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2012-11-13

TELUS gift benefits students at OCTC school.

"Learning without limits"

OTTAWA, November 13, 2012- Primary students at the Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre School (OCTC) now have access to even more of the latest technological resources tohelp them further develop their communication skills and to be independent learners in the 21st century thanks to a generous gift from the TELUS Ottawa Community Board.

 

"Interfacing with these new tablets, smart boards and voice enhancement devices from TELUS gives our students more opportunity to expand their learning, become more independent, develop their potential, and participate actively in daily life," said OCTC School principal, Leslie Walker.

Over the past six years, TELUS has donated nearly $100,000 to OCTC for different initiatives such as the Assistive Technology Program that provides specialized technology services for children and youth up to age 19.

"The TELUS Ottawa Community Board is proud to partner with the OCTC by providing funding for leading-edge communication devices to be used in the classroom," added Arnie Vered, Chair of the TELUS Ottawa Community Board. "TELUS, through the work of the TELUS Ottawa Community Board, is committed to supporting our communities by helping to create a more caring and healthy place for children, youth and their families. By supporting organizations such as the OCTC, we can make a difference that will last for many years to come."

The use of technology at the OCTC School enhances how the teaching staff assist children with disabilities, including cerebral palsy, developmental delay, autism spectrum disorders and brain injury, in their learning experience. Through its Clinic for Augmentative Communication, the School provides equipment and support to children and youth who have severe difficulty speaking or writing, and who require augmentative and alternative methods of communication.

"For example, children who are unable to speak or whose speech is very difficult to understand may learn to communicate their needs and ideas through picture boards or voice output devices," explained School principal Walker. "Children who are physically unable to write may learn to use adapted computers to complete their homework or to compose emails to their friends."

Specialized in early intervention, the OCTC School weaves education and therapy goals to maximize the potential of the young clients. The specialized teaching staff is very committed to a continuum of growth and opportunity in partnership with a fully inclusive model, which is the future for the majority of the students.

TELUS (TSX: T, T.A; NYSE: TU) is a leading national telecommunications company in Canada, with $10.8 billion of annual revenue and 13.0 million customer connections including 7.6 million wireless subscribers, 3.4 million wireline network access lines, 1.3 million Internet subscribers and more than 635,000 TELUS TV customers. Led since 2000 by President and CEO, Darren Entwistle, TELUS provides a wide range of communications products and services including wireless, data, Internet protocol (IP), voice, television, entertainment and video.

In support of their philosophy to give where we live, TELUS, their team members and retirees have contributed more than $260 million to charitable and not-for-profit organizations and volunteered 4.2 million hours of service to local communities since 2000. Fourteen TELUS Community Boards lead TELUS' local philanthropic initiatives. TELUS was honoured to be named the most outstanding philanthropic corporation globally for 2010 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals, becoming the first Canadian company to receive this prestigious international recognition.

For more information about TELUS, please visit www.telus.com

The Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre (OCTC) is a leader in providing bilingual, specialized care for children and youth with multiple physical, developmental and associated behavioural needs.

Creating opportunities today, Maximizing independence tomorrow.

For more information on how the new technologies are used in the OCTC School classrooms, see the video on our Website at www.octc.ca.

For more information:

Evelyne Paulauskas                                                                                                                    epaulauskas@octc.ca                                                                                                                                            613 688-2126 ext. 4316

OR

For more information, please contact:

Anne Huot
Director of Client Programs & Information
Ottawa Children's Treatment Centre
2211 Thurston Drive
(613) 688-2126 x 4344

Additional Information

Telus MEDIA release Nov13
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