Assistive Technology

A website designed for TDSB students, educators and parents.

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Available Chrome apps and extensions:

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 (when signed in with their TDSB accounts) 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.

*Please note that the Read and Write Extension for Google Chrome will automatically appear once logged in for all Students and Staff.

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.

OrbitNote allows teachers and students to open all PDFs. Once the file is opened, the toolbar appears directly in the PDF allowing users to access the reading, writing and annotation features directly in the PDF.

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.

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WeVideo is an online video editor which allows teachers and students to make a variety of media presentations. Students can get creative making podcasts, videos, green screen videos, voice overs and more!

Use the WeVideo Screen and webcam extension to conveniently record your screen and create videos.

✔ Record your screen and webcam individually or at the same time

✔ Record your microphone for voiceovers

✔ Use your cursor to highlight what’s important

✔ Draw on your screen using marker tools

✔ Save directly to Google Drive

✔ Send directly to the WeVideo editor to add music, crop, use green screen and more!

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Boardmaker 7 is a tool to create, edit and share symbol-based and visual resources and activities that support communication, early academic and life skills.


BM7 Consists of three components:

  1. Boardmaker 7 Editor: is software/app that needs to be installed that allows the educator to create individualized visual supports and interactive activities.

  2. Myboardmaker.com: educators can use the website Myboardmaker.com to add students to their roster and assign activities to students.

  3. Boardmaker 7 Student Center: is software/app that needs to be installed; where students are able to access individualized interactive activities.

BM7 is an updated version of Boardmaker Studio

Software Available on TDSB Windows 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.

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.

Software can be added to any TDSB Windows-based computer through ServiceIT

iPad Accessibility:

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There are many built in accessibility features that allow students to use an iPad more independently. Accessibility features support vision, physical and motor, hearing, and learning needs.

To learn more about the built in iPad accessibility features (e.g., Guided Access, Assistive Touch and Spoken Content) please visit the the TDSB Assistive Technology iOS Accessibility Google Site.

Other programs with specific licencing requirements:

Lexia Core5 Reading is a web-based, blended learning program that tailors instruction to students' specific literacy needs using a structured literacy approach for students in K to grade 5.

Lexia PowerUp is a web-based, blended learning program that tailors instruction to student's specific literacy needs using a structured literacy approach for students in grade 6 - 12.

The ALL Reading Program is an evidence-based approach designed to teach basic reading skills to nonverbal students who require augmentative and alternative communication (AAC). Students can learn using the access method that works best for them: touch, eye gaze or scanning.

Clicker 8 and Clicker Writer Apps are appropriate for early or emergent readers or writers. Students can use writing grids or the keyboard to write with auditory feedback, picture support and word prediction. Clicker is highly customizable to meet student needs and also offers alternate access methods (e.g. switch scanning, eye gaze).

Helpkidzlearn Games and Activities is a website with over 200 activities to develop skills required for students to use alternate access methods such as joysticks, switches and eye gaze. Activities range from cause and effect, targeting, timing, and choice making acitivities.