Assistive Technology

Assistive technology is any software, equipment or system that enhances learning, working and daily living for individuals with disabilities. At Student Accessibility Services, we can connect you with the technology and tools you need to succeed at McMaster.

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Library Accessibility Services (LAS) is another helpful assistive technology resource on campus.

Library Accessibility Services

Accessing assistive technology

At Student Accessibility Services, we’re committed to ensuring you can make the most of university learning. This includes working with you to access the technology you need inside and outside of the classroom.

There are many examples of assistive technology that can help students with disabilities. Here are some examples:

  • Screen readers
  • Magnifiers
  • Tactile or Braille materials
  • Tablets
  • Specialized computer navigation tools like mice or keyboards
  • Scribe or transcription software
  • Adjustable desks, chairs and other furniture
  • Headsets and microphones

Note: If you’ve registered with Student Accessibility Services and you’re unsure which type(s) of assistive technology could support your learning, contact your SAS program coordinator.

After you register with Student Accessibility Services, your program coordinator can help identify if you require personalized assistive technology support. Then, they can refer you to the assistive technologist as necessary.

The assistive technologist can help you explore a range of technology-based solutions to help you access information, study, complete academic work and more. Types of support may include:

  • Training on software and hardware assistive technology
  • Adapting technology to maximize efficiency and effectiveness
  • And more

Note: Remember to bring your medical documentation and any current assistive technology to your appointments with the assistive technologist.

You can access a variety of assistive technology on campus through Library Accessibility Services. Some software are available throughout the libraries, while others are only available in the Computer Accessibility Technology Spaces (CATS) or Consultation Room.

Some examples of the technology you have access to include:

  • Screen readers
  • Motorized height-adjustable tables
  • Light-sensitive tablets/monitors
  • Scribe devices
  • Large print keyboards
  • Magnifying devices

Visit the Library Accessibility Services’ Assistive Technology page to learn more.