SRDC Assistive Technology Survey

The Social Research and Demonstration Corporation (SRDC) – a Canadian non-profit research organization – is currently conducting a study on behalf of the provinces of British Columbia, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island and the Canada Student Loan Program, Permanent Disability Working Group. The project is being led by BC’s Ministry of Advanced Education to better understand the use of assistive technologies (AT) to facilitate access to higher education for students with disabilities across Canada.

AT is any item, equipment, software, or system used to increase, maintain, or improve the functional capabilities of a student with a disability to help address barriers to education.

We are seeking current post-secondary students who use AT to volunteer for a 30-45 minute interview. Our interviewers will ask you your opinions and experiences about:

  • Disability services and support utilized by you to facilitate your access to post-secondary education
  • Types of AT currently available, their role in supporting academic curriculum delivery, and their effectiveness in facilitating your participation in post-secondary education
  • Processes used at your school to assess the suitability of AT and identify devices that best meet your needs

Interviews will be scheduled between December 2016 and January 20, 2017 at a time and date convenient for you. Your information will be kept confidential and anonymous. By completing the interview, you will be eligible to enter a draw for a $250.00 pre-paid Visa card.

To volunteer for an interview, please USE THIS LINK TO SHARE YOUR NAME AND CONTACT INFORMATION WITH US:

https://websurvey.srdc.org/s/AT_PSE_Student_Interviews/?l=en

For more information, please contact Jacey Payne (SRDC Research Associate) at jpayne@srdc.org or 587-890-8425.

 

Social Media Use Survey

Investigators from George Brown College and the University of Ontario Institute of Technology, with the assistance of the National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS), are conducting a study to learn how university and college students with disabilities use online communities and what their needs are related to these tools.

The purpose of the study is to assess post-secondary education (PSE) students with disabilities’ uses and needs related to online communities (e.g., social networking tools such as Twitter and Facebook) and electronic mentoring (e-mentoring) opportunities.

NEADS invites you to participate and provide your feedback about online communities and e-mentoring by completing a questionnaire. The questions will be available to you through a secure, accessible online survey tool called Survey Monkey. It is anticipated that it will take about 5-10 minutes to complete the questionnaire. The questionnaire is completely anonymous and your participation in the study is voluntary. You can choose to not participate by not submitting your responses if you start the questionnaire.

If you would like to participate in this study or find out more about it, please go to the following internet link:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/W56CWCH

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Assistive Technology of the Week!

WHAT’S IT CALLED AND WHAT DOES IT DO?

This week: NOTABILITY. Notability is a robust note-taking app. Among its many features, Notability allows you to take lecture notes, record lectures, import and annotate documents (lecture slides, .pdf files, etc.) and sketch ideas.

ON WHAT PLATFORMS/DEVICES?

Notability is available on Apple mobile devices running iOS 7.0 or later and Mac computers running OSX 10.9 or later.

WHY SHOULD YOU GET IT?

Two of the main reasons: it doesn’t cost much ($3.49 for the mobile version, $6.99 for the Mac version), and lecture notes and recorded audio are automatically synced, making it a really efficient means for reviewing lecture material.

HOW DO YOU GET IT?

For mobile devices: through iTunes

For Mac computers: through the App Store

Help: Notability Support

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