The Provincial Schools Branch is a branch of the Learning and Curriculum Division of the Ministry of Education and provides:
- Specialized schools, programs and residences for students who are Deaf, blind, deafblind or have a specific learning disability.
- Teacher training and consultation services to English and French language District School Boards and School Authorities for Deaf, blind, deafblind andlearning disabled students.
- Preschool services for children who are Deaf and/or deafblind and their families.
Staff are dedicated to ensuring that students become equipped with the knowledge and competence necessary to be active and contributing citizens in our communities. The Provincial Schools Branch (PSB) is the largest Branch within the Ministry of Education, and provides specialized elementary and secondary educational programs to students (more than half of those students live in residence).
Please visit the Provincial Schools website for more information.
The award-winning Advanced Broadband Enabled Learning (ABEL) Program transforms learning by connecting people, virtually and face-to-face.
ABEL strives to improve results through its networks for knowledge sharing and collaboration and its professional learning programs. Through both public and private sector partnerships and a research-based approach, ABEL integrates new and existing technologies in teaching and learning. This combination of networks, partnerships, and a focus on research drives innovative models for teaching, training and learning and creates opportunities for transformation.
Please visit the ABEL website for more information.
Ability Online (www.abilityonline.org) is a free monitored online community for friendship, support and skill development opportunities for youth with disabilities/chronic illness, their friends and family. Online volunteers monitor all public messages in order for our members to have a positive online experience, to build friendships, share their hopes and fears, find role models and mentors and most of all feel like they belong.
In 2011, Ability Online launched a brand new version of our website which now has separate section for the kids/teens, young adults, parents and professionals (health care and education). In addition to a monitored and supportive online community there are also several program modules (Friendship Builder, Homework Help, Bully Bouncers and Leisure Education) and numerous topical forums including two (one for teachers/parents and for the kids) which address "assitive technology in the classroom" that are moderated by SNOW.
Please visit the Ability Online website for more information.
Canadian Abilities Foundation
The Canadian Abilities Foundation (CAF) convenes a forum for the exchange of information to promote an inclusive society and provide inspiration and opportunity for people with disabilities. The CAF has been a national leader and partner with other organizations and government on various projects related to disability and communications. CAF publishes several disability related books and publications, including Abilities, Canada's Lifestyle Magazine for People with Disabilities. Their on-line portal, Access Guide Canada is an online directory which provides a detailed look at accessibility across Canada. CAF's on-line presence, www.abilities.ca, links people with disabilities to a world of resources.
Please visit the Abilities website for more information.
OCAD University is the "university of the imagination." The university was founded in 1876, is dedicated to art and design education, practice and research and to the knowledge and invention across a wide range of disciplines. OCAD Univeraity is building on its traditional, studio-based strengths, adding new approaches to learning that champion cross-disciplinary practice, collaboration and the integration of emerging technologies. In the Age of Imagination, OCAD University community members will be uniquely qualified to act as catalysts for the next advances in culture, technology and quality of life for all Canadians.
Please visit the OCAD University website for more information.