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Centre for Students with Disabilities

Serving students who experience learning, ADHD, autism spectrum, mental health, medical, deaf/hard of hearing, mobility/functional and visual disabilities.

Faculty and students talking at the launch of the Inclusive Design Research Institute at OCAD University. Photo by Christina Gapic.

Adaptive and assistive technology


Adaptive technology is any technology that helps people overcome barriers posed by a disability all with the goal of increasing students' independence and academic success. Through meeting with one of the Adaptive Technologists at the Centre for Students with Disabilities you may be introduced or reacquainted with the following technology:

Screen readers

Kurzweil 3000 uses a combination of audio and visual feedback as well as built in reference tools that allow users to improve reading fluency and comprehension. In essence, it is capable of reading your textbooks to you while you follow along or, alternatively, you can export the file to an MP3. It also assists with studying by allowing students to use a combination of bookmarks, voice notes and coloured highlighters which can be easily extracted.

Voice dictation programs

Voice dictation programs allow anything you say to be typed into many applications in your computer. At the CSD we use the following programs: Dragon NaturallySpeaking (PC) and Dragon Dictate (Mac)

Time management tools

-Outlook
-Entourage
-iCal

OCAD University Workstations

The following workstations are available on the OCAD U campus (as of August 2010) with priority use by students registered with the CSD.

Library Quiet Room

113 McCaul St.

PC with:

  • Windows XP
  • Microsoft Office
  • Internet Access
  • Kurzweil 3000
  • Scanner with Automated Document Feeder (for use with Kurzweil)
  • Inspiration
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking

Workshop Space in the Centre for Students with Disabilities

2nd Floor, 51 McCaul St.

Three PCs with:

  • Windows XP
  • Microsoft Office
  • Internet Access
  • Kurzweil 3000
  • Scanner with Automated Document Feeder (for use with Kurzweil)
  • Inspiration
  • Dragon NaturallySpeaking

Three Macs with:

  • OSX 10.4
  • Microsoft Office
  • Internet Access
  • Kurzweil 3000 Scanner (for use with Kurzweil)
  • Inspiration
  • ViaVoice, MacSpeech

Several are also equipped with program specific software.

These machine work on a first come first serve basis and are available for student use Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

If you need help learning how to use any of these programs or tools, feel free to book an appointment with the CSD Assistive Technologist. Appointments can be booked through the Assistant at 416-977-6000, Ext. 339 or csd@ocadu.ca.