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  • Register for LNO's upcoming Community of Practice webinars and Charity Village webinars
  • Learn about some valuable new resources such as a website with legal advice and a discussion/resource forum
  • Learn about an exciting tool to help you perfect your writing in the Try This Box

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On a Side Note...


January 27, 2019 is Family Literacy Day

Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.  Taking time every day to read or to do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child's development, improving a child's literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well.  January 27, 2019 is the 20th anniversary of Family Day Literacy!  To view more information about Family Literacy Day, including facts about family literacy and activity sheets, please click here.

LLO and CLO's Resource & Discussion Forum

Laubach Literacy Ontario and Community Literacy of Ontario have revamped the Literacy Practitioner's Discussion Forum.  It still has great forums with priority topics and it still provides you with a place to discuss issues, but now it's even better.  The Discussion Forum has been reformatted to be a discussion/resources forum and you now have access to a great new annotated OALCF resource library.

To check out the new forum please click here.

Revised Compendium of Assistive Technology

In 2010-11, the Simcoe/Muskoka Literacy Network (SMLN) identified a need for a consolidated list of assistive technology to help people with learning and other challenges that may affect their learning.  In 2018, SMLN determined it was time to update this resource as there have been significant developments in some areas of assistive technology.  To view this resource please click here.

National Consultation on Literacy and Poverty

Frontier College and the Social Research and Demonstration Corporation are launching the National Consultation on Literacy and Poverty.  These consultations are part of a National Research Study aiming to inform a poverty reduction strategy firmly rooted in literacy development.  The study provides people like you with an opportunity to help identify where literacy investments in literacy programming should be made to best empower lower skilled Canadians living in poverty.  The study will also learn how to better integrate and coordinate adult literacy programming with poverty reduction programs to make them more effective.  The information you provide will help shape their National Report.  It will also help inform the future of adult literacy in Canada.  Please take 20 minutes to respond to this online survey.

Steps to Justice Website

Having accurate and reliable legal information at your fingertips is essential for adult literacy workers who are often assisting clients who have legal issues or are having trouble navigating certain processes.  The Steps to Justice website was designed to make it easy for front-line workers to use with their clients.  The information is presented in an easy question/answer/next steps format and everything on the site is written at a grade 8 reading level.  To visit this website, please click here.

Funding Cuts to Ontario Trillium Foundation

In case you haven't heard, the Ontario government has taken $15 million away from Ontario Trillium Foundation grants.  Grants that would have strengthened communities this winter now won't be distributed.

Try This...

Have you ever heard of Antidote, Anti-Oops!  It is a tool, available in both English and French to improve your writing.  The tool comes with a correcter (to flat any errors, such as spelling, gramar and so much more), dictionaries (to provide you with a complete definition of your word as well as plural forms and pronunciation) and a guide to help with grammar rules and their exceptions.  It can also analyze your emails before they are sent out for language errors and missing attachments.  To check out more information about this tool, please click here.
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