This passion and expertise grows out of a deep personal understanding of learning disabilities. DJ Cunningham, CEO has a significant learning disability, as does his brother. In school he faced all the issues of those with hidden disabilities: feelings of inadequacy and stupidity, concealment, embarrassment, ridicule, teasing, being viewed as lazy or defiant. He used common coping mechanisms such as becoming invisible; acting out; and at times and with growing sophistication, “playing the LD card.” At Trent University, he discovered assistive technologies and a door to independence and academic success opened. DJ has been a user of Assistive Technologies for the past 10 years and has trained hundreds of students and led numerous training workshops.
Rick Cunningham, CLO(Chief Learning Officer) has extensive experience in Special Education as a teacher, working at Thistletown Regional Centre and as a teacher diagnostician at The Child Development Clinic of the Toronto Hospital for Sick Children. He has been an elementary and high school principal with the Toronto and York Region District School Boards. As a principal, he implemented a model of full inclusion supported by assistive technologies universally accessible on all computers in the school. Currently he is also the Associate Director of the Bachelor of Education Program at Tyndale University in Toronto.
In 2008, they formed LEARNstyle Ltd. and have been service providers for SEA claims training,PD sessions, Tutoring, Tech Camps and keynote speeches on Assistive Technologies. Our vision for Assistive Technology has grown and we now see it as truly necessary for some but beneficial for all.