Assistive Technology

The Centre for Student Accessibility offers the following technology-related services and support:

  • Individual technology assessment
  • Assistance with disability-related grant applications
  • Assistive technology training
  • Access to an assistive technology lab located in RC 251
  • Short term equipment loans

Commonly Used Equipment and Software

  • Notebooks or Tablet PCs
    • Depending upon your individual requirements a desktop, notebook, or tablet is recommended.
  • Paper-Based Computer Pen
    • Pulse Smartpen by Livescribe enables the user to record lecture notes while writing. The user can then later listen to any section by touching the pen to corresponding handwriting or diagrams. This information can also be uploaded to a laptop and expanded on through the Livescribe desktop.
  • Screen Readers
    • ZoomText enlarges text and allows documents to be read aloud.
    • Jaws for Windows reads information web applications, Microsoft Office documents, and other information on a computer screen aloud.
  • Text to Voice Software and Devices
    • Kurzweil 1000/3000 Kurzweil 1000 reads electronic text aloud and is used by students with visual impairments. Kurzweil 3000 provides reading, writing, and study skills solutions which can be helpful to students who have learning disabilities and/or attention issues.
  • Voice to Text Software
    • Dragon Naturally Speaking converts the spoken words to text. It has an accuracy rate of up to 99% with training. The program can be used in writing documents, emails, and instant messages.
  • Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)/iPod, etc.
    • PDAs allow users to keep track of their schedules for classes, appointments, and assignments.
  • Word Recognition Software
    • WordQ is a user-friendly word prediction software application that offers word suggestions as you type. It is used in conjunction with word processing programs such as Microsoft Word.
  • Idea Mapping Software
    • Inspiration is a “mind mapping” software that assists users in organizing their thoughts in order to better plan, research, and complete projects.