We employ an Assistive Technologist to help students with learning disabilities achieve their full potential.
The right technology, used correctly, can change everything! Assistive technologies consist of any device that allows an individual to accomplish a task by minimizing the effects of a disability. We provide assistive technology training to students with disabilities.
Note: In order to access these services, a student must first meet with an Accessibility Counsellor and provide a valid confirmation of a learning disability.
Assistive technology software and resources
Read & Write
Read&Write is a customizable toolbar for PC and Mac that integrates reading, writing, studying, and research support tools with common applications like MS Word and Popular Web Browsers. Niagara College has a license to Read&Write Gold which allows students to have the software installed on their personal computers for at-home use (PC and Mac).
Contact Jim McEwen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kurzweil 3000 is scanning, reading and studying tool often used by people who have learning disabilities.
Keyboard shortcut templates
Print and cut out one of these keyboard shortcut templates and place it above the F-keys on your keyboard for quick reference.
Dragon NaturallySpeaking Premium
“Dragon” is a computer speech recognition program that allows people to talk to their computer and have their speech turned into text. When purchasing this program always get the premium version.
- Training Videos: YouTube Playlist
- Other Resources: User Guide, quick reference sheets and other things
Inspiration is used to create pictorial or graphical ways to organize information. This method is also known as mind mapping, concept mapping and webbing.
- www.graphic.org – A resource site about graphic organizing.
Built-in accessibility options on your computer, phone or tablet
Did you know that Windows and OSX (Apple) and Android have built-in accessibility options that make it easier to see, hear and use your computer or mobile device?
If you are not sure about any of these programs, please don’t feel you have to use any of these. If your computer starts to act “funny” after installing any of these programs, uninstall that program immediately.