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Otsimo Education

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Lately, we’ve been noticing that the Special Education category in the App store has been filling up with some pretty incredible learning apps. We’ve already looked at a few of these apps in recent articles (see Starfall and Homer for more), but today we are looking at a learning app specifically designed for children with learning disabilities.

Otsimo is an award-winning special education app available for iOS and Android. And while it is designed for children with autism in mind, it can be helpful for students with a variety of challenges, including ADD/ADHD, Down Syndrome, speech challenges, aphasia, Asperger’s, as well as other learning differences.

“The Impact Was Immediate!” New Hearing Aid Helps Kevin Avoid Workday Fatigue

WorkBC Assistive Technology Services participant Kevin in front of a WorkBC job search presentation

Kevin is a Workshop Facilitator with WorkBC Employment Services in Abbotsford, delivering presentations to clients in both English and French.

“Listening well is a very important part of understanding and communicating well with clients and teammates,” he says.

“After experiencing significant, sudden hearing loss, I really struggled when in a group of three or more participants. Some locations are more difficult than others due to poor acoustics, echo, etc, but I was struggling to catch parts of conversations.

New Podcast Series Now Available in French / Nouvelle série de balados : Nous avons des solutions!

We're marking the 10th anniversary year of the AT Help Desk, and today we are proud to introduce the AT Help Desk Podcast’s French counterpart, Nous avons des solutions!

We’re marking the 10th anniversary year of the AT Help Desk, and today we are proud to introduce the AT Help Desk Podcast’s French counterpart, Nous avons des solutions! With this addition, we can now proudly say that our podcast is available in both the official languages of New Brunswick.

Click here to listen to our debut episode of Nous avons des solutions!, and here if you want to check out our existing library of English-based podcasts.

“I Wouldn’t Be Able to Work Without Hearing Aids”

WorkBC Assistive Technology Services participant Vinzenz at the Kelowna office

Vinzenz works at a retirement resort in Kelowna as an executive chef, arranging schedules for chefs, planning the menus, and preparing bread, desserts, and main dishes for 150 residents.

He has hearing loss.

He learned about WorkBC Assistive Technology Services from his hearing clinic.

How to: Use the Microsoft 365 Accessibility Checker

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The awareness and implementation of accessibility features within mainstream technology has been growing over the years, and Microsoft has recently made some big improvements to the overall accessibility of their products. Today we are going to talk about one of those newer features, the Microsoft 365 Accessibility checker. This tool is available to individuals using Outlook, Word, Excel, OneNote, PowerPoint, and Visio, and it visible to web users as well as those using the full version of the app on PC or Mac.

WorkBC Assistive Technology Services Helps Tamara Make Her Workday Easier

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Tamara works as a receptionist in Port Moody, answering the phones, booking appointments, and opening and closing the office. She has fibromyalgia, arthritis, osteoarthritis, chronic pain, and learning difficulties.

“[I] can’t sit or stand for too long. Repetitive tasks cause pain and cramping,” she shares. “[My] reading and writing are very weak. I have got to go to school to help, but I learn a different way.”

Starfall Education

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At this point we’ve covered more than a few learning apps, but the truth is, not all of these apps are truly accessible from the box. Today we are going to look at a learning app that takes accessibility seriously, so regardless of what platform you are accessing the app from, you’ll have more than a few options when it comes to tweaking the accessibility of your learning environment.

Starfall is learning/education app that covers pre-K to grade 3 and offers lessons and activities related to math, reading, music, English, and more. It offers a variety of reading activities including phonics, talking library, and other activities designed to teach the fundamentals of reading. The app also offers a variety of seasonal activities like Halloween fractions, Valentines Day card maker, songs about individuality, and more.

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