Welcome to the Assistive Technologies “Staff Room”!

As educators, you have both a desire and obligation to provide students of all abilities with unrestricted access to the curriculum, and for many students, assistive technologies (AT) are an essential tool for doing so.

It is with that goal in mind that we have created this web resource for you – the classroom teacher. We have assembled materials to assist you with the task of making your classroom a place where all students can learn, no matter what their individual challenges. The site includes a series of brief videos, several instructional modules and a wealth of resources and web links that cover every topic from IEPs to tutorials on the use of assistive technologies and software. It is not our goal to make you an expert in these areas, but we hope that you will be able to access enough information to get you started and to help you make the most of new opportunities in your accessible learning environment.

We also invite you to browse through the students and parents sections, where you will find materials geared to those groups but of interest to teachers as well… Enjoy!

Featured Testimonial

Hear about how assistive technology helps in the classroom.

Video Resources

Implementing Assistive Technology in the Classroom:

Discovery, Planning and Assessment

Implementing Assistive Technology in the Classroom:

Making the Classroom Inclusive.

Implementing Assistive Technology in the Classroom:

The Impact of Assistive Technology

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Parent Engagement

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Professional Development

Resources for Teachers

Mathematics and Disabilities Handbook: Your Guide for Students with LD, ADHD, TBI and Wounded Warriors eBook can now help you with more students with different disabilities and render up-to-date advice to faculty, disability services providers and administrators on helping students with disabilities.

The Learning Disabilities Resource Guide is a fantastic resource for volunteers, educators and parents. It’s considered “the best resources out there” to help match assistive technology and learning strategies to the student’s strengths and weaknesses.

This is a fantastic site Canadian about Attention Deficit Disorder with great video clips – makes you laugh, but gives you great information too.

SNOW is the branch of the Inclusive Design Research Centre at OCAD University that focuses on inclusive education and learning. This Canadian site provides information and training for educators, parents and students with disabilities on technologies for learning both in and out of the classroom as well as promote understanding of inclusive practices.

The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario is the provincial association representing the interests of persons with learning disabilities throughout Ontario. Their website offers resources for people with learning disabilities, as well as for parents and teachers.

Ottawa Catholic School Board Assistive Technology Support Website This site describes many of the software programs used by the school board. The information provided is very practical and includes product descriptions, tips, links to tutorials, and more.

The Ontario Institute for Studies in Education site provides information for understanding Ontario’s requirements for Individual Education Plans.

TeachADHD This website focuses on classroom strategies for students with ADHD. It was developed by the Hospital for Sick Children (Toronto).

Ontario Ministry of Education This site provides resources on understanding and teaching students with special needs – there are separate sections for educators, parents and students.

Alternate Education Resources Ontario (AERO) – The mandate of AERO is to provide alternate format text to students who attend publicly funded educational institutions in Ontario. AERO enables students with perceptual disabilities to access educational materials in a format they require and in a timely manner.

Alberta Education, Assistive Technology for Learning – Highlights Alberta’s approach to AT implementation, including some examples of leading practices.

Teacher Training

Assistive technology, or AT for short, can help ensure that all students are able to access the curriculum and do so with more independence than was possible in the past. Depending on their past roles and training, some teachers have had more experience with AT than others. These short learning modules were designed as an introduction for educators who may be new to using assistive technologies in the classroom. To begin, Click here.

Help improve our content

Your help to improve and add content to this site is appreciated. Your organization will be given credit for all contributions you want to share: tip sheets, training manuals, websites, etc.

Please send your contributions and ideas to:

Adriana Johnston
Program Manager, Volunteer Programs
900 Morrison Drive, Suite 205
Ottawa, Ontario K2H 8K7
Tel: 613-366-3085 ext. 259