We gratefully acknowledge the following sponsors:
Platinum Sponsor: ReadSpeaker
ReadSpeaker® is very pleased to be the Platinum Sponsor of the Second Pan-Canadian Conference on Universal Design for Learning. We believe that an important part of UDL is text to speech. Much as is the case in the physical world when universal design principles are used to shape the environment we live in, educators working to implement UDL are finding that providing all students the choice to use text-to-speech – in the moment of need– leads to more use than expected. It’s a straightforward way to boost academic self-efficacy, which research suggests leads towards better outcomes.
Founded in 1999, ReadSpeaker develops speech technologies and services to interpret and audibly read text in synthetic yet naturalized, human-sounding voices, managed on its own technology infrastructure. Worldwide, ReadSpeaker is used by millions of users every month, on thousands of websites, learning platforms, and mobile apps. ReadSpeaker speech-enables content–on the fly, or for offline use — in over 40 languages and more than 100 voices. www.ReadSpeaker.com
Gold Sponsor: CAST Professional Publishing http://castpublishing.org/
CAST Professional Publishing aims to create, nurture, and distribute exceptional media products that inspire and inform educational research, instructional practice, and policy making for the betterment of all.
CAST Professional Publishing was launched in 2014 by CAST, a non-profit research and development organization that works to improve opportunities and outcomes for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. Founded in 1984, CAST has earned international recognition for its innovative contributions to educational products, classroom practices, and policies.
The PEI Human Rights Commission
The Prince Edward Island Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in areas such as employment and services on the basis of certain personal characteristics or grounds (sex, race, disability…). Discrimination is the unequal, stereotypical or prejudicial treatment of persons.
The Prince Edward Island Human Rights Commission is an independent body that administers and enforces the Prince Edward Island Human Rights Act. The Act establishes a complaint process for the investigation and adjudication of complaints. The Commission also develops programs of public information and education about human rights.
Sylvan Learning PEI
At Sylvan our tutors use a personalized approach and interactive technology to help kids learn math, reading, writing and more—turning B’s into A’s and frustration into confidence! Read more to learn why families choose Sylvan in Charlottetown.
The Learning Disabilities Association of PEI
The Learning Disabilities Association of PEI came into being when a group of parents met to share their common concerns about learning disabilities in the early 70s. In November 1975, the Prince Edward Island Association for Children with Learning Disabilities was incorporated. During the 70s and 80s, the Association was very active with three Chapters in the province. In July 2003 the Learning Disabilities Association of PEI was incorporated as a registered not for profit member charitable organization. The Learning Disabilities Association of PEI exists to advance the interests of people with learning disabilities.
The Rick Hansen Foundation
The Rick Hansen Foundation School Program provides elementary and secondary school teachers across Canada with a comprehensive set of free bilingual resources that teach students about the potential of people with disabilities, identifying barriers, and making their schools and communities more accessible and inclusive.