Assistive Technology

Technology to Enhance Learning

Learning how to effectively use the devices you already own

Devices, such as your iphone, ipad, tablet, laptop, etc, have built in features that can enhance your access and aid in the learning process. Below are some technology resources to explore:

Free during COVID-19 Pandemic

  • JAWS, ZoomText and Fusion
    • Freedom Scientific has release special, free, short-term licenses of these three software for individuals with a personal email address in Canada or the United States
  • WordQ
    • WordQ is more than a spelling and grammar check, and can be used virtually anywhere you type on a computer, online or offline, helping users realize their full potential and gain confidence in their communication and self-expression.
    • Quillsoft has an Extended Access Request form for a trial to use for remote work or online learning. Once you fill out the form, they'll email you with your trial information within 24 hours.
  • Kurzweil 3000
    • Kurzweil Education is offering a free subscription for all during COVID-19. Kurzweil is an easy-to-use software platform that promotes independent learning—on any device. It also has the functionality to convert an image only PDF to a PDF that has selectable text that can be read out loud.


Text-to-speech (TTS) technology reads aloud digital text — the words on computers, smartphones and tablets

Writing and Proofreading




Disable distracting apps so you cannot use them for a certain amount of time

Mind Mapping