Assistive Technology (AT) is any device, system or design that provides people with practical solutions to enhance learning, working, and daily living for people with disabilities and/or chronic health conditions.
What is the benefit of AT?
In university contexts, AT can lessen or remove barriers experienced by staff and students in or out of the classroom, office, laboratories, or during exams. AT can help improve a whole range of difficult situations from access to materials, to research or study skills, to creation and presentation of content, right through to hearing and visual augmentation. You don't need to have a disability to benefit from the use of Assistive Technologies.
Who can use AT?
Everyone. Both staff and students.
Here at Western we believe in providing an inclusive learning and working environment. We strive to empower all staff and students to reach their potential, whether they have a disability or not. That is why we make various assistive technologies widely available across all our campus computers, with specialised devices and programs available, as required, in our Access Rooms or assigned to staff with workplace adjustment plans. Some AT is also available for installation on a staff or student's personal device.