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Learners of all ages, from preschool, through university, professional upgrading, employment training and life long learning are participating in educational programs delivered over computer networks. One sector within Ontario that can benefit most from this trend is the learner with disabilities. Network delivered instruction is easily adapted to varying learning styles, rates, and communication formats. Issues of distance, transportation and physical access are reduced. Electronic text, unlike printed text, can be read by individuals who are blind, vision impaired, dyslexic and by individuals who cannot hold a book or turn pages.

Unfortunately, regardless of the network used, network delivered education is not barrier free. At present, interactive courseware and scientific simulations completely exclude students who are blind or who cannot use a mouse. Interactive courseware is an important strategy for animating learning and engaging the learner.

A consortium of partners representing consumers, experts in the field, developers and leading providers of distance education will address these barriers. This component of the NIDE project will design, develop, evaluate and implement interactive learning tools that are inclusive to all Ontario learners. The partners have the expertise and strategic alliances to exploit and further the development of leading edge network technologies to achieve this goal.

Project descriptions and partnership information can be found below:

The Adaptive Technology Resource Centre

J.P. Robarts Library, First Floor, University of Toronto Information Commons
130 St. George St. Toronto, Ontario, Canada M5S 3H1
Telephone: (416) 978-4360 Fax: (416) 971-2629

For additional information please e-mail Laurie Harrison