Assistive Technology: Volunteer Support for LD Students

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Lee-Ann Scott

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Overview

Dear Volunteers,

Thank you for your interest in learning assistive technology (AT) to support all learners. The training is self-paced and at the end, you will have the knowledge needed to assist students in any classroom.

Later in the school year, the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board will offer a hands-on workshop on Read&Write Google and Google Chrome software for all active volunteers.  You will receive information from me about these workshops once the dates are confirmed. 

This self-paced training consists of several resources for you to review. Start with the numbered modules on the left menu and complete the quizzes and assignments for each module, where applicable. Please note that there are assignments for questions 1-10 and 26-30. All must be completed to receive your certificate of completion.  You will be taken to different websites to watch videos, provided with reading material to review and links to download software trials. 

If you need a certificate of completion for your portfolio after you have completed the AT training, email me with the correct spelling of your first and last name for the certificate. 

After you have completed the AT training, you should volunteer to see the very real challenges and successes teachers and students face while using AT.  There are many technological issues with the equipment and there is quite of bit of technology abandonment to the determent of the student but the benefits far outweigh the challenges.  You will be able to help students succeed using technology by offering your new skills. To volunteer, register if you have not already done so on our website www.onfe-rope.ca/ovie/application   

Outcomes:

  • Better understanding of the different types of assistive technologies and how they offer independent and academic support for student with learning disabilities and English language learners.
  • Knowledge of learning strategies to help all students
  • Experience and knowledge of the accessibility laws and rights of students with disabilities
  • Teacher specific information for those who want more training
  • Hands-on experience
  • Job readiness for those wanting to be educators or assistive technology trainers
  • Knowing you can make a difference in a child's life by being their champion.

Length of Time: The time you take to complete the entire course is personal as those who want to work in Education take the time to fully understand the information which can take several days.  The typical timeframe is approximately 20 hours. 

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