Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology is any piece of software or equipment that helps a student to become a more independent learner and supports the student in achieving their full potential. 

Assistive Technology Service (ATS)

The DSS has its own dedicated Assistive Technology Service for our students. It includes a full time Assistive Technology Officer who meets and train students in all campuses, a dedicated computer lab based in the Student Centre on the Bishopstown campus, as well as a range of software available on open access/library computers in the different campuses such as Read Write Gold and Inspiration Mind Mapping.

Software and equipment

The ATS has a range software and equipment to help students access their lectures and notes such as:

  • Proofreading /Mind-mapping/ Reading software
  • Apps for phones and tablets
  • Touch Typing - Literacy Software
  • Recording devices (Use with lecturer permission)*
  • Digital magnifier technologies
  • Hearing support technologies
  • Speech to text software - Voice Recognition

* Please note if you wish to record lectures you must ask permission to do this – DSS students receive an Audio agreement form that they can ask lecturers to sign for this permission.*


Assistive Technology Service computer lab

The ATS computer lab is located on the ground floor of the Student Centre on the Bishopstown campus. It is only available to DSS students and you access it with your student ID card. The lab has 14 computers, study space, a printer, and a scanner for scanning notes and handouts, plus a bookable room for voice-to-text software use.

There is also Texthelp Read Write Gold reading/proofreading and Inspiration mind-mapping software available on open access/library computers in the different campuses.

Photo of the outside door of Assitive Technology Service Photo of the inside of the Assitive Technology Service showing computer desks and a student sitting at one of them


ATS You Tube Channel / Twitter

  • Check out the ATS YouTube channel for helpful videos and guides on the different assistive technology software
  • ATS Twitter account for updates on resources.


Assistive Technology Officer

Mark Burleigh is the full-time Assistive Technology Officer and his office is in the AT Service, Student Centre, Bishopstown campus.

  • You may need to meet Mark for an AT assessment and training if this is recommended in your DSS Needs Assessment.
  • Mark also runs training workshops during the year.
  • Mark manages any equipment that you might be loaned by the DSS.

Mark is available to meet students by appointment Monday to Friday 9.00am - 5.00pm.
Assistive Technology Service, Ground Floor, Student Centre, MTU Cork Bishopstown campus

Tel: 021 433 5125  E-mail: