The Assistive Technology Program (AT Program) is intended to provide students with disabilities access to a variety of enhanced technology needed to achieve academic success. Students registered with AES with a disability are able to receive services through the AT Program either on an ongoing, or on an as need basis.

Grant funding

If you are a student with a documented permanent disability, you may be eligible to receive grants to help offset the cost of specialized education-related services and assistive equipment through your home province Student Loan program.


If you do not have access to a scanner, many smartphones offer that capability either through apps such as Microsoft OneDrive or the built-in iOS Notes App.

Read&Write Software

Read&Write is an easy-to-use add-on software for PCs and Macs that supports reading, writing, studying, and research. The software is free to all University of Saskatchewan employees and students to download to their personal device. The software makes the web, documents, and files more accessible - any time, any place on any platform or device.

With Read&Write you can:

  • Hear text read aloud to improve reading comprehension, with a choice of natural voices.
  • Understand unfamiliar words with text and picture dictionaries.
  • Highlight and copy text from documents and web pages to create study guides, outlines or complete assignments.
  • Supports writing skills with word prediction.
  • Turn text from documents and web pages into MP3 sound files for listening on the move.
  • Check writing and grammar mistakes with proofreading tools.

Assistive Technology Rooms

Murray Library

The Murray Library at the University of Saskatchewan has an Assistive Technology Room, located on the ground floor of the Murray Library (Room G19). The room is open during regular library hours and is available on a drop-in, first come-first served basis.

Students may also book either of the two workstations located in the AT Room during library hours.

Occasionally, AES books this room for examinations. If the room is booked, a notice will be posted on the door, outlining the booking times. Students will be asked to leave if the room is needed for an exam.

Workstation A

  • 22” flat screen monitor
  • USB headset
  • JAWS for windows
  • ZoomText magnifier/reader
  • Audio graphing calculator
  • Inspiration Software
  • ABBYY Fine Reader
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • Kurzweil 3000

Workstation B

  • 22” flat screen monitor
  • USB Headset
  • Inspiration Software
  • Dragon Naturally Speaking
  • ABBYY Fine Reader
  • Kurzweil 3000

Other hardware/software available

• Big Keys keyboard and keyguard
• Wireless trackball mouse
• Portable CCTV (can borrow for classroom use only)
• Classical Literature CD (available at the Reserve Desk)
• Kurzweil 1000

Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library

The Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library at the University of Saskatchewan has an Assistive Technology Room, located on the second floor of the Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Science Library (Room 2440).

The primary purpose of this room is for exams and meetings with academic advisors, but will also be used to help students become familiar with assistive technology.

For more information about this room, please email aesassistivetech@usask.ca

Recommended Assistive Technology for Student Purchase

AES has found that certain types of assistive technology work especially well for students who have disabilities. Often, funding for this equipment can be obtained from the Canada-Saskatchewan Study Grant. We recommend:

Electronic/Alternate Format Textbooks:

Electronic textbooks allow students with print disabilities to more easily access the printed word. E-texts can be read on a computer screen or converted to audio by text to voice software. Audio books are also considered alternate format and can be listened to via CD or MP3 format.

Tablet PCs:

Compact and lightweight, tablet PCs are similar to laptops but have pressure sensitive swivel screens that can be written on with styluses. They also have built-in digital recorders for sound.

Paper-Based Computer Pen:

Livescribe Smartpen records and links audio to what a person writes using the pen and special paper. It enables the user to write notes while simultaneously recording someone speaking. The user can later listen to any section of his notes by touching the pen to his corresponding handwriting or diagrams.

Screen Readers:

ZoomText MagReader enlarges text with high definition clarity and allows users the option of having their documents read aloud.

Jaws for Windows reads information on your computer screen aloud, including Microsoft Office Documents and web applications.

Text to Voice Software and Devices:

Kurzweil 1000/3000 reads electronic text aloud. Kurzweil 1000 is most commonly used by visually impaired and blind students. Kurzweil 3000 is helpful to students who have learning disabilities, as it provides reading, writing, and study skills solutions.

Voice to Text Software:

Dragon Naturally Speaking converts your spoken words to written text. It has an accuracy rate of up to 99% and requires no script reading or voice training. You can use the program to assist you while writing documents, emails, instant messages, and even while surfing the web.

Word Recognition Software:

WordQ is a user-friendly word prediction software application that offers word suggestions as you type; it also provides spoken feedback to help with spelling, grammar, and punctuation. It is used in conjunction with word processing programs such as Microsoft Word.

Idea Mapping Software:

Mindview is a “mind mapping” software that assists users in organizing their thoughts in order to better plan, research, and complete projects. Graphic flowcharts allow users to visualize their work.

Getting Help

Access and Equity Services is here to assist individuals requiring accommodations based on disability, religion, family status and gender identity.

The following services are available to students registered with Access and Equity Services: