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ONFE supports students with disabilities at the post-secondary level

4 January 2017 / Bénévoles dans l’éducation d’Ottawa (BDEO)

New online resources help post-secondary students succeed

OTTAWA, January, 2017 – Just like a pair of glasses can help us see more clearly, assistive technologies can make tasks such as reading and writing much easier for students, especially students with certain learning disabilities.  The Ottawa Network for Education (ONFE) has expanded its popular Assistive Technology Support Initiative (ATSI) website with new videos and resources customized for college and university students. The new website was launched on December 3rd in time for the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. 

This comprehensive website offers fully accessible and bilingual resources that help students learn about tools and strategies to support key tasks such as reading, taking notes and time management.  With everything from videos to links to downloadable applications and online training, the website provides a central location for students to enhance their skills and help reach their full academic potential.

“As someone who has helped students use assistive technology tools and also uses them myself, I think the ATSI website is a great way to introduce a variety of tools and strategies so students can identify what works best for them,” said Stacey Laviolette, University of Ottawa student and host of the English videos. 

ONFE developed the ATSI as a way to achieve synergy with the formal education system in order to enhance the academic success of students using computer-based assistive technology.  The post-secondary resources were developed in consultation with Algonquin College, Carleton University, La Cité collégiale and the University of Ottawa. The new resources compliment ATSI’s existing website for elementary and high school students launched in October 2010. 

These sites support ONFE’s vision of creating a network of education and community partners committed to helping students at all levels reach their potential, “We are so excited to have launched these new resources in support of students on their journey to post-secondary success and are grateful for the support of the funders who have embraced this program,” says Kathryn McKinlay, President and CEO, Ottawa Network for Education.
ATSI is sponsored by the Trillium Foundation, Cowan Foundation, the Inukshuk Fund, Microcomputer Science Centre Inc, Northern Micro, the University of Ottawa and an anonymous donor. 

The ATSI program was recently honoured with a 2011 Citizen Advocacy Celebration of People Award. These awards recognize programs that demonstrate leadership and commitment in providing and promoting inclusion and accessibility for people with disabilities in education programs or activities. 

To visit ONFE’s Assistive Technology Support website, go to www.onfe-rope.ca/AT.