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.
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.