For any technical issues regarding the activation of your my.ryerson account, D2L Brightspace, or any Ryerson applications; please contact the Computing and Communications Services (CCS) Faculty and Staff Help Desk.
We have included information for diverse needs, but many of the resources listed below are primarily for blind or low-vision users who use assistive technologies like screen readers.
On this page:
- Recommended browser and assistive technology combinations
- Creating your Ryerson Online Identity
- Popular browser bookmarks
- Allowing pop-ups
- D2L Brightspace
- G Suite
- Feedback and accessible format requests
- Help and support
It is recommended to use the latest version of your preferred browser and assistive technology while navigating Ryerson University websites and online systems. We recommend any of the following browsers and assistive technology combinations:
- JAWS with Internet Explorer
- JAWS 2018 with Firefox ESR
- NVDA with Firefox ESR or Google Chrome
- Apple VoiceOver with Apple Safari
- ZoomText with Firefox ESR or Internet Explorer
- Dragon NaturallySpeaking with Internet Explorer or Google Chrome
Your first step as a new Ryerson student, faculty or staff member is to activate your online identity. Your Ryerson online identity grants you an account to access online resources such as your online courses, G Suite, and the my.ryerson portal, which includes the Ryerson Administrative Management Self Service (RAMSS) system for course enrolment.
The online identity activation form includes a short Ryerson Computing Guidelines Quiz that consists of 8 true or false questions. If accessing the form using a screenreader, it is recommended to navigate line by line once you are in the main content area. If you are experiencing any problems completing this form using an assistive technology, please contact us through our accessibility feedback form.
After creating your Ryerson Online Identity, it is highly recommended to opt-in to G Suite. G Suite is a collection of web-based applications for online collaboration, organization, and productivity tools by Google. Google is dedicated to ensuring all G Suite products are accessible for everyone.
You can opt-in to use Gmail by completing the following:
- Log in to the my.ryerson portal with your my.ryerson username and password.
- Under the Self Service section, click on Personal Account.
- Under Preferences section, click on Opt Into Ryerson Gmail.
When you opt-in, you will immediately be switched from RMail to Gmail. All new email will go to your Gmail account.
We recommend adding the following bookmarks to your browser for convenient access.
- my.ryerson.ca - The my.ryerson portal includes access to various online resources, including G Suite and RAMSS.
- courses.ryerson.ca - Access all of your online courses on D2L Brightspace.
- gmail.ryerson.ca - Send and recieve all communications with your Ryerson Gmail.
- calendar.ryerson.ca - Find out what time and where your classes are on Google Calendar.
- drive.ryerson.ca - Backup and access all of your files in the cloud using Google Drive.
- AAS Online Services - View or send your accommodation letter or book a test exam with Academic Accommodation Support.
For security reasons, some applications are required to open in a pop up window. In order to access your online courses, RAMSS and eHR, you must enable pop ups in your browser. It is highly recommend enabling pop ups specifically for https://my.ryerson.ca, as opposed to enabling all pop-ups, whenever possible.
On the same page that the pop-up was blocked, you should recieve an alert that says "Notification bar requires response, press alt + n". You can either press alt + n keyboard combo, or hit the tab key to place your cursor on the "Allow once" button. Tab again to "Options for this site" dropdown, then select "Always allow" and press enter.
On the same page that the pop-up was blocked, you should recieve an alert that says "Firefox prevented this site from opening a pop-up window." To allow pop-up, navigate to the "Options" button located just before web content. Select the dropdown menu item that says "Allow pop-ups for my.ryerson.ca" and press Enter.
On the same page that the pop-up was blocked, navigate to the browsers toolbar, and press Enter on the "Pop-ups were blocked on this page" button. Select the radio button that says "Always allow pop-ups and redirects from https://my.ryerson.ca". Then tab to the "Done" button and press enter.
Unfortunately, there does not appear to be a way to allow certain websites to open a pop-up window. Therefore unchecking this setting will allow pop-ups for all websites. To allow pop-ups, navigate to "Preferences". Then tab to "Security" button and press enter. Tab to "Block pop-ups" checkbox, and ensure it is unchecked.
D2L Brightspace is Ryerson's learning management system. It is where you can find all of your online courses and organizations. For the most up-to-date documentation and navigation help, we recommend visiting D2L's Accessibility and Navigation pages. Some relevant topics include:
If you are using a screen reader with G Suite, Google recommends to use the following screen reader and browser combinations:
- JAWS or NVDA with Firefox ESR
- Apple VoiceOver with Google Chrome
- ChromeVox with Google Chrome if using Chrome OS
For the most up-to-date documentation and navigation help, we recommend visting G Suite user guide to accessibility., external link Some relevant topics include:
- Use Gmail with a screen reader, external link
- Use Google Calendar with a screen reader, external link
- Edit documents with a screen reader, external link
- Video: Get started with Google Drive using a screen reader (19.5 minutes), external link
For specific questions, Google also has a disability support team that you can contact by email. The support team is available at firstname.lastname@example.org and you will receive an answer by a support representative within 72 hours.
Ryerson’s Administrative Management Self Service (RAMSS) is a self-serve portal containing all information pertaining to Academics, Student Fees, Financial Aid, Personal Information, and Admissions. Once logged into the my.ryerson portal, select the RAMSS tab in the main navigation area.
RAMSS will open in a new window titled “Student Center”. The most effective way to navigate contents within this window is to navigate by link or to use the search function. For navigation help, please visit the RAMSS screen reader guide.
For any feedback and questions on the accessibility of a specific website or document, including accessible-format requests, please email email@example.com or complete the accessibility feedback form.
If you are a student registered with Academic Accommodation Support and require an accessible alternative, please visit the Library's Accessible Format Production page.