Help for staff
Information on computing support for disabled staff.
What is it?
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 range of assistive software and hardware can be borrowed by staff to ascertain there usefulness before committing to a purchase.
Examples of the type of support the service offers
Examples of support the service can offer include:
- Suggestions on screen settings
- Suggestions on ergonomic mice
- Information on assistive software such as screen readers, Dyslexia support packages etc
- A laptop with voice recognition software which can be borrowed for short term loan by individuals
- A pool of assistive hardware such as ergonomic mice which can be borrowed for short term loan by individuals.
Who is it for?
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.
How do I access it?
The fastest way to access the service is to contact the IS Helpline.
Alternatively you can contact your line manager who can refer you.
Will my information be treated in confidence?
All information will be treated in confidence.
We encourage you to contact your line manager to ensure that all IT adjustments are considered alongside other non IT adjustments.
If assistive computer hardware or software needs to be purchased, your line manager 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:
The University has installed Open Dyslexic Font on all University computers for staff. OpenDyslexic is a range of fonts which can help improve readability for readers with dyslexia. Regular, bold, italic, and bold-italic styles are all available within the fonts.
To access this:
- Click on the Microsoft icon (bottom left hand corner)
- Type application catalogue into the search box
- Open application catalogue
- Type dyslexic in the search box in the top right hand side of the screen
- OpenDyslexic font will appear in the results – click on install
- Once installed you will be able to access the font from the Word/Outlook/PowerPoint etc font options available when you open a document.
For more general information on the service please contact Viki Galt, Disability Information Officer, Information Services, contact details below.
Request an alternative format
To request this document in an alternative format, such as large print or on coloured paper, please contact Viki Galt, the Disability Information Officer.