Faculty Awareness and Training in the Post-Secondary Community: An Annotated Bibliography

Georgian College

Barrie, Ontario

Faculty Intervention Strategies for Students With Learning Disabilities

White paper prepared for National Educational Association of Disabled Students (NEADS)/Canadian Association of Disability Service Providers in Post-Secondary Education (CADSPPE)/Learning Disabilities Association of Canada (LDAC)

In 1998, the Ontario Ministry of Education and Training funded a pilot project through the Learning and Opportunities Task Force at Georgian College. The funding resulted in the formation of the Centre For Access and Learning Disabilities. In this 16-page paper, Trudy Bergere, Bob Marcessault and Janice Schulze discuss the different faculty intervention strategies that the centre has designed and implemented. One of the key strategies has been to assemble a Learning Innovation Facilitation Team (LIFT). This team consists of the three staff members mentioned above, who work directly with college faculty as a whole to initiate and accelerate the meeting of goals for learning disabled students.

LIFT's main goals are to help faculty become aware of issues with which they could use LIFT's help, to increase awareness training for part-time faculty and to design instruction and technology to help with learning disabled students' programming. LIFT also supports faculty members in creating a more hospitable learning environment for their students.

This paper describes the math and english help centres that are available for free on all Georgian College campuses to provide students with extra help on assignments. These centres provide a venue for the reference and identification of students with learning disabilities which is private and discreet.

Clearly this pilot project has been highly successful. LIFT meets its goals by using positive messages and encourages faculty and students to participate in the project.

Trudy Bergere
Learning Innovation Facilitator - Centre for Access and Disability Services
Georgian College of Applied Arts and Technology
Georgian College Barrie
One Georgian Drive
Barrie, Ontario
L4M 3X9
Phone: 705-728-1968 ext 1764
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