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Photo of Paula West, Disability Support CoordinatorThe University's Disability Services team are the starting point for you to discuss and organise your learning support for your time at the University of Sunderland. If you have not booked an initial appointment with this team, we recommend that you do discuss the wider support available for your learning.

We are committed to providing a friendly, accessible, and inclusive library service. There is extra support available for students with a long-term health condition, disability, or specific learning difficulty. Our Disability Support Coordinator provides specific support and guidance for using library services. Once you have met with the Disability Services team, our coordinator can then meet you to discuss your individual needs. Please contact Paula West at paula.west@sunderland.ac.uk if you wish to arrange a meeting.

Parking and access

If you need to drive to and park on campus, there are nearby parking facilities at both of our library buildings. You will need your campus card or staff card to enter and exit our buildings and to use the access gates.

Assistive technology and equipment

A range of software is available, including CCTV text enlarger, SuperNova, Texthelp, ClaroRead Pro, Dragon NaturallySpeaking. There is a scanner, Braille embosser, and HotSpot Fuser available to use.

Using the Library buildings

Library staff can help with the following support:

• Using lifts to get to other floors.
• Getting to a specific area of shelving.
• Getting books from shelves.
• Searching for resources.
• Using printers, PCs, and assistive technology.

Improving your experience of online resources

We subscribe to content by external providers and the accessibility of these resources can vary. If your screen reader cannot read the full text of an article or book in our collections, please contact us for further help.

There are changes you can make to your device and browser set up to make working online more accessible.

• Make your device easier to use 
• Adobe accessibility support
• Apple accessibility support
• Google accessibility support
• Microsoft accessibility support

Referencing accessible formats

You may find that the format or software you use for studying means you are unable to exactly follow the referencing style required by your course. For example, it can be very difficult to locate page numbers in a PDF using a screen reader. Let your tutors and academic staff know about any referencing adjustments that may need to be made to ensure that they are suitable.

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