Computer Access & Assistive Technology
We offer the free use of three public computers and a printer, as well as a number of Assistive Technology (AT) software programs and devices, to people with disabilities.
The Victoria Disability Resource Centre (VDRC) believes in making everyday activities as accessible as possible for persons with disabilities. We have several pieces of assistive technology (AT) and computer software to help, such as:
- Three public computers available for use. Search the internet, look for jobs, check your email and print off your documents on our public laser printer
Window-Eyes, a computer screen reader for people who are blind or with low vision – available on two of our public computers
- Magnifier, a standard Windows program for people with low vision
- Perkins brailler, a “braille typewriter” for people in need of a printed braille document
- Speech Recognition, a standard Windows program for people who are blind, with low vision, or other impairments to type out a document using their voice
Available to try out by appointment
- LipSync, a mouth operated joystick that allows a person to control a computer cursor with a minimum of head and neck movement. This device can also be used on any touch screen tablet or smartphone
- Dragon Naturally Speaking 14, speech recognition software that listens to your voice to type documents and control your computer
- JAWS, a powerful screen reader program that reads information on your screen using synthesized speech. JAWS provides many useful commands that make it easier to use programs, edit documents, and read web pages
- Zoomtext, a program that assists low-vision computer users with magnification and color changing technology. It also can include a reader, so that people can listen to content instead of reading it
- WordQ, one of the leading programs for those with difficulty writing. With word prediction, spoken feedback, and speech recognition it can make it easier to write on your computer or on the web
- High contrast keyboard, with bright yellow keys and large printing for people with low vision
- Articulating Arm Rest, an articulating ergonomic support for elbows, forearms, and wrists while computing. It reduces strain on the neck, relaxes the shoulders, and prevents tension or strain
- Cook Magic Talking Microwave, for people who are blind or with low vision — come heat up your lunch!
- Ergonomic footstool, for people with back pain or who require extra support when sitting
Interested in something not on our list? Wondering if there’s a piece of AT that would work for you? Want to try out some of equipment to see if it’s a good fit?
If you have any questions about our equipment or about assistive technology in general, please contact our reception at firstname.lastname@example.org, or (250) 595-0044 and they will put you in touch with our Learning and Technology Coordinator.