Assistive technology enables students with disabilities to compensate for and minimize educational barriers imposed by their specific disability. It also promotes independence among students with disabilities, which is one of the three fundamental tenets of PMC’s philosophy. As such, we try to promote the use of adaptive technology by students with disabilities as much as possible. We try to achieve this goal by:
- Making assistive equipment available on loan to students who are registered with the PMC
- Having two locations, the Joy Maclaren Adaptive Technology Centre and the Learning Centre, from which students with disabilities have access to a wide range of adaptive technology
- Making Bursary money available to OSAP-eligible students to purchase their own adaptive technology equipment
- Ensuring that at least one computer workstation is accessible for students with disabilities in some of the CCS computer labs.
- Providing technology or technical solutions as needed to suit a specific disability need
Assistive Equipment Loans
Among the equipment the Paul Menton Centre loans are:
- Laptop computers for tests and exams
- Digital voice recorders
- FM systems
- Equipment to help visually impaired students view lectures or write tests and exams
Procedure for Borrowing Equipment:
Students discuss their adaptive equipment need/request with a PMC Coordinator, specifying the length of time and reason for the request. If approved, the equipment is lent to the student after a loan agreement is completed and signed. The maximum borrowing period is one academic term which is renewable. Equipment for tests and exams are loaned only on the day of the test or exam and are to be returned directly after.
Assistive Technology Centres
Joy Maclaren Adaptive Technology Centre – 232 MacOdrum Library
Students referred by the Paul Menton Centre have access to a wide range of assistive equipment, facilities, and services at the Joy Maclaren Adaptive Technology Centre (JMC). The JMC has 6 workstations from which students have access to various software applications (word processing and spreadsheets), connect accounts, the Campus Network, CD-ROM research resources, large screen monitors, adjustable-height computer tables,voice recognition software, screen magnification, screen reading and a scanner.
Before using the equipment and services at the JMC, it is recommended that students become familiarized with the Guidelines for the Use of the Joy Maclaren Adaptive Technology Centre. In-depth instruction is available by appointment on all adaptive devices.
The JMC also provides a quiet study environment and is open during regular Library hours. Student Attendants are available in the Centre to provide individual assistance during the fall/winter session. During the spring/summer session, students may obtain help by appointment with Heather Cross, the coordinator of the JMC.
The JMC is used for exams in exceptional cases only; students must contact the Paul Menton Centre for arrangements. There is a wheelchair available in the Centre for Library use only. Please see the Policy for Use of the Library’s Wheelchair. If you are interested in a tour of the JMC, please contact Heather Cross 613.520.2600, ext. 8186.
PMC Learning Centre – 512 University Centre
Our assistive technology lab was built with the funding for Enhanced Services for Students with Learning Disabilities. The Assistive Learning Lab features computer workstations with 22″ monitors. Each computer system is equipped with regular office and internet programs (i.e. MS Word or Internet Explorer) run under Windows XP and various assistive technology software. They include text-to-speech (Kurzweil), speech recognition (Dragon), and mind-mapping software (Inspiration).
A scanner and a laser printer are available for student use. Each workstation is equipped with a microphone headset for text-to-speech or speech recognition uses. The centre provides dedicated support from the Assistive Learning Technologist and his assistants.
The Assistive Learning Centre is open Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 8:00 p.m during the Fall/Winter terms and 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. during the summer.
Contact: Assistive Learning Technologist, Jason Goveas, 613.520.2600 ext. 2242.
Computing and Communications Services (CCS) has three lab sites that are each equipped with an accessible computer workstation. Each workstation has a large 21″monitor, an electrical adjustable table, an enlarged-letter keyboard, key guard, and Zoomtext.
These computer workstations are designed to meet the needs of the majority of students with disabilities, particularly those with mobility and dexterity impairments, learning disabilities, and low-vision problems. These workstations can be found at the following sites:
- Room 309 A, St. Patrick’s
- Room 250 B, Loeb Building
- Room 403, MacOdrum Library