Adaptive Technology Services

Adaptive or Assistive Technology (AT)

Adaptive or Assistive Technology (AT) is a generic term that includes any piece of equipment or software 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.

The Adaptive Technologists work closely with the Counsellors/Accessibility Advisors in supporting students with disabilities. After a referral, students may see an Adaptive Technologist for:

  • An AT assessment and/or review of existing AT
  • Assistance with the ordering/purchasing process
  • On-going training and troubleshooting needs

Learning and taking classes remotely from home may have its challenges. Here are some options for assistive technology:


The following are some adaptive technology options that are available. Click to expand and find out more about each one.

Dragon Naturally Speaking is a program that allows the student to enter data (type) using voice recognition. The student speaks and the computer types the content. This program requires voice training and may be appropriate for students with challenges related to written organizational skills, spelling challenges, or fine motor skills challenges.

Dragon Naturally Speaking - Level 1

Dragon Naturally Speaking - Level 2
Getting Started The Dragon Sidebar & Help Feature
Dragon NS Interactive tutorial Basic Dictation and Command Functions
Creating a New User & Microphone Importing and Exporting, Managing User Profiles
Speaking: Training Voice Recognition
Training & Adapting Voice Files
Microphone Settings & The Dragon Bar

Grammarly is a digital writing tool that automatically detects mistakes and offers suggestions for grammar, spelling, punctuation, word choice, and style in your writing.

Inspiration is software that is designed to help visual learners. It allows students to take ideas, words, and concepts; and associate them with images. Students are able to use graphic organizers, diagrams, concept mapping, and graphing to organize their thoughts. The software enables visual learners to better analyze information, integrate new knowledge, and think critically.

Introductory Tutorials Advanced Tutorials
Inspiration an Overview How to use links & Connectors
An introduction to creating diagrams

Attaching text & audio notes

How to use graphics and the symbols Library

Hyperlinking in Inspiration

Formatting backgrounds & the word guide

iPad has a range of accessible applications that can be used to help students stay organized and productive. These apps have a wide range of accessible features and are specific to different types of alternative learning needs.

iPad has a range of Accessibility Features that allow for the ease of use, and ensure that every user has the opportunity to use the tablet. Below are resources that will familiarize you with some of the specific iPad accessibility features.

JAWS software allows visually impaired users to read the screen either by text-to-speech or a refreshing braille display. The software is only available for Windows software and is known as the worlds most popular screen reader.

JAWS Overview

Kurzweil 3000 is an assistive technology that provides a reading, writing, and study platform for people with learning disabilities or other disabilities that make reading or writing difficult. The software can be used to support those individuals with disabilities such as Dyslexia and Dysgraphia, among others. Kurzweil 3000 can read aloud web-based, digital or scanned print material, convert web-based, digital or scanned print materials into MP3 to provide audible files to listen to on the go or through its firefly web app can be read on an iPad.

Kurzweil 3000 Resources

Kurzweil User Guide

LiveScribe (TM) Smartpen is an assistive device that allows students to record written and recorded notes. The smartpen helps students to organize notes more effectively, increase their productivity, and decrease the time it takes to format their notes.

Here are some types of smartpens:

Echo Smartpen - YouTube video

Livescribe 3 Smartpen - YouTube video

Aegir & Symphony Smartpens - YouTube video

Here are some accessibility features for Mac OS.

If you have any questions about the software listed here, please contact your campus Accessibility Office.

Microsoft OneNote is dynamic note taking software that organizes handwritten and verbal notes. It allows students to create notes, and categorize them effectively. By using OneNote students will decrease the time it takes organize, and by a result increase the productivity of the student.

Microsoft offers a OneNote Video Training log in instructions

Step 1:

Go to and click Log In in the top right corner.

Step 2:

Click on the option (Log In through your organization or school) and type SL.ON.CA into the box, and then click GO.

(You will then be prompted to sign in using your St. Lawrence College student account)

Step 3:

Enter your student account information as you would logging into the college computer system.

Login Example:

Your SLC username: jdoe01

Your SLC password: (XXXXXXXXX)

Step 4:

Congratulations you now have access to the database. You can now search for any number of tutorials, on a variety of different programs including Microsoft OneNote.

MS Windows comes with built in accessibility features that make the software inclusive. This includes speech recognition, magnifier, pop-up keyboard, and a speech reader. The features can be used with a wide range of abilities, and are adaptable to the needs of the user.

Text Help - Read & Write (version 12) literacy software for helps students with learning disabilities and English language learners to access the support tools they need at school or home.

If you have any questions about the software listed here, please contact your campus Accessibility Office.

adaptive technology training modules

The following link takes you to another browser window which will open a YouTube video on the SLC AT Library channel. This YouTube Channel hosts a wide variety of training videos. Please feel free to browse through all of these videos if you feel they will be helpful.

Link to SLC Adaptive Technology Youtube Channel

If you have any questions about the software listed here, please contact your campus Accessibility Office.


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