What is an Assistive Technology Trainer?

An assistive technology trainer is a certified or qualified professional who can teach you how to use your assistive technology in relation to your studies.

How can they support you?

They will provide you with the appropriate training to ensure you know how to use the equipment, technology or software which has been provided to you through your Disabled Students’ Allowance (DSA) support package. The type and amount of training you receive will depend on what has been approved by DSA.

The trainer should be considerate of your current level and experience of the technology/software, general IT experience and tailor the pace and content of the sessions. They can incorporate study skills and course requirements to the training.

Some examples of the assistive technology you could receive training for include:

  • Magnification and screen reading software.
  • Dictation/Speech to text software.
  • Video magnifiers (portable/desktop versions).
  • Imaging cameras/devices for scanning and reformatting printed material.
  • Electronic braille devices such as notetakers, and refreshable braille displays.
  • Notetaking software.

Find out more about the different types of assistive technology available by checking out our Accessible technology for students webinar.

We also have a range of informative guides to how technology can enable you to thrive in your education on our Technology in Education pages, including how you can use the built-in accessibility features on your computer and mobile devices. Check them out!

Assistive Technology Trainers are usually funded through your DSA support package.

Training can be structured to suit you; sessions of one, two or three hour blocks. The sessions can be provided remotely or in-person, wherever you feel comfortable, in a place of study, at home or on campus.

Any equipment and assistive technology/software provided to you via DSA should be accompanied by appropriate training from a professional trainer.

When it comes to accessing learning, assistive technology can be a game-changer. Knowing how to use your tech effectively can make all the difference., so, it is vital you receive the appropriate training and learn as much as you can!

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