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APSEA Virtual Learning

An illustration of a virtual meeting with students on a computer screen. Beside the computer is two books and a cup filled with crayons.This exciting new initiative is designed to provide enriched Expanded Core Curriculum programming for Deaf or Hard of Hearing (DHH) and Blind or Visually Impaired (BVI) students in pre-school through high school, while also encouraging connection with families and educational teams. Both direct service and consult students are welcomed to participate.

Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA) Virtual Learning programs allow students to make valuable social connections with peers across Atlantic Canada without having to leave their local home and school environments.

Our programs also provide students with access to content developed with the expertise of a variety of APSEA professionals, including, but not limited to, counsellors, American Sign Language (ASL) specialists, an Orientation and Mobility specialist, and teachers.

We strive to offer programs that are inclusive, culturally and linguistically responsive, and accessible for students across all Atlantic Canada.

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If you think APSEA Virtual Learning might be a good fit for your child or student, please contact your APSEA itinerant teacher to discuss a referral. If you would like to learn more about this exciting new initiative, you are invited to contact us directly.

  • Jennifer Allaby M.Ed. (Educational Psychology, BVI), M.Ed. (Educational Leadership)
    Supervisor of Assessment and Short-Term Programs (BVI)
  • Dana MacLeod M.Ed. (Educational Psychology, DHH), M.Ed. (Educational Leadership), CTD
    Acting Supervisor of Assessment and Short-Term Programs (DHH)

Check Out What People are Saying!

A truly amazing list of options to choose from. These all look great, so well crafted…. And from all I have heard, very well delivered.
Giving students an opportunity to interact with unfamiliar people in an unfamiliar setting is a great opportunity for them to practice their skills and could certainly carry over to everyday life situations.
My student has struggled with attendance this year but comes to school consistently every Wednesday just because of virtual learning.
Thanks for providing students with this wonderful experience!
She was never so excited to go to school on a Monday morning before the virtual learning programs!

Virtual Learning Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. Who is eligible to take part in Virtual Learning?
    Our programs are open to direct and consult students from across the four Atlantic Provinces. We have also provided specific programming for preschool students and families. You will find more information about individual programs in our course descriptions, which are released throughout the school year.
  2. When do APSEA Virtual Learning programs happen?
    Our programs take place during the school day.
  3. How do students take part?
    Students log into virtual learning from their home schools.
  4. What is needed to participate in APSEA Virtual Learning?
    Students should have a computer with access to high-speed internet and a quiet space to work. A microphone and speakers are also recommended.
  5. What platform is used?
    We use Zoom Health, a secure online platform that ensures student privacy.
  6. How do students register?
    Itinerant teachers, school teams and families should discuss the program offerings and determine which are a good fit. The registration form and the tele-practice informed consent form can then be completed entirely electronically and sent as email attachments to the Virtual Learning department.
  7. When does registration take place?
    Multiple registrations occur throughout the year.
  8. How many programs can students take?
    Students are welcomed to participate in as many programs as their school teams, families, and itinerant teachers determine are appropriate.
  9. Can a student take more than one program during any given registration?
    Yes, students are invited to take as many programs at a time as is reasonable for their schedule.
  10. The program description says grades 5 – 7. My child/student is in grade 4 but I feel this would be a really good fit. Can they take part?
    We provide grades as a guideline to help school teams, families and itinerants determine the best placements. However, we recognize that students’ development, needs and abilities might not always fall specifically within these ranges. We would be happy to talk to you about any students who fall outside the suggested grades.
  11. Are the same programs offered during every registration?
    To offer the greatest variety and to meet the widest range of needs, programs change throughout the year. Some are offered on a repeat basis while new programs are regularly being developed.
  12. What should I do if I would like my child/student enrolled in a program?
    Contact your itinerant teacher to discuss programming options.