Ready, Willing, and Capable
District is offering new after-school and summer programs for challenged students.
AFTER SCHOOL SCHOOL ACTIVITIES FOR DISABLED STUDENTS
chool distirict #33 successfully applied for a grant through the Art Starts and Sports Initiative (ASASI) for their Augmentative and Alternative Communication after-school programs.
"What is unique about
this grant is that it has provided us with the ability to create
after-school programs to support students with exceptional needs e.g.,
autism and cerebral palsy", said Cheryl Vinchoff, Occupational Therapist.
Students can participate in the Power Soccer program, where students in power wheelchairs play the game of soccer with specialized mounts on their chairs.
Students can participate in
the Power Soccer program, where students in power wheelchairs play the game of
soccer with specialized mounts on their chairs.
"This has opened doors for these students and introduced them to a sport which they will be able to participate in beyond school and foster friendships. For many of these students this is their first opportunity participating in an organized sport," said Galen Soon, Low Incidence Coordinator.
Another afternoon school program that SD #33 has developed is called "Arts and Tech Adventures" where students with exceptionalities participate.
The sessions feature arts and crafts, stories, snacks and coding in an
environment where students receive supports from an Augmentative and Alternative
Communication (AAC) Support Teacher, Occupational Therapist, Special Education
Coordinator, and Education Assistants.
"We have 14 students enrolled in this program from throughout the district," explained Soon. "There are 8 students enrolled in the program from 6 different schools: Central, Strathcona, VMS, GWG, FG Leary, and McCammon."
There's also an opportunity for the "Summer Learning Program" in SD #33 which is free for school aged students.
"We have a wide variety of new offerings this year including support for students who are minimally verbal through our AAC support teacher," said Soon. "In addition, we have a new program called 'Writing Warriors' which is for students in Grades 2-3 with written output difficulties along place-based learning program that we will be offering students as well."
See links to informational posters here and here.
Fore more information, visit School District's website here.
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