The new Accessibility Services Adaptive Technology Lab (ATL) aims to assist students registered with Accessibility Services. It contains specialized software, computers, assistive devices, and study space.
Adaptive technology promotes greater independence for people in their learning and working environments. Based on your needs, we offer information and the opportunity for exposure to adaptive technology that may enhance your post-secondary experience.
If you are registered with the Accessibility Services, you can use the Lab to:
- Access the Lab equipped with technology
- Determine through self-directed exploration whether technology may enhance your learning
- Utilize on-line information and demos for use and application
- Access resources on specialized software
BCIT students, faculty and staff now have free access to Read&Write Gold, an award-winning literacy software tool that can help you improve reading, writing, research and study skills. The easy to use toolbar “floats” on top of any open application and works discreetly with all mainstream Windows and OS X applications. This offers users the opportunity to work in an inclusive manner alongside their peers and colleagues.
Kurzweil software is designed to help students with reading, writing, and study skills. It can scan and read text so students can study and learn independently. Kurzweil’s study skills feature allows students to highlight and extract the main points of a passage and create outlines, study guides, and word lists that will improve their reading comprehension and retention.
ZoomText is a magnification and reading software developed for students with visual impairments. It offers adjustable magnification with the choice of how much text is read aloud and when. A large screen monitor enhances viewing.
Dragon Naturally Speaking is a voice recognition software system that eliminates the need to type. After training, students can dictate directly into the computer. Dragon Naturally Speaking works well for students who can verbalize their thoughts but have difficulties writing.
Inspiration software allows students to create graphic organizers to visualize ideas, concepts, and relationships and transform them into an outline view. Inspiration helps students plan, organize projects, gain a better understanding of difficult concepts, and improve their writing proficiency.
WordQ is a software tool used along with standard writing software. WordQ suggests words to use and provides spoken feedback to help find mistakes. Users who have problems writing and editing, particularly those with learning disabilities, can benefit from using WordQ. Within minutes of getting started, students can prevent, find and fix their mistakes.
Accessibility Services maintains a small loan bank of assistive technology (devices and adaptive technology equipment) which can be used during your tests. Some of the devices can be loaned to students registered with our office on a short-term basis.
- PC computer workstations
- Flatbed scanning devices
- Courtesy printers
- Incandescent desk lamps
- Alternative Mouse Systems & Keyboards
- Note-taking tools
- Voice amplification devices
- Grammatical and Spell check support devices
- Ergonomic seating solutions including height-adjustable desks and chairs
- Ergonomic workstation accessories
- Digital recorders
- Adjustable laptop stands
- Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (September to May)
- Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (June to August)
Current BCIT students registered with the Accessibility Services are able to access the Lab. Faculty and Staff are welcome to come in and look at the equipment and discuss options with the Accessibility Services.
Booking for Lab use is recommended. Please contact us at 604-451-6963 to book your time.