Assistive Technology

The York Catholic District School Board is committed to providing all students access to the curriculum through the use of assistive technology.  Over the years, the Student Service Technology Steering Committee and the Special Education Technology Team (SETT) have experimented with several hardware and software tools to accommodate a range of learners. Hardware would include computers, ultrabooks, chromebooks, iPads, interactive whiteboards, large rolling trackballs, modified keyboards and overlays, switches and headsets with microphones.

Software includes both Ministry licensed titles such, Dragon Naturally Speaking, WordQ, and Clicker 6 to support our special learners. Apps on the Apple iPads that help support our students are not limited to Choiceworks, Pictello, Book Creator, Clicker, Voice Dream, WordQ, iAnnotate, and Appwriter.

Through various Ministry grants, the York Catholic District School Board was able to purchase volume licensing of specialized software, as part of of the board's universal technology access design.

Software Programs Available in all Schools

Read and Write for Google

Read and Write is an Extension in the Google Chrome browser that makes Google Apps For Education (GAFE) more accessible, with support for Google docs, web, pdfs, and epubs in google drive.

It is a text-to-speech, and speech-to-text extension to boost reading and writing confidence to students with learning difficulties, dyslexia or ELL/ESL.

Snapverter is OCR (optical character recognition) software that is an add-on that compliments Read and Write that sits as a folder in Google Drive. It can OCR text from worksheets/handouts, book pages, photocopies, and put it into PDF form that would be readable on a Desktop Computer, Chromebook, or even an iPad.
Mindomo is a website/Google App that allows students and teachers to create mind maps. The Mindomo platform/software creates a powerful environment where you can easily collaborate with others by sharing ideas and working together on mind maps in real time.
Kurzweil 3000
Text-to-voice software which also includes many study skill tools and the ability to scan texts.
Graphic organizer software that will create visual organizers, translate it into text outlines and export to a word processing file.
Word prediction software that is great for students with spelling and/or word retrieval difficulties.
Dragon Naturally Speaking
Voice-to-text software which allows students (and those of us who don’t type very well) to compose written work through dictation. 

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