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 Front Row’s Juno do?
We have all experienced sitting at the back of lecture halls or classrooms, struggling to hear the instructor when they turn their backs to write on the whiteboard or when they walk to the far side of the classroom.
Juno is a classroom audio device that ensures everyone in our RISE AT Studio and beyond can hear the speaker at just the right volume. The microphone is worn by an instructor, which—along with voice commands—allows for hands-free, mobile usage. Used in conjunction with an innovatively designed speaker and Bluetooth capability, Juno fills the room with crisp, clear audio for students sitting anywhere in our instructional spaces or at home.
LDS uses Juno at its group classes and camps to ensure focus, engagement, and learning. With Juno, every student feels like they are in the front row.
- Juno’s multi-channel audio allows instructors to send their voice, instructional content from a device, and students’ voices through the handsfree microphone all at once. Juno even allows for the assignment of priority to one voice channel so that other voices won’t interfere with the main lesson.
- Juno can record lessons, including audio, and display them on connected devices.
- Juno works great for remote teaching. When connected via Bluetooth to a remote streaming device, such as a laptop, the Juno pendant microphone will ensure the audio is clear.
- Juno can be controlled with voice commands such as volume “Increase” or “Decrease,” recordings, and more.
How can my child access Juno?
We offer Juno as part of our 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 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.