The service aims to support disabled staff in the workplace when required. The service is able to suggest various assistive software or hardware or standard IT solutions that might be of assistance. A small pool of laptops with assistive software and a range of ergonomic mice and keyboards can be borrowed by staff to ascertain if they might be of assistance to them.
Examples of support the service can offer include:
The service is open to all disabled university staff (not just IS staff) and those staff who feel that they have a potential health condition or disability which the service could provide support for. It should be noted that this service only provides suggestions about assistive IT hardware and software. For other reasonable adjustments you should contact your line manager or Human Resources.
The fastest way to access the service is to contact the IS Helpdesk on IS.Helpdesk@ed.ac.uk or call 0131 650 3409. Alternatively you can contact your line manager who can refer you.
All information will be treated in confidence by the Helpdesk. We encourage you to contact your line manager to ensure that all IT adjustments are considered alongside other non IT adjustments. If assitive computer hardware or software needs to be purchased, your line manager who would need to facilitate this, however, we will not contact your line manager or other parties without your consent.
Please note that these informal one-to-one sessions with Staff Disability Computing Support are not intended to replace statutory workstation assessments, advice from your local DSE Assessor or the Occupational Health Unit, or an assessment by Access to Work.
If you are experiencing a health problem that is affecting your work, we strongly recommend that you discuss this with your manager and also follow the advice given on the Health and Safety Department website:
For more general information on the service please contact Viki Galt, Disability Information Officer, Information Services, contact details below.
To request this document in an alternative format, such as large print or on coloured paper, please contact Viki Galt, the Disability Information Officer.
This article was published on May 10, 2013