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Centre for Learning and Study Support (CLaSS): Disability

Enhancing academic practice, writing development and study skills

What support can CLaSS offer to me?

CLaSS can support you in a variety of ways including:

When you book a tutorial or workshop you will have the option to let us know what your needs are. If you have any queries about accessing our service please contact CLaSS on

Support for students who use assistive technology

Support for students who use assistive technology


All library computers have some assistive software available, including mind mapping and text to speech. If you use assistive technology to support your study, or want to find out more about it, come along to the 500 word club. This is a supportive group where you can work on your assignment with support available from CLaSS and assistive technology.

The sessions take place once a week and when you book you book for a block of 12 weeks at a time. This will give you the chance to build up the amount you are able to write over the weeks.

The 500 Word Club dates:

  • 2 February 2017 (1-2pm)
  • 9 February 2017 (1-2pm) extra session -optional attendance
  • 16 February 2017 (1-2pm)
  • 23 February 2017 (1-2pm) extra session - optional attendance
  • 2 March 2017 (1-2pm)
  • 9 March 2017 (1-2pm) extra session - optional attendance
  • 16 March 2017 (1-2pm)
  • 23 March 2017 (1-2pm) extra session - optional attendance
  • 30 March 2017 (1-2pm)
  • 6 April 2017 (1-2pm) extra session - optional attendance
  • 13 April 2017 (1-2pm) 
  • 20 April 2017 (1-2pm) extra session - optional attendance

To book please click the link here. 

You can also have a look at the 500 word blog. It is regularly updated and has advice on writing and managing your studies, as well as videos showing you how you can use assistive technology to help you. You can also add comments and have your say.

The assistive technology lib guide has more information about the assistive technology available in the library and the support available including one to ones and workshops.

Further support

If you have a disability or medical condition there is a range of support available across DMU. 

In the library:

The library disability team can support you with finding resources through the Ask and Collect service and getting them made available in an accessible format.

There is a range of assistive software available on all library computers for students to use. There are also workshops and one to one tutorials to help you learn how to use it.

The Maths Learning Centre can provide support with maths or statistics. Drop-in sessions are available from 12.30pm-2.30pm on weekdays during term time and exam time.

Across DMU.

Disability Advice and Support can arrange support for your studies at DMU. They also work closely with the Mental Health Inclusion Team and the Counselling Service. They are based in Gateway House. To make an appointment with any of these services please contact Student Gateway.