Academic Success

Student Accessibility Services

Assistive Technology

What is Assistive Technology?

Assistive Technology (AT) refers to hardware, software, devices, tools, and strategies that support individuals in a variety of ways. Within the educational setting, AT supports learners by providing alternative ways of accessing or interacting with their course materials (example: text-to-speech, enlarged font, ergonomic devices).

Access to Assistive Technology

RRC Polytech is proud to have various Assistive Technologies available to all students. Students who require additional AT or specialized support are encouraged to book an appointment with an Accessibility Specialist when they apply to their program.

Note: Students are responsible for purchasing specialized AT, however Student Accessibility Services will support students to explore funding options or government grants/programs that may be able to cover all, or part of the cost.

Technology Available to All Students

Reading Supports

  • Read&Write – An application with supports for reading, writing, and so much more!
  • Kurzweil 3000 – The main feature of Kurzweil 3000 is text-to-speech, but Kurzweil has so many other features that also help with comprehension, writing and studying.
  • Immersive Reader – A free set of tools developed by Microsoft built into the latest versions of Word, OneNote, Outlook, Teams, and Edge (among other applications).
  • PDF Files in Edge – How to use Edge to read and take notes on PDFs.

Writing Supports

  • RefWorks – Simplifies the process of research, collaboration, data organization, and writing by providing an easy-to-use-tool for citation, bibliography, and reference management.
  • Microsoft’s Editor – An artificial intelligence (AI) powered service that not only reviews your work for you to check for spelling and grammar, but also checks for refinements such as clarity, conciseness, formality, and vocabulary (among others).
  • Collections in Edge – A more in-depth and organized way of saving webpages that you frequent often, or want to save to revisit at a later date.
  • Voice Dictation – Did you know that the majority of people can speak up to three times faster than they can write? Try using voice dictation and see if it saves you time when completing written work!
  • Graphic Organizers (in Kurzweil 3000) – Help you to organize your thoughts, group ideas together, develop a flow to your paper, or even be repurposed to help you develop a timeline or a plan to help keep you on track.
  • Graphic Organizers + Voice Dictation – Combine Graphic Organizers in Kurzweil along with Voice Dictation in Word as a recipe for success to help you organize and write down your thoughts!

Notetaking Supports

  • OneNote – A digital three-ring binder allowing you to take notes, edit your notes, use Immersive Reader to listen to your notes, add in images and visual content, and more, across all of your courses, throughout your program.
  • PDF Files in Edge – How to use Edge to read and take notes on PDFs.
  • Voice Dictation – Did you know that the majority of people can speak up to three times faster than they can write? Try using voice dictation to dictate what you want written in your notes (outside of class that is). Not only should this help you get those notes written faster, but provide you with another means of interacting with that same information (and the more ways you interact with the same information, the stronger connections you’ll make in your mind to recall that information).

Organization Supports

Task and Time Management Supports

  • Microsoft To Do – Helps you to conveniently organize your tasks in one place, and access that to-do list from multiple device.
  • Brightspace Pulse – With the Brightspace Pulse app is that you are able to visually see, across all of your courses, important dates for the week (month, etc…).
  • How to log into Brightspace Pulse
  • Syncing your LEARN and Other Calendar
  • Digital Sticky Notes – are an updated version of the trust office staple post it notes! Use digital sticky notes to remind of you tasks, assignments, your to do list, or even a positive affirmation or motivational quote.
  • Time Management Skills (ASC) – the Academic Success Centre has a self-directed LEARN tutorial that is designed to help you manage your time, make healthy choices, and prioritize your tasks.

Other Tech Supports

  • Technology Literacy (ASC) – Is a self-directed tutorial designed for students that provides basic skill development for using College-approved applications, including LEARN, HUB, Webex, MS Teams, and Office 365. 
  • Tech Peer Tutors (ASC) – Help you familiarize yourself with a specific College application and help you gain the basic-foundational tech literacy skills you need to be successful online.
  • Accessibility Features in WebEx – Inclusion and accessibility features of WebEx that you can enable yourself.
  • Captions and Subtitles in PowerPoint – Add real time captions in either the language you are presenting in, or translated into another language.
  • Speaker Coach – Allows you to record yourself presenting, and provides feedback and suggestions on a variety of elements.
  • Visual Ergonomics – Different setting, features, and suggestions to potentially reduce headaches and eyestrain from computer use.
  • Fun Features of Microsoft Word – explore how different features of Microsoft Word can help save you time and make Word easier to use!
    • Part 1 – focus mode, search, keyboard shortcuts, and quick parts
    • Part 2 – translate, (more) keyboard shortcuts, and Immersive Reader
    • Part 3 – Quick Access Toolbar, Styles in Word, Navigation Pane, Emailing a Word or PDF document

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