IT resources for disabled staff
Information on IT resources for disabled staff, including display settings and assistive technology
If you are finding it difficult to use your computer, tablet or phone because of a disability or health condition, explore ways to work differently. Here are some suggestions to get you started. Any support provided by the University is subject to operational requirements and depends on the nature of the role.
Changing your display settings
If you are a PC user, start with the Ease of Access Centre which you can find within Settings (or use the search function on the taskbar to find it). Here you can customise text size, brightness, background, colour and more. AbilityNet has further information on making your computer, tablet or phone easier to use and also produces a range of factsheets.
All staff who use computers should complete a regular Display Screen Equipment (DSE) assessment. An online self-assessment tool is available here. If you are experiencing discomfort when using your computer, this is something you should raise, either through the regular assessment, or by contacting your line manager directly. We are all different sizes and shapes, and may need our workspace set up differently. Your department DSE co-ordinator can help with alternative equipment, such as computer mice, mouse mats, keyboards and document holders. Also raise any issues about your chair and desk.
If you are using work-provided equipment such as a laptop or tablet, remember that you need a good ergonomic set-up for these too. The following are recommended for use with a laptop:
- Mouse (consider vertical mouse to reduce shoulder strain)
- External screen (possibly with a docking station)
- Additional cabling to connect external screen
Here you will find details of free technologies to support reading and writing.