Assistive Technology

Assistive technology comes in many forms: e-readers, voice-recognition software and screen-enhancing magnifiers are only a few examples.

Assistive technologies are designed to:

  • reduce or remove barriers to help you achieve your academic and personal goals
  • provide equitable access to information and support
  • assist or refine your academic performance

Whether you are already using tools to support your academic success, you may also wish to explore the options presented below:

Software and apps

Text-to-speech

 1. Read&Write for Google Chrome

2. The Immersive Reader

Speech-to-text 

1. Voice Typing in Google Docs

2. Read&Write for Google Chrome

Note taking

1. Notability

2. Microsoft OneNote

3. Sonocent Audio Note Taker

4. Screen Recorder

Built-in Accessibility Features 

1. iOS

2. Android

3. Windows

Hardware

  • Optelec CCTV video magnifier to enlarge text and graphics for those with low vision
  • Ergonomic chairs
  • Adjustable desk for students who may need to stand instead of sit during exams and tests
  • Large computer screens for students with limited vision
  • High speed computer and scanners for creating alternate format texts
  • Use of a computer and word processors
  • Noise-blocking headphones

Other

  • A free online version of Grammarly is available to all UPEI students.

We provide training on, and access to, some forms of assistive technology for all students. Please contact the Adaptive Technologist, Lori Silvaggio Cummings at lcummings@upei.ca for details.

Financial assistance may be available to purchase Assistive Technology (see Canada Student Grant for Students with Permanent Disabilities).