[Athen] LMS and general student support

Mitchell Stoddard mstoddar at sfu.ca
Tue Nov 29 13:54:47 PST 2011

Hi Folks,

I am looking to tap into your general knowledge and wisdom. We are in the enviable position of having some discretionary funds that can be used to address systemic barriers at our institution. We have been contemplating purchasing some adaptive software to be installed on all computers across the campus.

We no longer have a dedicated assistive technology lab, as the overwhelming majority of students have their own computers and software provided via grants. We are also keenly aware that because the University has a significant number of students who are first generation or international, many have English as a second language. This contributes to challenges with meeting both reading and writing requirements. As such, we are contemplating purchasing software that might provide support not only to our students with disabilities, but also this larger population who can benefit from support.

I was wondering if any of your institutions have purchased reading/writing support software and made it available to all students? We are contemplating a product such as Read and Write Gold, but would be interested in your experience with this or any other product. I was also wondering if any of you might have reservations about purchasing such a product at this time (i.e., as many platforms are starting to include learning supports - albeit in modest form).

Warmest regards,


Mitchell Stoddard, Ph.D., R. Psych.
Director, Centre for Students with Disabilities
Simon Fraser University
8888 University Drive (1250 MBC)
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

Phone: 778-782-3313
Email: mitchell_stoddard at sfu.ca

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