April 1, 2022
Our Response to the Ontario Human Rights Commission 's
Right to Read Report
Nearly a decade after the Supreme Court of Canada recognized that learning to read is a basic human right, the Right to Read inquiry, initiated by the Ontario Human Rights Commission, has found that there is an urgent need to improve reading achievement in Ontario. The inquiry determined that the current instructional system does not meet the educational needs of its students, and that students with Individual Education Profiles are disproportionally affected. Current approaches to reading are largely based on the whole-language approach and the three-cueing system which have repeatedly been shown to be ineffective; a shift to explicit, science-based, systematic instruction of phonemic awareness, phonics, and decoding is imperative to improve reading outcomes. We at the Academic Intervention Lab fully support the recommendations from the Right to Read inquiry report released by the OHRC regarding curriculum and instruction, early screening, reading intervention, accommodation, and professional assessment. We also recognize the need for systemic change, and we are committed to working towards providing equitable and universal access to high-quality, science-based educational services and supports for all students, regardless of individual learning needs or personal circumstances.
August 21st 2019
We're excited to be giving two talks at the Learning Disabilities Association of Ontario in Mississauga!
Talk 1: Getting Students Set Up For Success With Assistive Technology Slides
Bronwyn Lamond, Hillary Scott & Mirelle D’Mello
Talk 2: Building Up Students By Breaking Down Writing Slides
Emily Staffiere and Francis Wall
Congratulations to our MEd students!
March 31st, 2019
Mirelle, Caity, and Hilary have been collecting data with Dr. Cunningham on the efficacy on several areas of assistive technology. This includes voice quality of text to speech programs, accuracy of editing software, and user-friendliness of assistive technology interfaces.
This is part of our ongoing, larger scale goal of systemically evaluating, ranking, and providing quality ratings of different types of products available on the market. Our goal is to inform parents, teachers, and psychologists so they know what features matter most in a particular assistive technology product, and what products have those features.
Bell Let's Talk Day
January 30th 2019
"Todd Cunningham, Assistant Professor, teaching stream, pictured above, along with fellow OISE professor Judy Wiener received a Bell Let’s Talk mental health grant in 2014 for their innovative OISE Telepsychology Program.
The program focuses on equipping teachers in remote northern communities with the knowledge and resources needed to support students with academic skill deficits and mental health and behavioural problems."