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Adaptive technology

Adaptive technology helps people with disabilities and other impairments live and interact easier.

Some common types of adaptive technology:

  • text entry by voice recognition
  • text reading by scanning hard or digital copy, converting to real text and then to synthetic speech
  • software that identifies potential errors in spelling, grammar, confusable words and homophones
  • text to portable audio file formats
  • audio recording, that records your lectures using your own non-disruptive audio recording device, such as phones and laptops
  • screen and document enlargement
  • math by voice data entry
  • handwriting recognition

Adaptive video & audio content

Video and audio content is accessible through:

  • subtitles: a synchronized translation of spoken words into text, sometimes in a different language
  • transcripts: documented records of all speech or audio in a video
  • captions: a synchronized translation of all important sounds, including speech, music and noise. Captions can be part of the video (open) or separate from the video and only included when wanted (closed)

Adaptive technology tools

UVic's Centre for Accessible Learning (CAL) has a number of adaptive technology tools you can access to support your learning.

Adaptive technology on campus

UVic has a number of spaces on campus to access adaptive technology:

Need help?

We can help you find the right tools for your learning needs.

Please email CAL's adaptive technologist or call 250-472-5483 for an adaptive technology consultation. We can also provide some training on using adaptive technology software and apps.