Our passion is to coach mentally or physically impaired student using video tutorials in centres, homes or by using remote desktop software.
We believe that everyone has a purpose in the community including people with mental or physical impairments. Our mission is to motivate these students. We coach them using video tutorials helping them to access the many online learning resources available to support their learning.
There are many mentally and physically impaired that take pain-relieving drugs most causing side effects to the memory and sluggish thinking. This is where video tutorials make it easy to learn anything from anywhere if the student is still having trouble we will find a suitable coach to help them through the course.
Learning video tutorials can be hard to grasp in the beginning. There are so many on-line open-source resources available on the internet by simply asking Google the right question one may get the answer. Our resources page list many open source and subscription-based learning websites available online where students can take courses in anything from programming to how to study the Bible using e-Sword or photography and much more.
We point the student in the right direction as to what resource would be suitable for them e.g. open source or subscription base video tutorials. The important thing is that the resource is accessible to the mentally and physically impaired. The student may be in bed for long periods or simply unable to leave their home. We buddy the appropriate coach with the student to learn, regardless of whether they use Windows or Apple.
A list of subjects that may interest a student.
- 3D+ Animation
- Audio + Music
- Bible Software
- CAD Drawing
Life is what you make it! This list is just a small percentage of mainly IT course ideas there is so much more one can learn! For more information on free open source IT education resources click here
We have found that learning from a video tutorial, can be a bit overwhelming for most people. We know that the mentally and physically impaired need to take drugs to help with pain or other symptoms which affects their learning ability.
Coaching during a tutorial helps the student to learn in stages by gauging the students capacity to learn. When the coach feels that the student needs to understand that stage of the lesson more, they replay the video or repeat that section of the lesson on their computer.
Pain can be very draining no matter what impairment a student has. If the student we are helping has pain, they may have difficulty with sleeping, sitting, or even standing in one position for an extended period of time. Our coaches are alert to any symptoms of tiredness or frustration during a lesson which would normally signal the need to end the lesson.
About the Coaches
The coaches are selected from a database of skilled physically disabled and able-bodied volunteers students and teachers available from all walks of life with the knowledge of the subjects and ability to coach patiently and respectfully. They must comply with Volunteer Auckland and It’s Accessible terms of engagement. They will be paired up with the student by the trust. Please note that we prefer volunteers that are referred to us by Volunteer Auckland. If you are interested in volunteering as a coach and comply with the terms of engagement click here and apply for a position. It is important to please attach a CV to your email?
We coach in 3 ways:
- In a local accessible centre that has access to accessible computers where the coach and the student meet on a one to one basis.
- In homes that have accessible computers where the coach and the student meet on a one to one basis.
- With students permission, we can access their computer using free open-source remote desktop computer software from the student and coaches home.