Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology

Assistive Technology allows students to access the digital tools they need to support their education and individual learning styles. AT helps students access curriculum independently by removing some barriers to learning they may otherwise experience and develop self-advocacy skills too.

Read and Write for Google Chrome is available to all RCDSB staff and students.

Resources to help parents with using Read & Write for Google Chrome and PDF reader can be found below.

FOR PARENTS - Using Read&Write for Google Chrome from Home: Help for Parents to Access the Program 3.20

Accessing Read and Write at Home


Copy of FOR TEACHERS and PARENTS - Read&Write for Google Chrome TOOL USAGE Guide 8.19.pdf

Training and Support for Parents

How to Use the Tools

FOR TEACHERS and PARENTS - Read&Write for Google Chrome - Quick Reference Guide 05_2020.pdf

Training and Support for Parents

How It Can Help

Meet our Assistive Technology Consultant

Alison MacDougall-Popke

Alison joined RCDSB in 2003 and taught in the Petawawa, Opeongo, and Pembroke family of schools before joining the RCDSB central team as a Student Work Study teacher. As the Special Education Assistive Technology consultant, Alison supports Special Education teams and classroom teachers with embedding the use of technology in instructional and assessment practices to support all learners K-12 throughout Renfrew County District School Board. Alison also supports Special Education teams with the Special Equipment Amount (SEA) applications to initiate the use of technology for our students with the greatest learning needs.


Meet our IT Team

Chris Waito

Hi! I'm Chris Waito, Software Support Specialist for the Special Education Department. If you've ever contacted IEPHelp, then you have likely already worked with me in the past. Along with being the main technical resource for staff for all things related to IEPWriter (eLite), I also have a key role with the management and configuration of the Assistive Technology that is in the hands of your students. When I'm not in my dungeon at the Board Office (The West Wing), you may also see me at Mary Street working with the consultants or even at your school assisting with anything from staff training to being a technical resource for EQAO/OSSLT.

Braiden Lair

Hello, My name is Braiden Lair and I have been employed with the Board since September, 2014. I started on the I.T Help Desk in a temporary position for close to two years, while working in some temporary Technician roles as well. I then became a permanent member of the IT department in 2017 and am currently working as a SEA Technical Support Specialist for Special Education and the I.T department. My role is mostly geared toward supporting the computer hardware / assistive technology that all Special Education staff and students use and depend on. I travel all over the Renfrew County but I mostly work out of the Board Office or Mary Street. If you see me out in the schools or if you're visiting either office then do not hesitate to come talk to me!