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Library help and support for students with a disability

If you have a disability that is affecting your studies then you have the right to get your course literature in accessible format. On this page you can read more about the help and support you can get from the library.

Basic information about the support we offer

You can get support both from the special coordinators at your university as well as from the library. The aim of the support is to provide equal access to all services and facilities in the library. The Accessible Media service team can help you to get your course literature in accessible format. You will get longer loan periods for the printed course books. In the library you will also find computers with support programs and the resource room. 

You can contact us directly without a referral from, for example, the coordinators at Södertörn University (SH) or the Swedish Red Cross University College (RKH). Contact us by emailing talbok@sh.se or click the button Get talking books and other accessible media.

Talking books

If you experience difficulties concentrating or have dyslexia for example, talking books can help you to read and remember your course literature.

In order to use talking books you must have a reading impairment, however, we don't require a certificate. If you have the right to use talking books you can freely download the books you need.

Talking books is the most frequently used form of accessible media. If you are unsure of whether you are entitled to talking books, you can read more on Legimus, website by the Swedish Agency for Accessible Media (MTMexternal link, opens in new window). The page is in Swedish only.

As a student with a reading impairment, you have the right to get your course literature as talking books. However, it is your responsibility to check that your books are available in Legimus. Therefore, try to get your reading list as soon as possible. If something is missing you can ask us to order it from MTM by filling out this form. It is important to know that it might take up to 8 weeks to get a new book produced.

E-text and Braille

If you have a visual impairment, we can help you to get your course books as Braille. You can also get them in a format called e-text, developed for people with visual impairment.

Read with speech synthesizer

You can also read a text using speech synthesizer, a program that transforms written text into audio. In the library you can find this program on some computers. There are also several online services that you can use free of charge. Please contact the Accessible Media service team for more information.

The resource room

The resource room is located at the entrance floor in the library, room UB 523. Here you will find:

  • two computers with support programs Legimus, TorTalk, Gustavas ordböcker, ClaroCapture, ClaroIdeas and ZoomText.
  • a scanner that can make accessible documents
  • a printer
  • a Braille keyboard

If you are a student at Södertörn University in need of the resource room, please contact Funka. If you are a student at RKH, please contact the Accessible Media service.

Support programs and laptops

As a student with a reading impairment, you can borrow a laptop computer with support programs for two weeks. Some of the desktop computers also contain support programs. By clicking on the plus sign you can read more about the various support programs and where to find them.

Talking books reader is a program for reading talking books from Legimus. It is available in the Resource room, the Info workshop, the Quiet IT lab and on the laptops with support programs.

You can get this program, or a similiar for Mac computers, on your own computer by filling in a form on the Legimus website.

Read more about EasyReader on legimus.se and get the program (in Swedish only).external link, opens in new window

Read more about ReadHearMac on legimus.se and get the program (in Swedish only).external link, opens in new window

Torttalk is a speech synthesizer programme that reads all other electronic text. It is available in the Resource room, the Info workshop, the Quiet IT lab and on the laptops with support programs.

These are spelling programs in English and Swedish. They alert you, for example, when you use a word with different meanings. They are available on the laptops with support programs.

This is a thesaurus in English and Swedish with a dyslexia friendly search tool. It is available in the Resource room.

Clarocapture is a program for collecting information. It creates clear references to text and pictures that you paste. It is available in the Resource room.

Mindmapping program to help you organise your work. It is available in the Resource room.

ZoomText is a magnifier and screen reader developed especially for low-vision users. It is available in the Resource room.

The OCR-Scanner scans for example handouts or book chapters in books not available as talking books. When you use the OCR function you can make accessible PDFs that you can read using any speech synthesizer program. It is available in the Resource room.

More support when you study with a disability

As a student with a disability you may be entitled to extra help from your university. For this type of support you will need a certificate of your diagnosis/disability.

Read more about possible support from Funka at SH.

Read more about possible support at RKH (in Swedish only).external link, opens in new window

Another suggestion is to contact The Study Support Unit. They can help you with writing and holding oral presentations, but also to structure your studies. Everyone is entitled to get support from The Study Support Unit, but if you have a certificate of your diagnosis/disability, you can get extra tutoring time.

Information about accessibility in the library can be found on the page Visit the library.

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Page updated

27-03-2019