As part of the Gr8 Transitions Program, RARC would like to assess the long term benefits of adaptive technology use in students with specific learning disabilities.
Students enrolled in the Gr8 Transitions Program will be randomly selected for 8 weeks of in-school adaptive technology training or offered the same training at TECHsmart Adaptive Technology Summer Program.
Adaptive (or assisstive) Technology (AT) is a generic term that includes any piece of equipment that is used to increase efficiency, maintain function, or improve the capability of individuals with disabilities. These tools can help them to achieve greater independence and to enhance their quality of life. The selection of appropriate assistive technology can be guided by the students' learning profiles which is determined through their psychological assessments. The most effective technology will assist these students in compensating for any functional deficits, allowing them to perform at levels which are closer to their learning potential.
Listed below are some common examples of AT:
If your child is selected for training their Resource Teacher will be contacted to schedule the training sessions at a time that would be most beneficial for the student.
Selected students will be asked to complete an initial AT survey and one per month of training after that. As well, students who receive training will need to attend one extra, 2 hour testing session at the conclusion of the 8 weeks or summer program.
Training will be based on the individual needs of each student. Our adaptive technology specialists come equipped with the most up to date computer software. Training will be customized to fit the strengths and needs of each student according to their learning profile.