St Helena Resource Centre - Students with disabilities - University of Derby

St Helena Resource Centre

Is there easy access to the Library?

The Resource Centre in St Helena is on the 1st floor which is accessible via the lift from Reception.

Are there any accessible toilet facilities?

There are accessible toilets in Reception and on each floor

What computers and assistive software are available?

The computers which are located in Reception have the following:

All student computers have Windows 10 installed which has inbuilt assistive features.

All computers have Apps Anywhere with the following programs:-

  • TextHelp Read & Write software - reads aloud pages of text (web pages, word documents, PDF files). Useful for people who find it difficult to read large quantities of text online, The 'Speak as I Type' function is useful as a proof-reading tool when typing in Word.
  • MindGenius - mind-mapping software that helps you capture, visualise and manage your ideas and information. It's useful for organising your ideas, planning, essay preparation and revising. It suits learners with a visual learning style.  
  • Inspiration - mind-mapping software to suit learners with a visual learning style.

All student computers come with QuickScan which can be used to assess learning styles. Student Wellbeing Service (SWS) may refer students to complete a Specific Learning Difficulty (SpLD) assessment using this software. Further advice is available from SWS.

Also available on specified computers:-

  • Jaws - screen reading software
  • Zoomtext - magnifier / reader

Please ask a member of staff if you want advice about these.

What assistive accessories can I borrow to use in the Library?

  • Coloured overlay sheets
  • Footrest

What assistive equipment can I borrow?

  • Voice recorder
  • Laptop for loan by students with support plans. You will need a form signed by an advisor from the Student Wellbeing Service.

What photocopying facilities are there?

There are Multifunctional Devices (MFDs) providing photocopying and scanning facilities. Materials can be enlarged or copied onto coloured paper. Please ask a member of staff if you need help with this.

What facilities are there for users with hearing aids?

Hearing loops are fitted in all classrooms.

Who can I contact for more information about the Library?

Tim Zijlstra




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