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Assistive software

Assistive or adaptive technology includes devices, tools, hardware or software that enable people with disabilities to perform functions that might otherwise be difficult or impossible. Monash provides access to many assistive software programs and tools. These are available in adaptive technology rooms (ATRs) in the libraries on most Australian campuses. For more information visit the library website for services available to users with a disability. A referral from the Disability Liaison Unit is required in order to access the ATRs. Some of the software licensed to Monash can be deployed to other Monash computers as required.

For more detail on assistive software and devices please refer to the Australian Disability Clearinghouse on Education and Training (ADCET) factsheet:

Assistive Technology - an introduction

Exploring assistive software for the first time?

You can request a referral from the DLU to check out our latest software in the adaptive technology rooms.

Note that:

  • both Windows and Mac operating systems include a variety of standard accessibility features and options including screen readers, screen magnifiers, mouse and keyboard options.
  • there is a large range of free and low cost assistive software available for download on the internet. The following websites are a good place to begin your search:
Adaptech Research Network

 If you have any queries about assistive software at Monash contact the Disability Liaison Unit.