and any repeat exams) use the exam venue IT221/IT220, situated on the second floor of The Walton Building on the main campus. If the online Exam Timetable shows a venue other than the Walton building, (such as the Main Hall or Chapel in College Street etc.,) the student must ignore this and go to the Walton building. Computers are only set up in The Walton Building IT221/ IT220.

Where a student is using a computer to type and is also granted the use of a separate centre (i.e. in a room on their own), the student will be contacted by letter by their school office notifying them of their allocated exam room. Any queries regarding this should be directed to the student’s school office.

Rules and Regulations for using a computer to type:

At the start of the exam the PCs will be logged on.

The Assistive Technologist is responsible for logging onto the PCs. 

Word will be open.

The computers in the exam venue are restricted so that students do not have access to the Internet or the G:\drive.

Students are only permitted to use MS Word and are not permitted to use any other programs on the computer during the exam. In addition, MS Word proofing tools are inaccessible to students typing exams as the use of spell check etc. is not permitted.

Students use the computer to type their exam answers. Students can decide to alternate between writing and typing.

The student’s exam envelope will contain:

        A hard copy of the exam paper

        A USB key to save a backup copy of the answer file.

 Please click here to see guidelines for saving and printing exam answers.

Students that are approved for a waiver on spelling and grammar must attach their stickers to their answer booklet. Typed answers are to be placed into the answer booklet. Students must also type their name, student number, course and date on any printed pages.

The printer is set up in IT221. All exam computers have access to the printer. After printing the exam answers the student must sign the paperwork entitled “Printing of typed examination answers” in the company of the Invigilator.  

If a student has a technical difficulty during the exam, they should alert the Invigilator immediately and the Assistive Technologist or Computer Services Technician will be contacted as appropriate.

The Assistive Technologist will be available at the beginning and end of each exam session to assist the student and can be called at any time during the exam.

Students that have 'Extra Time' (10 minutes per hour) must bring their 'Extra Time' card to every exam.

Students are bound by WIT Examination Regulations.

 

The Walton Building is situated on the main campus, it is also known as the IT Building.

Walton Building Image