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Survey on technology in the classroom, for students, parents and educators

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.

Survey on the Work Accommodation Needs of Young Adults with a Disability

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

Survey Report – Access to Special Education in Ontario

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.

Are you looking for a summer program?

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/

Transition to Postsecondary

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

Free webinars on Dyslexia

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

Special Education Needs Survey

You are invited to participate in a 5 minute anonymous survey at the link below to help collect data for a project that Horizon Educational Consulting is working on, which will provide a report and recommendations to the Minister of Education and the Ombudsman regarding special education needs in schools and school boards.

Free ADHD webinars available from ADDitude website

A wide variety of webinars are available. For most you just need to register with your name and email address. There is also a free App available from iTunes.

Cambrian College offers online programs and courses on Learning Disabilities, Mental Health, and Math, beginning in January, 2016.

Cambrian College Continuing Education department offers online post-graduate certificate programs for Learning Disabilities Specialists at the postsecondary level. Individual online courses offered include: Understanding Mental Health for Students: Supporting Family and Friends - HEA1005. Supporting Staff and Students with Mental Health Issues - HEA1033. Winning at Math: Math Strategies - TEA1001