Assistive Technology Assessment, Matching and Authorizing to Support Student Learning
- Conducts student technology assessments to recommend appropriate assistive technologies to enhance learning that complements the students’ unique learning needs and their learning strategy plan.
- Authorizes purchases of equipment and software through bursary or other funding avenues by reviewing results of psycho-educational/cognitive/mental health assessments to ensure that they support eligibility.
- Applies expertise in the provision of individual instruction and training to students on specific technology applications and the application of learning strategies associated with specific technologies.
- Provides hands-on training and support to faculty on the application and use of assistive technology in the classroom, ensuring the students’ academic accommodation plan is upheld within the classroom.
- Remains current of new developments in adaptive technologies applicable to postsecondary education.
- Provides timely and accurate information for the continuous improvement of services based on program evaluations, trends, and service levels.
- Makes purchasing recommendations for upgrading, and the acquisition of new assistive equipment and software for the Exam Centre, Student Technology Lab, Alternate Format Production Workshop, the Assistive Technologies and Services Classroom, and the Student Equipment Loan Program.
- Evaluates assistive software and equipment for both accessibility and usability.
- Oversees the usage and operation of the Education & Technology Lab in AccessAbility Services and the equipment loan program.
Human Resource Management
- Hiring, training and performance management of the Technology Assistant, Student Services Coordinator and casual staff (co-op and work-study students)
- Exercises skill in managing people and providing them with a productive and positive team-oriented work environment.
Consultation and Liaising with Key Partners
- Maintaining strong positive relationships with external service providers, vendors, assistive technology companies and retailers of adaptive software and equipment. This involves developing and leveraging positive relationships with assistive technology companies for opportunities to pilot and evaluate new technologies to assist persons with disabilities.
- Communicates, collaborates and forms strategic partnerships with the library and others related to access enhancing technologies, alternate format, and student support.
- Collaborates with faculty to implement accommodations and student support and training.
- Maintaining strong positive relationships with internal partners, individuals, and committees to promote accessibility including the Centre for Extended Learning, IST and ITMS.
- Working with campus partners to facilitate and/or lead small group sessions/workshops (Resource Room) on specific topics in an effort to support and enhance students’ personal and academic success.
- Leverages positive relationships.
Handling Sensitive Materials
- Ensure access to secure documents are controlled appropriately.
- Ensure data accuracy and document integrity.
- Appropriately use and maintain confidential health and education records in accordance with University policy and relevant Privacy legislation.
- Effectively use systems and technology to accurately and efficiently manage student medical information.
- Direct the return of clinical records to the intended party in a secure manner (appropriate storage and movement of confidential documents) when needed.