To support an environment of inclusion with improved implementation of the principles of Learning for All, WCDSB prioritized G-Suite accounts for all Chromebooks having Google Chrome Read and Write extensions ensuring universal access to technology. Snapverter technology access for all students ensures PDF files are readable allowing students to independently access the curriculum. All school desktops and laptops at WCDSB have the Kurzweil Network License as well as Word Q (word prediction software).
Board-maker on-line is available to all schools, allowing customization of early literacy and numeracy activities. Professional learning for implementation and monitoring of assistive technology tools and augmentative technology communication tools are available for all special education teachers. Specifically targeted student and teacher technology in-servicing occurs for all students with Special Equipment Amount (SEA) claims.
WCDSB Student Services staff offered large group training sessions throughout the 2016-17 school year to all support staff and teaching staff. More than 25 professional learning sessions were offered to WCDSB staff by the Assistive Technology Resource teacher (SEAC coordinator) and some were offered in conjunction with the board’s Speech and Language Pathologists. More than 300 on-site assistive technology training sessions were held for staff and students with SEA claims.