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Assistive technology

The University provides assistive technology for anyone who may need assistance to gain more equal access to the academic curriculum.

If you are registered with Enabling Services, you can request a special network login that will allow you access to assistive technology systems.

Some assistive technology workstations have scanners and large flat-screen monitors. At Highfield, a number of the workstations are available with dual screen displays to provide an extended computer desktop, and one workstation has a large 28" monitor, suitable for those who require an enlarged view of the screen.

Many workstations are situated on large or height-adjustable tables and various assistive peripheral devices are available on request.

Assistive technology resources are located in quiet environments with individual study areas generally separated by soft screening to reduce noise transmission and distractions. You can learn more about software and technology available by clicking through to the 'Assistive Software' tab on this page.

Exclusive facilities for students registered with Enabling Services are available at each campus throughout the University, including Southampton General Hospital where University courses take place. Please see the visit us pages of the University website to access campus maps if required.

Dedicated workstations can be found in locations that are carefully chosen for ease of mobility access and proximity to library or other learning resources.

Useful technology strategies for studying can be found here.


The Hartley Library includes the main area for assistive technology facilities in the University. This is in Room 2047 (AT Suite) on Level 2 and is available during normal library opening hours.

Located in a calming, quiet environment, here you will find dual-screen computers, a wide variety of AT software, height adjustable desks, ergonomic chairs and more. Please note the workstations are available on a first come, first served basis to anyone who is registered with the service.

Avenue Campus

The assistive technology facilities are in Building 65. This is in Room 2159, within the Library and Learning Commons, and is available during normal opening hours. Here you will find four workstations and a local printer.

National Oceanography Centre (NOC)

The assistive technology facilities are in the Library and are open during normal library hours. Here you will find two workstations in a quiet area.

Winchester School of Art

The assistive technology facilities are in Room E1017. It is open during normal hours for the East Side Building. Here you will find three workstations, one of which is an Apple Mac. Please contact Campus Security on 07887 676200 if you have any difficulties accessing this room.

Southampton General Hospital

The assistive technology facilities are in the Health Services Library and are available during normal library opening hours. Here four workstations and a local printer can be found in a quiet area next to the NHS IT Suite.

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This page provides information about the assistive software available on workstations throughout the University of Southampton.   Additional assistive software is available in the designated Assistive Technology Suites (ATS).

ClaroCapture, ClaroLingo, ClaroRead Plus, ClaroView, Claro ScreenMarker, Dragon NaturallySpeaking, Inspiration, JAWS, Mindjet MindManager, TextHelp Read and Write, Visual Thesaurus, WebbIE and ZoomText.

Further detailed information on assistive software including user guides and useful apps can be found below. 

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