Adjustments and support available through the OU and DSA
Specialist technology support
To study with us you’ll need regular and reliable access to the internet and a computer. For most modules you’ll be expected to spend at least a couple of sessions a week working on computer-based activities, and some of this work may be assessed.
To find public access computers visit the OU Library's Computer access near you.
Each module has its own website that will help you to plan and organise your study and provides access to support from your tutor and fellow students. You can also use our vast library online.
Go to Studying on a screen for a guide to how you can set up your computer or device and find the right alternative formats and tools to help you study.
Additional equipment, technology and support
Many disabled students need specialist equipment (generally referred to as ‘assistive’ or ‘enabling’ technology) and additional personal support to study effectively.
You might, for example, need technology such as
- Voice recognition software if you have difficulty using a keyboard or mouse.
- Text-to-speech software if you struggle to read on a screen, or a screen reader or screen reading software if you are blind or partially sighted. Text-to-speech is built-in to many systems and devices as well as being available to download. You can find out more about this in Listening to your study material.
- A room loop or personal radio aid to amplify sound in a tutorial or other group situation if you are hard of hearing.
You should complete the Disability Support form as soon as possible to arrange support from the OU. An adviser will contact you within ten working days to discuss your needs. Read more about the process in Timescale for getting disability support.
If you'd like further support around overcoming barriers to study you could also: