Assistive Technology Skills

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Technology is everywhere in education and home life. Assistive technologies provide access to information for learning, social interaction or leisure. We have come to rely on technology for many forms of our daily communication and productivity tasks.

Click on the logo on the right to go to our resources page for Assistive Technology Skills. 

Assistive technology skills include knowing how to

  • operate and maintain devices
  • navigate operating systems
  • decide which device to use for different tasks.

As a follow up to our original guide for supporting students with visual impairments using Microsoft Teams, we have created two guides that are focused on input devices for iOS with VoiceOver - a QWERTY keyboard or a braille display with six-key entry.  VoiceOver Navigation in Microsoft Teams with a Braille Display VoiceOver Navigation in Microsoft Teams with a QWERTY Keyboar ...

Many teachers are using the Microsoft Teams app on iOS devices with their students. The PRCVI outreach team has spent some time testing the app with VoiceOver and determining the most efficient strategies for navigation using gestures. This first guide covers general navigation of the app with VoiceOver commands. VoiceOver Navigation in Microsoft Teams (PDF) ...

With many students using iPads to access online curriculum resources, we have created some guides to how to use VoiceOver features that may be helpful.Two guides cover how to use and customize the VoiceOver rotor. The rotor feature allows for rapid navigation around the screen, rather than having to move through every on-screen item searching for the needed content. VoiceOver ...

With the growing number of online meetings that students are participating in nowadays, they may need to share their screen with their teachers or other meeting participants. For students who use VoiceOver on iPads/iPhones, we've created a couple of guides that navigate the process for screen sharing during online meetings in Zoom or Microsoft Teams.  VoiceOver Screen Sharing ...

Many school districts throughout the province are implementing Microsoft Teams for distance learning. Teams is quite accessible to blind and visually impaired students, but information on how to set up Teams for students can sometimes be hard to find. We've created some resources to help TSVIs in getting their students up and running with Teams. Below are several reference doc ...

Every student who uses Windows will encounter menus in their daily computer use, both offline and online. Navigating these menus with a screen reader can seem complex at first, but once a student has the skills to navigate menus, they can use these skills across many different programs. Learning to navigate menus also allows students to discover shortcuts for new programs or fr ...

The PRCVI outreach team has had a few requests this school year for assistance with students that are having a difficult time seeing what teachers are presenting to the class when projecting their screens from computers or tablets. Finding an in-class solution resulted in an online solution.   We were invited to help find a screen casting solution whereby students could have a ...

With the provincial response to the COVID-19 pandemic continuing to unfold, we know that regular services for students with visual impairments in K-12 will be disrupted as a result of the suspension of in-class instruction for all learners. At this point in time, students and educational teams are still on March break and the process of developing guidance for providing continu ...

The newest version of NVDA contains several new features that are helpful for teachers. These new features provide visual on-screen feedback of the keyboard focus and braille output. Focus Highlight The Focus Highlight feature can eb used to highlight where the current keyboard focus is on screen. Focus Highlight highlights the system focus (normal keyboard focus, such as i ...

Windows 10 contains many more features for people with low vision than previous versions of Windows! Int his post, we’ll outline the features that could be helpful to students with low vision and link to helpful resources. Since these are all built-in to Windows, they can be set up on any computer with no additional cost or software. Learn more about all the features outlined ...

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