Updated: Nov 28, 2020
Robert John Meehan once said, "Every child has a different learning style and pace. Each child is unique, not only capable of learning but also capable of succeeding". Indeed every child has the potential to succeed, provided they have the appropriate resources and support to do so. However, this is not the case with students who have disabilities.
Currently, in learning institutions in Canada, there are limited resources provided to help those with disabilities excel in school and they are not given enough opportunities to help them achieve their goals. As a result of this, several of them are unable to thrive and succeed in the workplace.
To help combat this issue we created a site called "Learning Without Limits" that provides high-quality education to students with disabilities. The platform features developed solutions and has made several arrangements to satisfy different people's needs and learning styles.
The picture below highlights some of the personas that would take advantage of our service.
Our teachers work with students in small groups of up to 10 people, providing each student with enough attention and a friendly environment to help nourish their skills and expand their knowledge. Furthermore, for students that are comfortable, we have partnered with National Geographic to provide the latest technology to enhance their learning experience. We offer audio sensory sets for those who are visually impaired, and VR sets to allow the students to explore the world around them without having to travel, making this technology perfect for taking the students on field trips during this pandemic. We have also recently implemented a subscription option for families in which we send customized activity packages for the student once a month. The activity packages are an excellent way to keep them occupied and entertained, while also helping them improve their personal skills.
Before students start the course, we facilitate a "Parents Summit" where we suggest ways in which parents can create a more enriched environment at home to help support their child using our program. Over the duration of the course, we organize weekly meetup groups between the students in the small learning groups to socialize and connect with one another. When students complete their course we conduct a “speed meeting" event where they get to virtually meet the other students from different courses for a short period of time. The helpful UX/UI design allows them to simply click a button or ask an online assistant to do it for them, which then notifies the user on the other end that they would like follow-up with them after the course/speed dating event is over.
At Learning Without Limits, we understand the value of inclusion and accessibility and their roles in the ultimate success of students with disabilities. As a company we have done everything possible to make people feel as safe and comfortable as possible, however, it is also up to our students and peers to do the same. As the new school year approaches, to help us reinforce these ideas, we ask that all of you demonstrate inclusion and embrace accessibility by being mindful of your words and actions, treating others equally, and generate awareness about disabilities with those around you. It is important that we be mindful of our words and actions so we do not end up hurting people; we should take the time to think before we say or do something to understand the type of impact it may have on the other person, and how we can accordingly prevent ourselves from encountering a negative situation. Additionally, we should treat everyone equally since every person deserves to be treated nicely and respectfully, regardless of their abilities, race, ethnicity, size etc. By doing this not only do we help foster a positive workplace but we also receive the same treatment from others - it's as the saying goes, "What you give is what you get." Lastly, we should increase awareness about disabilities with the people around us to diminish the stigma around the topic. Overall, when everyone works together to create an inclusive and accessible working environment, we all flourish!