CanAssist at the University of Victoria is dedicated to helping people with disabilities improve their quality of life, with a focus on promoting independence and inclusion.Our talented team develops innovative technologies and programs where there are gaps in existing services. We work with the exceptional students and faculty at UVic, along with partners in the wider community.


The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA)

The Alliance for Technology Access (ATA) is the national network of community-based Resource Centers, Developers, Vendors, and Associates dedicated to providing information and support services to children and adults with disabilities, and increasing their use of standard, assistive, and information technologies.


Assistive Media

Assistive Media opens up the world of reading to people with disabilities by listening to on-line recordings of famous books and stories. This is a free service.


Community-Building On The Web

Community-Building On The Web is a book by Amy Jo Kim about on-line communities and bringing people together by the Internet.


Free Basic ZoneAlarm Firewall

Founded in 1997, Zone Labs is a leading creator of endpoint security solutions and one of the most trusted brands in Internet security, protecting millions of PCs from risks posed by hackers and data theft. The company’s award-winning endpoint security product line is deployed in global enterprises, small businesses and consumers’ homes, protecting them from Internet-borne threats.


Computer Viruses how stuff works

HowStuffWorks is widely recognized as the leading source for clear, reliable explanations of how everything around us actually works. Through the flagship Web site, a popular series of books, an acclaimed kids’ magazine, as well as many other ventures, the award-winning company has helped demystify the world for millions of curious people.

CNET,, is the trusted source of information for millions of technology consumers around the world. Winner of countless awards, CNET harnesses the power and promise of technology to enrich our professional and personal lives. CNET provides expert and unbiased advice on technology products and services to inform users and expedite purchasing. Integrating an extensive directory of more than 200,000 computer, technology, and consumer electronics products with editorial content, downloads, trends, reviews and price comparisons, CNET gives users the most up-to-date and efficient shopping resources on the Web.


Adobe Reader DC

Get this free download of the latest version of Adobe� Reader DC is free software that lets you view and print Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) files on a variety of hardware and operating system platforms.


Adobe Flash Player

Adobe Flash Player is the high-performance and highly expressive client runtime that delivers powerful and consistent user experiences across major operating systems, browsers, mobile phones, and devices. Flash Player enables organizations and individuals to build and deliver great digital experiences to their end users.


Adobe Shockwave Player

Shockwave Player is the web standard for powerful multimedia playback. The Shockwave Player allows you to view interactive web content like games, business presentations, entertainment, and advertisements from your web browser.


The International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI)

Founded in 1998, The International Center for Disability Resources on the Internet (ICDRI) is a non-profit center based in the United States and designated as a 501 (c)(3) entity. Our overarching vision is the equalization of opportunities for persons with disabilities. As an internationally recognized public policy center organized by and for people with disabilities, ICDRI seeks to increase opportunities for people with disabilities by identifying barriers to participation in society and promoting best practices and universal design for the global community. ICDRI’s mission includes the collection of a knowledge base of quality disability resources and best practices and to provide education, outreach and training based on these core resources.

With our aim is to provide you with the simplest method of downloading the newest versions of the best software – without the usual excessive popups or spyware and without the low quality software.


Bargain Bytes New & Used Computer Systems

Bargain Bytes New & Used Computer Systems has served the Central Fraser Valley Area since 1995. We are committed to customer satisfaction, building high performance systems at bargain prices. Our qualified staff will build a custom system based on your needs.


The Dasher Project

This site about people with disabilities can now write hand free. Dasher Project is about people that can’t write on a keyboard they are developing for disabled users, using a computer.



Spectronics has information on all kinds of new computer technologies for individual adults with disabilities.


Designing More Usable Websites

This website is a goldmine on designing more usable web access tools for people with diabilities. Check out the latest software available if you want your computer to read to you.


Information, products and services for disabled people

This site is an Internet Resource for people wirh disabilties. It has the latest news, events, and gossip coming out of the United Kingdom.


Disability Radio World Wide

For the first time in history the experiences of people with disabilities can be heard on radio and internet around the world.


Dragon Naturally Speaking 12

The world’s most popular and best selling speech recognition software for personal, business or enterprise use.

For many people with disabilities, especially those who live in rural areas, online access is the key to finding the information they need. It is a fully accessible online centre for developing communities of interest; complete with over twenty years’ worth of resources and connections.



You can check out the latest and greatest available computer hardware, software, and aids to fit your specific needs, interests, and goals.


Enabling Technologies

This website has information on how to use Assistive Technology with students as well as links to other projects.


Microsoft Accessibility Technology For Everyone

Microsoft is dedicated to developing technology that is useable and accessable to everyone including those with people with disablities.


RealPlayer cloud

It’s social. It’s portable. It’s the new RealPlayer cloud . And it’s perfect for playing and sharing video with your friends and followers on Facebook and Twitter. You’ll also be happy to know it works easily with your favorite flavors of Blackberry, iPod, iPhone and game systems.


Ad-Aware with antivirus

Ad-Aware gives you comprehensive malware protection. With real-time monitoring, threat alerts, and automatic updates you can rest easy knowing that you are protected. Shop, bank, and make travel arrangements online – We keep you safe from password stealers, keyloggers, spyware, trojans, online fraudsters, identity thieves and other potential cyber criminals. Control your privacy – Erase tracks left behind while surfing the Web – on browsers such as Internet Explorer, Opera, and Firefox – in one easy click. Get Peace of Mind – Know that your personal information is kept safe from dangerous intruders and prying eyes.



Skype is software for calling other people on their computers or phones. Download Skype and start calling for free all over the world.


Yahoo! Messenger

More Features Instant message with one friend, or conference in a bunch All-new Insider with Yahoo! Mail, news, weather, search and more Easily find or invite friends from other services to come chat with you Send text messages (SMS) to friends’ mobile phones for free* Make free PC-to-PC calls and PC-to-phone calls for as low as 1¢ a minute (plus free voicemail!) Use the built-in media player to watch web videos and view photos with friends.



SUPERAntiSpyware Professional features our highly advanced Real-Time Protection to ensure protection from installation or re-installation of potential threats as you surf the Internet. Used in conjunction with our First Chance Prevention and Registry Protection, your computer is protected from thousands of threats that attempt to infect and infiltrate your system at startup or while shutting down your system.


USA TechGuide

A Web Guide to wheelchair and assistive technology choices, wheelchair views and reviews, and related information and articles. Promoting user involvement in the selection of appropriate assistive technology.



iTunes is an audio player for playing and organizing digital music files, and purchasing digital music files in the FairPlay digital rights management format.


Winamp 5.666

Nullsoft Winamp is a fast, flexible, high-fidelity music and video player for Windows.


Windows Media Player

Windows Media Player for all Windows offers great new ways to store and enjoy all your music, video, pictures, and recorded TV.


AVG Anti-Virus Free

Surf, and search with confidence, while LinkScanner® keeps you safe from harmful sites Get online and offline protection from viruses, spyware, and other nasties Enjoy consistently high-speed PC performance with our new enhanced virus scanner Automatic updates keep your protection current Compatible with Windows XP, Vista, and Windows 7 and windows 8 and 8.1.


Computer Comfort Learning Program

Are you interested in learning more about computer skills? There is an online course with the Computer Comfort Learning Program and anyone with disabilities can take this course. They teach computer skills up to the intermediate level. You even learn the ins and outs about PowerPoint. Excel is another program that can be useful. They do an intake over the phone and ask questions to know what disabilities you have, how skillful you are on the computer and what your goals are so they can find a volunteer who is the best fit to help you. The program is funded by the BC government and other agencies. They send you free headphones so you are able to talk to your personal tutor.
The courses are free and it is a great starting point for adults with disabilities to develop basic computer skills. It is geared to self-paced working and is client-centered. They provide ongoing technical support. This is a great option to participate from your own home or a community site. All the volunteers are computer tutors and you work once a week on your own.
Self-determined goals include Microsoft word, Windows, Microsoft office software, e-mail, internet and social networking, just to name a few.
Neil Squire Society uses a computer program called The Blackboard and lessons are for about 2 hours, once a week. For all who are interested, check out Neil Squire Society in BC. This program is based in BC but people can access it from all over Canada.



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