Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology at the OAS


Note-Taking Assistance

Smartpens (loan program)

Record everything you write, hear or say. Replay your meetings or lectures simply by tapping on your notes. Transfer your notes and audio to your computer via USB cable and Livescribe Desktop will save everything for fast, easy access to what’s important. Easily share your notes and audio recordings as a Pencast PDF or audio file.

Forte Portable Note-Takers (loan program)

From simple note taking to advanced writing and communicaton support, the Fusion is designed to assist a wide range of ages and abilities. Over 20 support features and programs, all available at the touch of a button.

Programs: Text to Speech, Word Prediction, Calendar, Keyboard Instruction, Math Assistance

Text to Speech

Kurzweil 3000 (licensing program)

Access text anywhere, anytime with a cloud-based library. Human-quality text-to-speech & reference tools enable students to read at, or above, their proficiency level, which is essential for English Language Learners, Veterans, students with dyslexia or dysgraphia, and students who are blind or visually impaired.

Victor Readers (loan program)

The Victor Reader Stratus continues the legacy of HumanWare’s 13-year history of developing simple, easy-to-use audio book players. All Victor Reader Stratus models feature large, tactile, high-contrast keys, a built-in speaker and headphone jack, and self-voicing controls, making it simply the friendliest audio book player around.

  • Plays DAISY and MP3 books and music on CDs, SD cards, and USB flash drives
  • Includes a 12-key number pad for direct navigation allowing to reach specific heading, page, folder, or file numbers
  • Built-in text-to-speech to play computer text documents
  • Support additional media sources, including USB flash memory and an SD card

ClassMate Readers (loan program)

The ClassMate Reader is a unique, portable and lightweight system about the size of a portable gaming system with a large LCD screen. Students can listen to the audio version of their textbooks and study materials, while following the highlighted text on screen. This portable system is ideal for students in any learning setting, including the classroom, resource room, library, extended learning programs and at home. The system promotes phonetic recognition and fluency and will significantly boost the support of teachers who work with students who are dyslexic.

Speech to Text

Dragon NaturallySpeaking (in-house use)

Dragon is the world’s best-selling speech recognition software. It turns your talk into text and can make virtually any computer task easier and faster. From capturing ideas and creating documents, to email and searching the web, to using simple voice commands to control many of the popular programs you use every day at home, work – and beyond.

Windows Speech to Text Program  (in-house use)

Text-to-Speech (TTS) capabilities for a computer refers to the ability to play back text in a spoken voice. TTS is standard on computers using Windows 7.


ZoomText Software Program (in-house use)

ZoomText Magnifier is an advanced screen magnification program that enlarges and enhances everything on the computer screen, making your computer easier to see and use. Features crystal clear xFont magnification, customizable enhancements to on-screen colors, pointers, and cursors, an enhanced Web Finder for easy searching and navigating on the web, and so much more.

Optelec Magnifier (in-house use)

Desktop magnifier with large screen (see photo).

Apple Products

iPad Minis (in-house use)