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Abstract In 1997, the government of Ontario initiated the Learning Opportunities Task Force (LOTF) to investigate supports that would help students with learning disabilities to access and be successful in postsecondary studies. Cambrian College was chosen as a pilot site to offer a unique program for students with complex learning disabilities who were under-prepared for postsecondary studies. Some of these students had attempted postsecondary education, but they were not successful. Since the beginning of the LOTF initiatives, Cambrian College has developed a transition to college program designed to meet the individual learning needs of these students. The curriculum for this …

Abstract In 1997, the government of Ontario initiated the Learning Opportunities Task Force (LOTF) to investigate supports that would help students with learning disabilities to access and be successful in postsecondary studies. Cambrian College was chosen as a pilot site to offer a unique program for students with complex learning disabilities who were under-prepared for postsecondary studies. Some of these students had attempted postsecondary education, but they were not successful. Since the beginning of the LOTF initiatives, Cambrian College has developed a transition to college program designed to meet the individual learning needs of these students. The curriculum for this …

Many students with learning disabilities (LD) have difficulties with reading and writing despite the fact that they have average to above average intelligence. In addition, these students can also struggle with spelling and the quantity of written output, more so than their peers. Luckily, there is assistive technology (AT) today that can help these students to read, to learn and to understand. AT can help students with LD to compensate for reading and writing difficulties by building on students’ strengths and compensating for processing difficulties (Forgrave, 2002). Yet, many question whether the financial investment in assistive technology is justified. What …

Assistive technology (AT) can help students with learning disabilities to read, write and spell. Research shows that assistive technology can not only help these students in their academic pursuits, it can be a lifeline for them to obtain and maintain gainful employment (Hasselbring & Bausch, 2005). There are many teachers who have tried to use assistive technology with students with learning disabilities (LD), yet some of these students did not want – or even refused – to use it. Other students used the technology for a while; then they stopped using it altogether. This often causes some to believe that …