Accessibility statement

IT accessibility

Your help needed!

This information is provided on a best efforts basis - if you spot anything that's incorrect, or we've missed, please let us know.

We aim to offer IT services for all users, taking into account the needs of users with disabilities.

If you need any help or advice, please contact the Library and IT Help Desk or Disability Services.

You can also find help via the Links section below.

Please note: we have tried to give as much general help and advice as possible in these pages. However, they are mostly aimed at staff and students who use IT Services PCs in IT classrooms and offices.

Keyboard v mouse

Information about:

  • Keyboard shortcuts
  • Microsoft Office Key Tips
  • Streaming Service accessible controls

Reading text

There are a number of ways to alter text, both printed and electronic. The Reading text page includes information on:

  • Screen readers
  • Screen magnifiers
  • Google accessibility tools
  • Printing & scanning
  • Omnipage
  • Web pages

Hearing assistance

The following IT rooms have a hearing induction loop installed:

Using your own machine

Sometimes it's easier to use your own machine rather than a University PC. Have a look at our guides for setting up your laptop, tablet or phone to use our services:

We are able to supply some software for use on your own machine. See the software purchasing pages for more information:

Planning & organising work

There are a number of software packages that help you plan and organise your ideas and work. This section looks at MindGenius in particular.

Wheelchair access

Information about:

  • IT classrooms and study areas
    • Raised PC desks
  • Access to printers, photocopiers and scanners

Voice recognition software

Windows offers built-in voice recognition facilities, allowing you hands-free control of the PC and to dictate documents.

Although Dragon is not provided, advice on licensing options and how to purchase is available on the Dragon webpage

Please note: we are not able to provide Dragon Naturally Speaking due to licensing restrictions. However, if you are a member of staff, your department may be able to buy this for you.

Office PC users

Various assistive technologies are available for users with disabilities.

Some are already installed on your PC, and others should be selected in line with your needs. They would normally be purchased by your department, and with advice from Disability Services.


University of York support: