Our Assistive Technology Solution
OSSTF/FEESO is committed to making education work better. That’s why we are pleased to offer a new way of enhancing educational engagement, and to set an important precedent for unions in Canada. By joining the eSSENTIAL Accessibility coalition of organizations empowering people with disabilities, OSSTF/FEESO is committed to creating a more inclusive experience at osstf.on.ca.
Install free assistive technology.
What It Is:
The eSSENTIAL Accessibility app is a suite of assistive technologies, including keyboard, mouse and touch replacement solutions to help individuals with physical disabilities navigate the website with ease. The app features hands-free face tracking, voice activated controls, visual click assist, on-screen keyboard and text-to-speech.
Who It’s For:
eSSENTIAL Accessibility’s app can be used on a standard PC* or Android device by anyone with dexterity challenges or reading difficulties arising from a variety of conditions, including:
- Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
- Parkinson’s Disease
- Cerebral Palsy (CP)
- Age-related factors
- Mild visual impairment
- Limited proficiency in English
- Literary deficiencies
- Other learning issues
* Using a Mac? Learn about using eSSENTIAL Accessibility on an Apple computer.
How It Works:
The eSSENTIAL Accessibility assistive technology app is easy to use and can be activated in moments.
To download the eSSENTIAL ACCESSIBILITY app please ensure your computer meets the following system requirements: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista SP1 or Windows XP SP3.
View the Windows user manual: PDF and HTML
To download the eSSENTIAL ACCESSIBILITY mobile app, please ensure your device meets the following system requirements: Android v. 7.0 or higher
View the Android user manual: PDF
App-related questions or comments can be directed to eSSENTIAL Accessibility:
Phone: 1 (866) 333-3909
eSSENTIAL Accessibility’s comprehensive accessibility solution helps us meet customer service, employment, and information and communication standards mandated by the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act (AODA).
OSSTF/FEESO is proud to be a Founding Member of this Disability Community Involvement Initiative, launched in association with leading advocacy groups for the disabled. It brings us one step closer to mirroring our society's diversity in the people we employ and serve.
We are continually working to make our web content and online resources accessible as part of our online inclusion efforts. We are committed to providing a website that 1) features Assistive Technology for individuals who have trouble typing, gesturing, moving a mouse or reading and 2) is built with accessibility in mind so that no one with a disability is left behind.
We have partnered with eSSENTIAL Accessibility to assist in adopting and implementing procedures to the relevant portions of the World Wide Web Consortium’s Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 Level AA (WCAG 2.0 AA) as the web accessibility standard for our Websites and continue to make such compliance of our Websites a key focus.
OSSTF/FEESO continues to work with its accessibility partner to conduct periodic Website accessibility audits and to incorporate ongoing and specific recommendations to facilitate and strengthen accessibility for its sites and conformance with current WCAG 2.0 AA standards.