About

This is a blog about adaptive equipment for children with physical and cognitive disabilities.  I design and build this equipment for the Toronto District School Board.

I have been working with these children for 16 years and these adaptations are the result of working to enable a child with gross or fine motor difficulties to participate in all aspects of a classroom program.  Some of these adaptations are for deaf, blind, deaf/blind or autistic students and students who are non speaking.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayyTSf7wRu4 – global tv

http://www.torontosun.com/comment/columnists/moira_macdonald/2009/12/23/12247706-sun.html – article from Toronto Sun

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/teachingawards/ – 2007 recipient of the Premier’s Award for Excellence in Education – special needs

Also 2008 recipient of appreciation award from Toronto CEC – Council for Exceptional Children

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QXsBhQcKAJw  Winning submission – Best Buy best in class $10,000 winner.  This was a collaboration of a number of staff members.  My adaptations in the video are 1) ipad case and mount  2) custom switch pad and access  3) camera box, enables a point and shoot camera to be used like a single switch.

4 Responses to About

  1. Emily McQueen says:

    Dale, it was great to meet you on Wednesday — you are inspiring! Thanks for hooking Colin and me up with your blog, I’m sure we’re going to be looking for lots of solutions come September.
    Emily

  2. Hannah Boulter says:

    I am a graphic design student of the University of Brighton, and am currently in the research period of a self initiated project, looking to redesign and develop visual aids for people with autism.

    Could I email you with a list of inquires concerning your expertise?

    Hannah Boulter

  3. Jennifer says:

    Hi Dale,
    I will be using you as a shining example of people who make a difference.
    I’m teaching a course at the University of Ottawa at the Faculty of Education about inclusive classrooms.
    I always enjoyed working with you and I miss you!
    Give everyone at Sunny View a big hug from me!
    Jennifer Bygrave

    • toydoctor says:

      Hi Jennifer, we miss you here at Sunny View. I can’t think of anyone better to teach this course with all your hands on experience. They are lucky to have you. Nice to hear from you.
      Dale

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