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About the Author

She received her Ph.D. in psychology from McGill University. Her experience includes co-directing the Adaptech Research Network and working as a clinical psychologist at the Behavioural Psychotherapy and Research Unit of the Jewish General Hospital. She is a professor in the Psychology Department at Dawson College and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry of McGill University.

Articles

Published June 7, 2016

Hidden treasures: Free and Inexpensive Information and Communication Technologies for College Students

Laura King Teacher, Cégep André-Laurendeau
Catherine Fichten Teacher, Dawson College
Alice Havel Research Associate, Dawson College
Mary Jorgensen Research Associate, Adaptech
Christine Vo Research Assistant, Adaptech
Evelyne Marcil, M.A Teacher, Adaptech
Jillian Budd, M.A. Project Manager, Adaptech

Our most recent project at the Adaptech Research Network has been to update our Free and Inexpensive Technology Database (FANDI), with a focus on the latest mobile, Windows and Macintosh products. These technologies not only meet the needs of students in many Cegep career and technical programs, but they also address one of Quebec’s greatest challenges: maintaining a qualified workforce in the areas of industry and technology. Furthermore, FANDI supports students in other college programs, students with various visible and non-visible disabilities and those who have weaker language skills. Read below to find out how the database was developed and to learn about some of our favorite technologies.

Multidisciplinary

Articles

Published February 16, 2016

Making the Grade: College Students with Disabilities and Academic Success

Laura King Teacher, Cégep André-Laurendeau
Catherine Fichten Teacher, Dawson College
Alice Havel Research Associate, Dawson College
Mary Jorgensen Research Associate, Adaptech

The Adaptech Research Network consists of a team of academics, students and stakeholders. Since 1996, we have been conducting bilingual research on postsecondary students with and without disabilities by examining factors which contribute to academic success. For example, in a six-year archival study, the key facilitator for 192 college graduates with disabilities was being registered for campus disability related services. When 633 college students with various disabilities were compared to 40,262 students without disabilities, we found that the 2 groups graduated at the same rate, although students with disabilities took a little longer.

Multidisciplinary

Featured Reports

Published May 19, 2013

ICTs: Tools for Universal Design for Instruction

Catherine Fichten Teacher, Dawson College
Maria Barile Researcher, Dawson College
Zohra Mimouni Teacher, Collège Montmorency
Mai Nhu Nguyen Research Associate, Adaptech

In this report, the Adaptech Research Network, Dawson College, Collège Montmorency, and Cégep André-Laurendeau present the nine principles of the concept of universal design for instruction. According to the responses obtained in the study on the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) by students with learning disabilities (LDs) in Quebec colleges, the authors propose recommendations connected to this concept.

Multidisciplinary

Real Life Stories

Published May 2, 2010

The Dragon in the Classroom: Opening Our Doors to an Increased Use of Technology

Laura King Teacher, Cégep André-Laurendeau
Catherine Fichten Teacher, Dawson College
Alexandre Chauvin Research Officer, Cégep André-Laurendeau
Alice Havel Research Associate, Dawson College
Maria Barile Researcher, Dawson College
Mai Nhu Nguyen Research Associate, Adaptech

Students with learning disabilities can have difficulties in a variety of domains. While ICTs do not provide the answer to all of the concerns of students with LDs, they do make a huge difference in making students' lives easier and their academic work more efficient and successful.

Multidisciplinary

Real Life Stories

Published April 7, 2008

Adaptech Gives Back To Its Community

Catherine Fichten Teacher, Dawson College

Adaptech is more than a website; it's a community which gives back to the people that are a part of it. Dawson College's Catherine Fichten has been part of this giving and receiving from the start.

Multidisciplinary