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Assistive technology for New Brunswick apprentices with learning disabilities


March 19, 2013
By Anthony Capkun

March 18, 2013 – The provincial government is partnering with the Learning Disabilities Association of New Brunswick to help apprentices with learning disabilities in their training.

To support their learning, apprentices now have access through the association to additional assistive technology, which can be any device that helps accomplish a task using an enhanced or different method.

“Everyone learns differently, and this service recognizes that barriers can be overcome with simple, yet effective tools,” said Danny Soucy, post-secondary education, training and labour minister. “For example, a student who may be excellent in the practical portion of the program may have a learning disability and struggle with the classroom portion. There are types of software and technology that can help break down these barriers to help them succeed.”

The province has invested $10,000 to support the association raise awareness about overcoming the challenges that student apprentices with learning disabilities may face during training. The funding will also go toward the purchase of tablets and software to which students will have access. The association will provide training and support to assistive technology users and the staff who work with the apprentices.

Funding for this partnership is made possible through the Canada-New Brunswick Labour Market Agreement. CLICK HERE for more information.