Hello, and thanks for visiting the AT @ EMSB site!
The site is organized into resources in these categories: Universal Design for Learning, Literacy/numeracy support, AAC, AT and Evaluation, AT guides and Lending Library. In each category there are sub-categories in which you can access videos, information documents, screenshots of the tools, and training resources.
Assistive technology is “any item, piece of equipment, software program, or product system that is used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of persons with disabilities.” (Assistive Technology Industry Association, 2018).
At EMSB, we are using the Universal Design for Learning framework for implementation of assistive technology. For an introduction to UDL, check out:
- This resource for families.
- This resource for schools.
With a focus on increased accessibility, we aim to break down barriers for our students with accessible educational materials (AEM). Please see this video for a great explanation of AEM.
Based on evidence-based practice in AT, we look at the student’s learning needs first. The selection of assistive technology is the last part of the process and is based on the individual student, using the SETT framework. We use assistive technologies that are multi-device and multi-platform. We work with our students one to one and in the classroom, and also with teachers, support staff, families and non-teaching professionals.
We’re out and about every day in our schools, but drop us a line anytime. We love hearing feedback about new assistive technologies! Our contact information is here.
Best wishes for an assistive tech-filled year!
-Andrea Prupas, Olivia Colalillo, & Elisa Mei-Farina