Assistive Technology for students with disabilities

Students with dyslexia

DIT provides computers with specialised software for students with dyslexia at the following libraries:

  • Aungier Street Library (5 PCs and 1 Apple Mac)

  • Bolton Street Library (4 PCs)

  • Cathal Brugha Street Library (1 PC)

  • Kevin Street Library (1 PC)

  • Rathmines Road Library (1 PC)

This software called Kurzweil 3000 is popular with DIT students who have reading and word recognition difficulties. Textbooks and classnotes are scanned onto computer and the student then listens as the software reads the text back to them. Students can also use tools such as background colour, voice notes, a dictionary, and thesaurus to identify and check the spelling and meaning of words.

Students with visual impairments

The Assistive Technology Room, Aungier Street Library has a range of equipment and software for visually impaired students:

A dedicated computer with Jaws screen-reading software, Zoom Text software, and Kurzweil 1000 software.

Kurzweil 1000 software is used by visually impaired students to scan text onto computer. The student then has access to the text by listening to it with the Jaws screen reading software or by producing it as brailled text via the Braille printer.


A Braille Printer

Students with hearing impairments

Assistive Technology Training Room, Aungier Street. A Loop System is available which enables students with a hearing aid to tune into its frequency and have access to training in the room.

Assistive Technology Service

Disability Service
DIT Rathmines Road
Dublin 6


Tel: 01-4027658 / 01-4027015


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