What is Assistive Technology (AT)?
Assistive Technology (AT) is a term used to describe any hardware, software or system of technical components and processes that enhance the capacity for all students to engage more effectively with the curriculum and their learning environment.
At the Australian National University (ANU), we recognise the potential of AT to support access to learning, engagement and achievement for a range of students with diverse learning needs.
AT supports students with diverse learning needs within an inclusive learning environment by:
- delivering information to students in a way that is more appropriate to their needs,
- provide a more appropriate and accessible way for students to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the curriculum
The Access and Inclusion (A&I) office has a range of AT that may enhance your ability to study or work effectively and independently, remove barriers, or help to prevent injuries. Students can access additional, specialised AT with an Educational Access Plan.
Options may include:
- alternative access for students who have limitations in physical strength, movement and coordination (for example portable adjustment standing desk, switches, supportive seating)
- alternative keyboard for students who find a conventional keyboard challenging (for example keyboard with larger or smaller keys, wireless keyboard, onscreen keyboard, ergonomic keyboard)
- alternative mouse for students who have difficulty using a regular mouse (for example trackball, joystick, smaller mouse, ergonomic mouse)
- literacy and learning support software for students where written information is a barrier to their learning and engagement (for example text to speech, speech-to-text, word prediction)
- visual support for students with low vision (for example software that magnifies text or screen reader).
- hearing support for students with hearing impairment (for example software captioning, transcription for video or audio files)
To understand more, please visit Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) or book in to speak with A&I's AT Officer about how AT can help you.
Eligibility for assistive technology support is assessed by the documentation provided by your Doctor or Health Professional and in consultation with your DisAbility and Equity Advisor (DEA) to develop a personalised Education Access Plan (EAP).