The Special Needs Opportunity Window (SNOW) is conducting a research project to identify the current trends in technology-supported education and the needs of educators, students and parents on effectively using technology for inclusive learning practices. This research study is being done to help guide the development of new resources on the SNOW website, to make sure that its content is relevant and up-to-date.
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It is with mixed emotions that we are saying goodbye to the longest serving member of the LDAO staff team, Karen Quinn, our Director of Operations. Karen has been part of LDAO for nearly 38 years and has served in a number of capacities during her long and distinguished tenure.
A new survey is hoping to learn about the types of job accommodations, modifications, and benefits young people with disabilities require when transitioning from school to work. Young adults with disabilities are asked to complete a 15 minute confidential online or mobile survey about the workplace supports they might need to help find and/or maintain employment. Students, as well as those who are employed, not employed, or looking for work are invited to participate. If you choose to take part in the survey, you will be entered into a draw to win an Apple iPad mini.
Participants needed for study of how Students with Reading Comprehension Difficulties Make Sense of what they Read
This study is for students in grades 9 and 10 that have difficulties with reading comprehension. Over two sessions of about 90 minutes each, participants will complete reading and thinking activities, including the use of graphic text (words and images together). Students that experience difficulties in reading comprehension but not in fluency (pace of reading) or word reading are eligible to participate in this study. To download the Letter of Information about the study, click HERE. For more information, feel
Ministry announces pilot projects to strengthen student supports following publication of Demonstration schools consultation report.
The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO) applauds the Ministry of Education on its response to the Consultation on Provincial and Demonstration Schools, and congratulates The Strategic Counsel on a thorough and well-written Consultation Report. The Ministry commitment to “pilot intensive reading intervention projects in school boards” is very welcome, and is in line with the recommendations made by LDAO over the last few years, as research continues to support the need for intensive evidence-based interventions, especially in reading, for students with learning disabilities. >> Read more
Last spring we posted a link to a Special Education Needs Survey which was collecting data for a project by Horizon Educational Consulting and a Pro Bono Law student from the University of Ottawa. The project was to provide a report and recommendations to the Minister of Education and the Ombudsman regarding special education needs in schools and school boards.
Many of our local LDA chapters run summer programs or summer camps. Check out the websites for our chapters at: www.ldao.ca/lda-in-canada/ldao-chapters/
Students with learning disabilities who are going from secondary to postsecondary education can benefit greatly from attending summer transition programs funded through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development. Some colleges and universities in Ontario run programs for their own incoming students, and there are at least a couple of programs that are open to students attending other postsecondary institutions. See: Postsecondary Summer Transition Programs 2016 The Regional Assessment and Resource Centre (RARC) has created a practical resource document for
The International Dyslexia Association is offering a free webinar series on Dyslexia. The first webinar will take place June 14th at 4:00 pm EST and again on June 15th at 10:00 am EST Listen and interact with internationally respected reading teacher and educator, Patricia Mathes, Ph.D., as she Explains the causes of poor reading; Reviews evidence of how reading changes brain structure and function; and Shares instructional components that address differences in the dyslexic brain and strengthen key areas of