Assistive Technology

All TDSB staff and students have access to the Read and Write suite

for all browsers and on any device.

This includes the full version of Read and Write for Google Chrome, which can be accessed at home or at school by logging into Chrome using TDSB credentials.

Please see Home Installations for more information.

Assistive technology are tools that enable students to access school life and to perform tasks as independently as possible.

The TDSB has a wide-range of assistive technology options that are available to all students.

Available Chrome apps and extensions:

Please note that the Read and Write Extension for Google Chrome will automatically appear once logged in for all Students and Staff. Other extensions will need to be added through the TDSB Chrome Store. Instructions are embedded in each section to support the adding of the extension.

Read and Write is designed to provide literacy support to all students for completing reading, writing and research tasks. All teachers, staff and students have access to the full suite of Read and Write tools in Chrome, Windows and Edge. Read and Write can also be used with Mac, iOS and Android devices.

Mindomo is an Online Graphic Organizer tool which allows students to create mind maps online, either collaboratively or independently. Students can embed video, voice recording and images to support their thinking along with many other features.


PDF Reader allows teachers and students to open PDF documents with the Texthelp PDF Reader using the 'Open with' directly within Google Drive. This redirects you to Texthelp's PDF Reader Chrome extension, allowing you to quickly and easily open PDF documents.

Screenshot Reader can read aloud any text on the screen. In particular, it can read aloud text used in images or any application, even if this text is not accessible, for example, inaccessible Flash.

Software Available on TDSB SEA Computers:

Read and Write is designed to provide literacy support to all students for completing reading, writing and research tasks. Teachers and students have access to the full suite of Read and Write tools in Chrome, Windows and Edge. Read and Write can also be used with Mac, iOS and Android devices.

Boardmaker Studio lets you create print materials and communication boards, with visual communication symbols, pictures and graphics. There are templates available to create interactive activities for students.

Clicker 6 is an easy to use writing support and multi media tool that provides fast, on screen grids, with or without sound and pictures, for writing with letters, whole words and/or phrases. Teachers can download a copy of this software for home use.

ActivInspire is used to create lessons on interactive whiteboards. It can be used with whole class, small group and/or independent work. It provides multiple means of action and expression. Teachers can download a copy of this software for home use. Parents/students can also download a home version.

Smart Ideas is a graphic organizer program that supports students by helping them organize information prior to writing. It uses symbols, images, colour and multimedia. Teachers can download a copy of this software for home use.

Dragon Naturally Speaking is a speech to text software program that converts spoken words into text. A User Profile must be created using your voice so that the computer recognizes your voice and what you are saying. Once an accurate user profile (voice file) has been created, Dragon can be used with other applications that you would normally type into.

The above software is available on all SEA claim computers.

All software can be added to any Windows-based TDSB computer by requesting through ServiceIT