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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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 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.
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.
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:
Language, Literacy, Numeracy and Digital Capability (LLND) Support service can help with:
Using the library
Library is a safe space to study and find information. They offer:
Call IT service desk or send them a message for:
Getting around campus
Assistive technologyAssistive 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.
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
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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 tab. Scroll further down the page to watch a video overview of these tools.
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.
Personal organisation tools
These tools will help you get organised.
Index of software tools
Includes: Accessibility features in Microsoft Office 365; ReadWrite by TextHelp application.
Includes: Mac built-in Accessibility tools; Mac Keyboard shortcuts.
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.
Includes: Voice4U AAC smart phone app; COMPIC Image Library for PC.
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.
Includes: Windows dictation; Dictation in Word, OneNote and PowerPoint; Voice Typing in Google Docs; Dictation on your Apple Mac; Dragon Naturally Speaking.
Includes: Immersive Reader for Microsoft Edge and Office 365; Windows Narrator; Apple VoiceOver; NVDA; JAWS; Microsoft Lens.
Includes: Microsoft Teams accessibility options; Video accessibility options, and video settings.
Includes: Learn to type properly - including for students with Dyslexia; special font for dyslexia
Includes: Windows built-in Ease of Access tools; Keyboard shortcuts; other Microsoft Accessibility tools.
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Video guide to software tools
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