Everyone needs a little help sometimes
Welcome. Use this Accessibility Hub to join the dots when you need help or support at Box Hill Institute.
Watch this short video to get an idea of what the Hub can do for you.
On this page
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).
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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
- 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.
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.
Contact the Accessibility Liaison Service if you think any of the following could help you:
|Icon (font awesome or image)
|Weighted pen to grip and write more easily
|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
|Ergonomic chair to sit comfortably by offering multiple adjustments
|Adjustable-height tables to allow wheelchair access or standing
|Angled writing board to place your wrist and hand in the best position for handwriting
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.
|Links (List required)
Windows and Mac built-in tools
|Microsoft and Apple have basic accessibility tools you can use without installing special programs.
|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.
|This software can help with speaking and writing, and save you time.
Personal organisation tools
|These tools will help you get organised.
|This software helps with things that affect your senses, like seeing and feeling.
|Links (Lists required)
|This software can help with fine motor skills, when you need to make small hand or wrist movements.
Sensory–Deaf/Hard of Hearing
|Software, such as text-to-speech readers and captioning software helps when you can't hear.
Independent learning skills
|Software to help you be an independent learner.
|Software to help with speech and communication.
|Software or software adjustments using accessibility features can make your screen easier to view or read out what is on it .
Software to help you if you have reading and writing difficulties.
|Links (Lists required)
|Literacy development software/apps
|Includes: Accessibility features in Microsoft Office 365; ReadWrite by TextHelp application.
|Mac OS Accessibility tools
|Includes: Mac built-in Accessibility tools; Mac Keyboard shortcuts.
|Magnify screen display
|Includes: Windows Magnifier; zooming in/out in your internet browser; Windows settings for increasing text size; Zoom settings for Mac.
|Includes: Glean Note Taking application.
|Picture symbol software/apps
|Includes: Voice4U AAC smart phone app; COMPIC Image Library for PC.
|Screen colour schemes and filters
|Includes: Colour settings for your monitor; Physical colour overlay sheets; Windows colour settings; Colour settings in Microsoft Word; Use Dark Reader to change the display colour in Microsoft Edge; Dyslex.ie colour overlay for Google Chrome; ColorVeil app to change screen display.
|Speech-to-text software (dictation)
|Includes: Windows dictation; Dictation in Word, OneNote and PowerPoint; Voice Typing in Google Docs; Dictation on your Apple Mac; Dragon Naturally Speaking.
|Text-to-speech (screen readers)
|Includes: Immersive Reader for Microsoft Edge and Office 365; Windows Narrator; Apple VoiceOver; NVDA; JAWS; Microsoft Lens.
|Transcription and captions (subtitles)
|Includes: Microsoft Teams accessibility options; Video accessibility options, and video settings.
|Typing software and font
|Includes: Learn to type properly - including for students with Dyslexia; special font for dyslexia; Bionic Reading.
|Windows Ease of Access tools
|Includes: Windows built-in Ease of Access tools; Keyboard shortcuts; other Microsoft Accessibility tools.