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Everyone needs a little help sometimes

Welcome. This hub aims to help you 'join the dots' when you need help or support while you are at Box Hill Institute.

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Read this page more easily

Hear this page spoken aloud

PC: The simplest method is to use Immersive Reader in the Microsoft Edge browser. Select the icon on the right of the address bar.
Mac: To enable VoiceOver use the key combination Command + F5.  Or, if you have a Touch Bar, press and hold Command then press Touch ID  3 times.
Further options are explored in Text-to-speech (screen readers).

Increase text size

The quickest method is a keyboard shortcut:
PC:  To zoom in, select Ctrl + plus key (+).  To zoom out, select Ctrl + minus key (-).  Alternatively select Ctrl + scroll wheel up/down.
Mac:
  To zoom in, select Option + Command + plus key (+).  To zoom out, select Option + Command + minus key (-).
Further options are explored in Magnify screen display

Getting help on campus

An equitable and inclusive experience is your right under the Disability Discrimination Act 1992 and Disability Standards for Education 2005.

Read on to find out what accessibility support is available at Box Hill Institute (BHI) and how you can access it.

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Enrolling in a course

The Nurture team can help you enrol in a course and they treat everyone as an individual. You can speak face-to-face, or by phone or email. They can explain things in simple English.
Book a one-on-one time to:

  • get help with filling out your application form
  • complete your Core Skills Diagnostic Profile (CSDP).

Life on campus

Student Life welcome all students who need help and their services are free. You can walk in or contact them with no referral. They offer:

Learning support

Language, Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Capability (LLND) Support service can help with:

  • reading
  • writing
  • using numbers
  • using computers.

Using the library

Library is a safe space to study and find information. They offer:

Computer help

Call IT service desk or send them a message for:

  • computer or laptop connections
  • help with your password or student email.

Getting around campus

  • Campus site maps show entrance ramps and accessible parking spaces.
  • Accessible bathrooms have right-hand (RH) and left-hand (LH) signs with international symbols and braille at the correct standard height.
  • Braille is on signs for lifts, bathrooms, toilets and change rooms.
  • Tactile surface indicators (TSI) are installed where there is a change of level.
  • Safety without sound emergency lights are at CAE Degraves Street.
  • Quiet spaces/prayer rooms are on all campuses.

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Assistive technology

Assistive technology is equipment, devices or software programs that help you do things you can’t do because of your disability. It can also help you do something more easily or safely.

Equipment

Contact the Disability Liaison Service if you think any of the following could help you:

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Weighted pen to grip and write more easily

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Reader pen (C-PEN) to hear text read out loud with a digital voice

Trackball mouse to operate with less fine motor control than a standard mouse

Large-key keyboard to locate and operate larger keys that are further apart

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Ergonomic chair to sit comfortably by offering multiple adjustments

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Adjustable-height tables to allow wheelchair access or standing

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Angled writing board to place your wrist and hand in the best position for handwriting


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Software

Windows, Mac and Office 365 built-in tools
Microsoft and Apple have basic accessibility tools you can use without installing special programs.
Students and staff at BHI can use Office 365 for free. It includes Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Microsoft Teams and more.
Take a look at 
Setup Office 365 to get started.

Select the tabs below to see accessibility tools listed by type of tool or what the tool is used for. There is also a complete list of tools in the Index of tools tabScroll further down the page to watch a video overview of these tools.

 
Windows and Mac built-in tools

Microsoft and Apple have basic accessibility tools you can use without installing special programs.

Literacy aids

These aids help with reading and writing.

Mouse/keyboard training software

This software helps you improve your skills using the computer's mouse and keyboard.  Plus, a special dyslexia font.

Screen reader software

This software reads out text that is on a screen.

Picture symbol software and resources

These tools can help you communicate and understand.

Communication software

This software can help with speaking and writing, and save you time.

Personal organisation tools

These tools will help you get organised.

Sensory software

This software helps with things that affect your senses, like seeing and feeling.


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Video guide to software tools

Last modified: Sunday, 1 January 2023, 3:57 PM