Creating the Space For Neurodiversity & Communication

On Wednesday, February 28, 2024 I had the privilege of presenting a workshop at The Apple Canada Head Office in Toronto. As part of the “Reimagining Learning: Fulfilling the Promises of Educational Technology” Series, I was invited to be a part of “Creating the Space for Neurodiversity with iPad” event along with my ADE colleagues Kerry Dwyer-Mitchell and André Kapitan.

The focus on this day was to “empower educational decision-makers to shape positive school cultures and cultivate future-ready environments” for students with neurodiverse needs. In specific, our workshops focussed on Access + Ability = Accessibility. Each session had a different focus: Access Content (Kerry), Access Thinking (André), and Access Communication (myself).

In Access Communication we covered a variety of ways that my school uses built in Apple Apps to enhance communication for students including:


Speak Screen


Creating Basic Communication Boards & Timers

In Pages

In Keynote

In Numbers

Using Freeform Boards to Communicate with Students and Decrease Office Referrals

If would like to learn more about how we use these programs or create AACs for our students’ needs, please reach out!


Kaleena Hanoski

ADE 2023


A screenshot of a Freeform board with student and teacher work and notes to each other.

All Comments

Posted on March 14, 2024

I would have enjoyed being in the audience for your presentation.

I am curious how you use Freeform to communicate with students. Since it is a newer program, I'm still looking at the different ways it can be used, and I am intrigued about how you use it with students to decrease referrals.

Posted on March 23, 2024

Hi Kaleena

Thank you for sharing your ideas and it would have been great to attend your workshop. I am with Brian in my curiosity about how you use Freeform or to see an example of your timer/communication boards.

Do you think the others could share their insights from the workshop?!

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