• November 18, 2014

deCoste_scaledEver wonder how effective SOLO, Kurzweil or other text-to-speech programs are for students who struggle with reading? On October 24th, SET-BC and Bridges hosted an informative workshop by Dr. Denise DeCoste, on considering reading accommodations for students who struggle with reading comprehension. Denise is an occupational therapist and a special educator with over 25 years of experience in the field of assistive technology. She is the author of numerous books on assistive technology and has recently lent her expertise to co-author Protocol for Accommodations in Reading and subsequently the online version of the protocol uPAR.

The day started with a thorough review of research that reinforced the importance of carefully considering reading accommodations. It was interesting to note that students who do well with human readers may not do well with synthesized reading voices and vice versa. Other common misconceptions of accommodations were also highlighted and clarified using the research. Denise then introduced a helpful free assessment tool called PAR, which stands for “Protocol for Assessment in Reading” which is available for download on the Don Johnston website. An online subscription version of the protocol is also available called uPAR. This online version allows an educator to assess and record progress for multiple students at one time. The latter half of the day was spent exploring iOS apps that support reading development such as iBooks and Overdrive amongst many others . As a final activity, the participants were asked to write out their goals and implementation strategies that considered the resources and skills they covered during the day.

This session was broadcast through video streaming from our Lower Mainland office to 4 different locations across the province involving approximately 50 participants. It was an event that demonstrated how technology allows us to build capacity throughout the province, by reaching a wider audience.

This session was broadcast through video streaming from our Lower Mainland office to 4 different locations across the province involving approximately 50 participants. It was an event that demonstrated how technology allows us to build capacity throughout the province, by reaching a wider audience.

Reading Accommodations - Part OneReading Accommodations - Part TwoReading Accommodations - Part ThreeReading Accommodations - Part FourReading Accommodations - Part FiveReading Accommodations - Research and Assessment Protocol - Afternoon Session











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