Assistive Techology

Universal Access to Assistive Technology?

… means students no longer need formal diagnosis and documentation in order to start benefiting from technology supports.  Fort McMurray Catholic Schools, through the use of student Google accounts and the increased presence of digital tools in the classroom is able to allow students a range of technology learning supports, such as:

  • text-to-speech
  • digital dictionaries
  • speech-to-text
  • listening to audio books
  • video profiles of student work

Assistive Technology for Learning (ATL) Defined:

Assistive Technology for Learning is the devices, media, and services used in learning environments to overcome barriers for students with learning, physical, sensory, cognitive, speech or behavioural needs to actively engage in learning and to achieve their individual learning goals.

What does ATL do?

  • allows students to complete work at their current ability level
  • creates opportunities for differentiation of material and instruction
  • supports success for every student in an inclusive classroom setting
  • supports students in achieving Alberta curriculum learning outcomes or individual learning goals

What areas of need are supported by ATL?

  • reading, writing, math, vision, hearing, memory and organization

ATL isn’t just digital devices:

  • it includes iPads, Chromebooks, and computer
  • it also includes: visual timers, picture symbols, pencil grips, fidgets, picture prompts, math manipulatives, sensory rooms, raised line paper, headphones and FM systems
  • many of these items are available to all students and used regularly in classrooms

What ATL does Fort McMurray Catholic Schools offer?

  • universal supports as noted above
  • individual consultation for students to help meet ISP goals
  • support in training staff and students in the application of ATL


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