New website addition aimed to improve services for students

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The availability of new online alternate format materials will greatly assist students with special needs and offer them access to the same resources as their peers, Education Minister Darin King said today.
King was speaking about a new addition to the department's website.
"Our site now offers resources from the provincial curriculum in several alternate formats," King said. "For example, a visually impaired student can now access John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men in an MP3 format and play it on an i-pod, or a student with a physical disability can download an e-text version of Dracula to a memory stick and read it wherever he or she chooses. These materials assist students with disabilities in accessing the same materials as their classmates in a form that's best for their individual needs."
To ensure the materials are updated regularly, a librarian has been hired to improve the quality and quantity of alternate format items available to students, and to support teachers using the site. Learning modules have also been developed to help teachers, parents and students use the new site. In keeping with copyright legislation, the site is password protected so that only students with an Individual Education Plan, their parents and teachers can gain access.

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