What is Assistive Technology? 

Assistive technology (AT) is any device, software, or equipment that is used to maintain or improve the functional capabilities of a person with a disability, including a learning difference. Technologies include hardware, or physical technologies that are kept on-site at our AT Studio, and software, or technology available via a computer that can potentially be used from home. To learn more about why and how LDS uses AT, head to our AT webpage.

What does MindMeister do?

MindMeister is a web-based platform that allows for mind mapping—a visual representation of thoughts and ideas. This software lets you make Mind Map bubbles containing text and images, arrange them, and connect them with lines, to help organize and capture ideas a student may have. Mind Maps can be used to organize thoughts, make To Do lists, brainstorm, schedule, and so much more. And because it is an online platform, Mind Maps can be used on any device and used collaboratively on projects.  

MindMeister features:

  • Customizable bubbles with colour, images, videos, emojis, notes, links, and more to help you stay organized.  
  • A wide range of templates that help you get started with various topics like homework planning, brainstorming, and To Do lists. 
  • The Magic Wand button adds images, videos, or notes matching the content of your bubble.   
  • The History tool allows you to see all previous versions of your Mind Map and revert back to any of them.   
  • The Presentation button allows you to quickly and easily show off your creation, bubble by bubble. 

    How can my child access MindMeister?

    Our RISE Assistive Technology Studio is supported by our thoughtful and generous LDS technology sponsors, including MindMeister. Like all our assistive software tools, LDS offers MindMeister to our students and their families for use in lessons, in school, and at home. To claim your free copy of MindMeister, please email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca. You can also request an LDS assistive software virtual tour to get an in-depth introduction to our assistive software suite.  

    We also offer MindMeister in our East Vancouver AT Studio, a space dedicated to the collaborative use of leading-edge AT to help our students with learning differences. To learn more about how your child can benefit, email our AT Manager at AT@ldsociety.ca.

      —Rie 

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      Rie Stadnichuk (she/her) is the Digital Communications Specialist at LDS. A recent graduate from Simon Fraser University with a Communications and Economics degree, she hopes to use this opportunity as a way of exploring meaningful work in the field. She is passionate about social issues and creating environments of inclusivity and open dialogue. Rie graciously lives and works on the unceded territory of the Syilx people. 

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