What is Assistive Technology?
- Assistive Technology (AT) is equipment, software, and devices that allow people to perform tasks that they were formerly unable to perform, or had great difficulty performing.
- In an educational setting, AT enhances accessibility and promotes academic success for students with disabilities.
- Examples include: screen reader software, text-to-speech software, speech-to-text software, mind mapping software, enlarged font keyboards, ergonomic keyboards, track ball mice, LiveScribe smartpens, iPad/iPhone, calculators, wheelchairs, reading rulers, and eye glasses.
Assistive Technology on Campus
- Specialized software programs and equipment are located on designated NDC and EDC library computer work stations, as well as in the Student Support Services Assistive Technology computer labs (NDC – D110 and EDC – P210).
- In-Classroom Equipment – students requiring AT in the classroom are required to meet with an RRC Counsellor to determine eligibility and accommodations. The Counsellor and the Assistive Technologist will work with the student to determine what technology is required in the student’s classrooms and/or computer labs.
- Examples of in-classroom equipment:
- Adjustable desk
- Examples of computer lab equipment:
- ZoomText software
- Enlarged font keyboard
RRC Assistive Technology Eligibility and Process
Steps to receive Assistive Technology support
- Make an appointment with a Counsellor in Accessibility Services.
- Provide, to the Counsellor, documentation that confirms a disability and supports the use of AT. See the information regarding RRC documentation guidelines
- Approved students will then be referred to the RRC Assistive Technologist who will conduct a brief AT assessment, demonstrate various types of AT, and make AT recommendations.
- Once you have obtained the assistive technology*, the Assistive Technologist will provide you with training to ensure you feel comfortable using the equipment.
*Students are responsible for purchasing assistive technology that will assist them during their course of studies at RRC. Accessibility Services assists students in securing funding through government grants/programs, when applicable, to purchase the assistive technology.
Students are encouraged to contact Counselling and Accessibility several months in advance to ensure all AT training and supports are in place prior to the start of classes.