Assistive Technology

Assistive software and equipment can help you access your study materials and environment. You can access assistive technology such as equipment aids and software to use for your studies.

Technology you can use

You can borrow assistive software and equipment for free once you've registered with Accessibility and Inclusion Support. A discussion about your assistive technology needs forms part of your Study Access Plan.

These are some of the equipment aids you may be able to borrow:

  • ergonomic chairs (campus use)
  • recorder pens
  • slope boards
  • computer access aids i.e. keyboard, headsticks, joy sticks etc.
  • FM systems
  • specialised course related equipment i.e. tactile tape measure, talking blood pressure monitor etc.

You can borrow or get free trials for assistive software, including:

  • text to speech
  • voice recognition
  • Scanner and Optical Character Recognition (OCR)
  • literacy tools.

These software applications can be installed on your personal computer or laptop for use off campus.

There are assistive technology rooms in the Learning Commons at Albury-Wodonga, Bathurst and Wagga Wagga campuses. These spaces are available for you to use, even if you just need a quiet space to work. There are also designated assistive technology computers for students with disability at Dubbo, Orange and Port Macquarie.

Assistive Technology facilities are available at other Charles Sturt campuses. Email the Accessibility and Inclusion support team for more information.

Work placements often form a compulsory part of your studies and allow you to put your growing theoretical skills into practice.

If you need any speciality software or equipment aids to undertake your placements, your Accessibility and Inclusion Support Advisor can help.

Planning for adjustments in the workplace can take time as they also involve your workplace employer. Make sure you allow ample time to arrange these adjustments.