Assistive Technology (AT) is a generic term that includes any piece of equipment that is used to increase efficiency, maintain function, or improve the capability of individuals with disabilities. AT is used to achieve greater independence while compensating for any functional deficits while attending post-secondary education. Our Assistive Technologists work closely with our Learning Strategists and Accessibility Advisors in supporting students with disabilities. Some common examples of AT:
Text-to-Speech Software verbalizes, or “speaks,” everything on a computer screen, including alternative format textbooks, website text, etc.
Mind Mapping Software allows the user to organize their ideas through web-diagrams and by creating visual linkages between concepts and information.
Voice Recognition Software allows the user to voice computer commands and to enter text using their voice, rather than a mouse or keyboard.
Recording Devices allows the user to record information presented verbally (lectures, workshops) for review at a later time.
FM Systems (Frequency Modulated Systems) transmits an instructor’s voice directly to the student at a constant level, insuring that the instructor’s voice is heard above the level of background noise.
Editing Software provides the user with auditory feedback so they can hear their written text, which enhances the editing of written documents. Additional features alert the user to probable errors in written text (grammar, word usage, structure, spelling, style, punctuation and capitalization).
College Committee on Disability Issues (CCDI); LD Resource Guide, 2008
Tel: 705-672-3376 ext. 8819
Kirkland Lake Campus
Tel: 705-567-9291 ext. 3625
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