Hear about how assistive technology helps in the classroom.
The Assistive Technologies Support Initiative has produced a series of videos for students designed to show how AT can help them with tasks such as reading, writing, and editing. These short 3-5 minute videos are also recommended for parents and anyone who supports student learning. They can be found in the Students Video section.
Resources for Volunteers
Learning Assistive or Learning Technology is a lengthy but rewarding process. Not only will you be able to support students that need your help, you will learn 21st Century learning technology skills that you can use at home or work. If you are considering a career in teaching, learning assistive or learning technology will help you be more marketable!
Have you ever watched the FAT City Video?
- If not, borrow a copy from your local library or Learning Disabilities Association.
“HOW DIFFICULT CAN THIS BE?” The F.A.T. City Learning Disability Workshop by Richard Lavoie
F.A.T. City stands for the Frustration, Anxiety and Tension which comes from living with a learning disability.
Rick Lavoie’s resources will change your perspective and help you help your child.
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.
The Landmark College website is a wonderful resource for volunteers, students and parents. The site includes a summary of each learning technology with videos and PDF files to download.
If you are interested in learning more about Assistive or Learning Technology and how to support students with learning disabilities these resources are well recognized by educators.
For volunteers interested in becoming teachers, Learning Strategists, or Assistive Technology trainers Cambrian College offers online courses. At a minimum take the Understanding Learning Disabilities course. These online courses are also recommended to parents with children with learning disabilities.
ONFE Ottawa Volunteers in Education:
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.
Training for Volunteers
The ATSI Volunteer Training Workshop Toolkit is for use in any school board, learning disability association or other non-profit organization to train volunteers to support students who use assistive technology. The toolkit is meant as a suggested low cost “train-the-trainer” model using the newly created ATSI videos located on this website and existing online support. Non-profit organizations can download the Powerpoint presentations and modify them to train volunteers in your own community schools.
The ATSI workshop will allow you to get familiar with some assistive technology software programs and learning strategies currently being used in education to support identified students. The workshop will also provide you with the background, training and ideas on how you can support students that use AT, and how you can support teachers that want help implementing AT into their classrooms.
You will receive a broad knowledge of assistive technology and related learning strategies used in elementary and high school educational settings.
- Background and relevance
- Overview of AT
- Overview of Learning Strategies and AT
- Technology Training in Kurzweil 3000, Dragon NaturallySpeaking
- Links and Organizations
The toolkit is flexible and can be used as a self paced model or in a group setting. The workshop includes reviewing the ATSI videos, along with self paced learning and suggestions for additional training.
ATSI Training Outline (PDF Document) is to help you get organized and advertise your AT training event.
If you want to organize a parent AT training event at you school, visit the Volunteer Training page.
If you would like to enhance this training workshop by offering your own training tips and resources, please contact Heather Kotelniski at firstname.lastname@example.org
ASTI Volunteer training Part 1
The Assistive Technology Support Initiative Volunteer Training Toolkit Part 1 provides:
- Background on ATSI
- Volunteer support and training
ATSI Volunteer Training Part 2
The Assistive Technology Support Initiative AT Training for Parents Part 2 PowerPoint Presentation (176 KB) is meant as a cost-effective “train-the-trainer” model to train volunteers and others to support students who use AT.
Applied Learning Disability Specialist (LDGC)
This program will provide the necessary framework for individuals interested in acquiring the skills and training required to take on the role of educator for students with learning disabilities. This program has two streams, enabling course participants to specialize in either the Learning Strategies or the Assistive Technologies stream. This course may be of interest to both parents and educators.
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