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Designing Accessible Classroom Websites

Do you have your own classroom website, or do educators in your school have their own websites? When these websites are designed, is there thought being applied to those students who may have accessibility challenges? Students with learning disabilities (LDs) are not the only students who may have difficulty accessing online content, so it is good practice to design with accessibility in mind. The LD@school team has put together some background information on why designing accessible classroom websites is important, as well as some simple steps educators can take to ensure they are designing websites that can be easily navigated by everyone.

Effective Parent-Teacher Partnerships: Considerations for Educators

Educators and parents generally agree that positive, supportive and open relationships between home and school, parent and teacher are desirable. Additionally, research has shown that parent engagement and successful parent-teacher partnerships result in improved educational outcomes for students (Ministry of Education, 2010), and this is especially important for students with learning disabilities (LDs). So what can educators and administrators do to help facilitate a positive partnership?

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What should I do to ensure a successful meeting with parents of my students with LDs?

Collaboration between the educator and parents is an essential ingredient to student success. Parents are a valuable source of information about their child and the way in which learning disabilities (LDs) affect their child outside of school.

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How do we best identify and support students with LDs who are also English language learners (ELLs)?

When a student with learning disabilities also happens to be an English language learner, the issues surrounding identification and intervention can be quite complex. Careful consideration as to programming is key – this student will continue to require support in English language acquisition as well as receiving appropriate special education intervention and support. The following are generally considered to be key components of a differentiated program for students with LDs who are ELLs:

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LDAO Chapters: Local Services for Students with LDs

By Diane Wagner, BA, Grad. Dip. Child Study, LD@school LD Expert The Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario (LDAO) is represented in local Ontario communities by 15 LDA chapters. Chapters vary from small volunteer-run groups to chapters with several staff and more than one location. Each chapter has its own board of directors and supports representatives [...]

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What are the most important things I need to know about my students with LDs?

Answered by Diane Wagner, BA, Grad. Dip. Child Study, LD@school LD Expert The short answer is that your students with LDs can learn, if they are taught in ways that fit with their profile of strengths and areas of weakness, or ‘needs’. It is as important to know your students’ strengths as it is to [...]

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Strategies to Assist Students with LDs

By Diane Wagner, BA, Grad. Dip. Child Study, LD@school LD Expert A strategy is a plan that not only specifies the sequence of needed actions, but also consists of critical guidelines and rules related to making effective decisions during a problem-solving process. Strategy instruction centers on how to use skills optimally to solve problems (Deshler, [...]

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Tips for Working with Students with Nonverbal LDs

By Diane Wagner, BA, Grad. Dip. Child Study, LD@school LD Expert The term Nonverbal Learning Disabilities (NVLD) is used to describe a cluster of difficulties that primarily affect non-language areas.  The article What are Nonverbal Learning Disabilities describes some common features and the progression of difficulties in students with NVLDs. Click here to read the [...]

Learning Disabilities and Diversity: A Culturally Responsive Approach

Eve Dufour, M. Ed., Producer, French Educational Content for the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario, LD@school Social Identity The demographic of students that attend Ontario schools is incredibly diverse and educators have a responsibility to ensure the inclusivity of all students. In 2014, the Ontario Ministry of Education published Equity and Inclusive Education in Ontario [...]

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Explicit Instruction: A Teaching Strategy in Reading, Writing, and Mathematics for Students with Learning Disabilities

Explicit instruction involves using highly structured and sequenced steps to teach a specific skill. With this approach, the educator intentionally aims to teach students with learning disabilities using a series of actions in three main stages.