Combining assistive technology with speech language pathology has always been Dana's niche and passion. After spending years teaching students how to use "traditional" technology tools in the classroom, Dana made it her mission to find different tools that would capture students' interest and would provide them with the foundation to succeed beyond anyone's expectations, including their own.
Dana has presented on the topic of "iPads as an Assistive Technology Tool" for many private and public schools, school boards and agencies across Ontatio and as far away as London, England and Bermuda.
What makes Dana different is that she herself is a parent of three children who learn "differently." She and her children use the iPad to help them with their everyday tasks at school, work, home and elsewhere. Not only does she teach assistive technology, but she lives it in her personal life too, giving her a realistic perspective about what works and what doesn't.
Deborah Velsher is a Communicative Disorders Assistant (CDA). She graduated from York University with a bachelor’s degree in linguistics. She subsequently attained her post-graduate certificate as a CDA from Georgian College. She currently works at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehab in the Communication and Writing Aids Clinic. Previously, she worked at Toronto Rehab’s Augmentative and Alternative Communication Clinic. Deborah is fluent in English and Hebrew and has worked with people of all ages and abilities. She is a firm believer that technology is a great way to make lives easier and to help people achieve their fullest potential.
Lauren Margel is a registered Speech-Language Pathologist with a Master of Science in Communication Sciences and Disorders from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts.
Since starting at SLP4aLL in 2015, Lauren has helped many students learn how to use assistive technology to support learning in the classroom. She enjoys seeing each client reach that "aha" moment, when they realize how much easier, organized, and even fun, learning can be with their newly acquired "technology toolbelt".
Lauren also works in private practice with preschoolers, school-aged children and adolescents with speech and language disorders, social communication difficulties and literacy delay.
Although Lisa is new to the role of Administrative Assistant, she is not new to the world of parenting a child who learns differently. Her years of experience with navigating the school system in the GTA has given her a level of knowledge and empathy that helps parents feel understood and dignified when they connect with her.