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Assistive Technology Centre

Goldsmiths, University of London, Dixon Road, New Cross, London, SE14 6NW

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Introduction

  • The Assistive Technology Centre (ATC) is an open-access computer room for the use of students with a disability, specific learning difficulty, mental health needs or a long-term health condition.

Opening Times

  • Monday 09:15 - 20:45.
  • Tuesday 09:15 - 20:45.
  • Wednesday 09:15 - 20:45.
  • Thursday 09:15 - 20:45.
  • Friday 09:15 - 20:45.
  • Saturday 11:30 - 19:15.
  • Sunday 11:30 - 19:15.

Parking

  • The venue does not have its own car park.
  • On Street Parking and Drop-off Details
    • On street marked Blue Badge bays are available.
    • The dimensions of the marked Blue Badge bays are 200cm x 500cm (6ft 7in x 16ft 5in).
    • On street Blue Badge parking is located on Dixon Road, opposite the library entrance.
    • Clearly signed and / or standard marked parking bays are not available.
    • There is not a designated drop off point.
  • Comments
    • Parking is very limited on the Goldsmiths campus. There are a number of designated bays for Blue Badge holders reserved for current staff and students with mobility needs.
    • Visitors requiring parking should contact the college at least 48 hours in advance.

Outside Access (Main Entrance)

  • This information is for the entrance located at the front of the building, on Lewisham Way.
  • There is not level access into the venue.
  • The main door(s) open(s) automatically (towards you).
  • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
  • The door(s) is / are single.
  • The width of the door opening is 87cm (2ft 10in).
  • Second set of doors
    • There is a second set of doors.
    • The door(s) open(s) automatically (away from you).
    • The automatic doors are push pad activated.
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The width of the door opening is 88cm (2ft 11in).
  • Comments
    • There are also double, manual doors, 182 cm wide, available at the entrance.

Level Change (Main Entrance)

  • There is a ramp/slope to access this area/service.
  • The ramp/slope does bypass the step(s).
  • The ramp/slope is located to the right, leading down from Lewisham Way.
  • The ramp/slope is easy.
  • The ramp/slope is permanent.
  • There is a level landing at the top of the ramp/slope.
  • There is a/are step(s) to access this area/service.
  • The step(s) is/are located in front of the entrance leading from Dixon Road.
  • There is/are 8 step(s) to the area/service.
  • There is not tactile paving at the top and bottom of the steps.
  • The step(s) is/are clearly marked.
  • The step(s) is/are deep (18cm+).
  • There is a/are handrail(s) at the step(s).
  • The handrail(s) is/are in the centre.

Reception (Main)

  • The desk/counter is 10m (10yd 2ft) from the main entrance.
  • There is level access to the desk/counter from the entrance.
  • The lighting levels are bright.
  • The desk/counter is high (110cm+).
  • The desk/counter has a low (76cm or lower) section.
  • The desk/counter is staffed.
  • There is a hearing assistance system.
  • The type of system is a portable loop.
  • Staff are trained to use the system.
  • Comments
    • There are standard security barriers 51cm wide, and a wide barrier 89cm wide, located next to this reception desk.
    • Swipe card access is required to operate the barriers independently.

Entrance

  • Entrance
    • This information is for the entrance located on the ground floor of the Library.
    • There is step free access at this entrance.
    • The main door(s) open(s) away from you (push).
    • The door(s) is / are single.
    • The door(s) is / are heavy.
    • The width of the door opening is 83cm (2ft 9in).

Inside Access

  • There is level access to the service.
  • There is not a hearing assistance system.
  • This venue does not play background music.
  • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • There are three booths that are bookable within the ATC Centre. To book one of these rooms you need to book online via -http://libcal.gold.ac.uk
    • All computers in the ATC have assistive software to enable students to work effectively. This includes Claro Software, Dragon Naturally Speaking, Inspiration, Jaws, Zoomtext and Kurzweil.
    • Room 2 is the only room with a window for natural light.
    • Room 3 has a height adjustable table.

Annex

  • The Annex is a separate room located within the Library and can be booked viahttp://libcal.gold.ac.uk
  • The width of the door is 85cm.

Group Study Centre

  • The Group Study Centre is a room next to the Annex and is set up like a meeting room. This room can also be booked viahttp://libcal.gold.ac.uk.
  • The width of the door is 85cm.
  • This room was in use at the time of the survey.

Accessible Toilet (Ground Floor - New Building)

  • Location and Access
    • Accessible toilet facilities are available.
    • The toilet is not for the sole use of disabled people.
    • There is Braille, tactile, pictorial and written text signage on or near the toilet door.
    • This accessible toilet is approximately 35m (38yd 10in) from the main entrance.
    • This accessible toilet is located on the ground floor of the Library next to the lift and stairs.
    • There is level access to this accessible toilet.
  • Features and Dimensions
    • This is a unisex toilet.
    • A key is not required for the accessible toilet.
    • The door opens outwards.
    • The door is locked by a lever twist.
    • The width of the accessible toilet door is 84cm (2ft 9in).
    • The door is heavy.
    • The dimensions of the accessible toilet are 160cm x 248cm (5ft 3in x 8ft 2in).
    • There is a clear 150cm x 150cm manoeuvring space in the accessible toilet.
    • There is a lateral transfer space.
    • As you face the toilet pan the transfer space is on the left.
    • The lateral transfer space is 85cm (2ft 9in).
    • There is a dropdown rail on the transfer side.
    • There is a flush on the transfer side.
    • The tap type is lever.
    • There is a mixer tap.
    • There is an emergency pull cord alarm in the cubicle.
    • The emergency pull cord alarm is fully functional.
    • Disposal facilities are available in the cubicle.
    • There is a/are female sanitary disposal units.
    • There is not a/are not coat hook(s).
  • Position of Fixtures
    • Wall-mounted grab rails are available.
    • As you face the toilet the wall-mounted grab rails are on both sides.
    • There is not a shelf within the accessible toilet.
    • There is a mirror.
    • Mirrors are placed at a lower level or at an angle for ease of use.
    • The height of the toilet seat above floor level is 48cm (1ft 7in).
    • There is a hand dryer.
    • The hand dryer cannot be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The hand dryer is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the hand dryer is 103cm (3ft 5in).
    • There is not a towel dispenser.
    • There is a toilet roll holder.
    • The toilet roll holder can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The toilet roll holder is placed higher than 100cm (3ft 3in).
    • The height of the toilet roll holder is 120cm (3ft 11in).
    • There is a wash basin.
    • The wash basin can be reached from seated on the toilet.
    • The wash basin is not placed higher than 74cm (2ft 5in).
  • Colour Contrast and Lighting
    • The contrast between the internal door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the external door and wall is fair.
    • The contrast between the wall-mounted grab rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The contrast between the dropdown rail(s) and wall is good.
    • The toilet seat colour contrast is good.
    • The contrast between the walls and floor is good.
    • The lighting levels are medium.
  • Comments
    • There is a baby changing table within this toilet. It is 90cm high.

Standard Toilet(s) (Ground Floor - New Building)

  • Location of Standard Toilet(s)
    • There are male and female standard toilets facilities on the ground floor, the first floor and the second floor.
  • Standard Toilet Surveyed
    • A male standard toilet was surveyed.
    • The toilet surveyed is located on the ground floor of the Library next to the lift and stairs.
    • There is a female standard toilet in the same location.
    • There is step free access to the standard toilet(s) surveyed from the entrance.
    • The standard toilet surveyed is approximately 33m from the main entrance.
    • There is not a/are not cubicle(s) suitable for ambulant disabled people in the standard toilet(s) surveyed.
    • Lighting levels in the standard toilet surveyed are good.