Creating an Inclusive Work Environment Through the Use of Mainstream Technologies – 60 minutes

In this presentation, we'll explore the ways in which the power of everyday technology can be harnessed to support employees with diverse strengths and needs. Everyday technology, or "mainstream" technology, is readily available, affordable, and can provide practical solutions to the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and their employers. Participants in this presentation will leave with resources and strategies that can be easily implemented in the workplace. In addition, we will spend some time discussing specialized technologies that can be utilized to support individuals with more complex needs. Creating an Inclusive Work Environment Through the Use of Mainstream Technologies Handout

Lisa R. Tebo

Lisa R. Tebo

OTD, OTR/L, ATP

Lisa Tebo is a clinical assistant professor in the Clarkson University's Occupational Therapy Program. She received her Masters of Science in Special Education with a Concentration in Assistive Technology from Bowling Green State University, and her Post-Professional Doctorate in OT from Thomas Jefferson University. She has had her ATP certification from RESNA since 2010. Lisa teaches multiple courses on assistive technology at the graduate level, and is the Director of CU OT's Assistive Technology Resource & Education Center. She has served as a consultant to numerous school districts and disability service agencies, providing professional development and training for staff, as well as guidance in program development. She has extensive experience providing both direct and consultative AT services to children and adults through public education and vocational rehabilitative programs.

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Understanding Mathematics Instruction: Developing Number Sense Through Subtraction Exploration – 60 minutes

This presentation will help teachers make strong mathematical connections in order to allow all children to experience and enjoy the reasoning behind mathematics as we explore the conceptualization of subtraction. Students, as well as many adults, have developed the procedural knowledge needed to produce to the "right" answer without any true understanding of how or why a procedure really worked. It is our job to ensure that students start to demystify and conceptualize mathematics and build conceptualization. Understanding Mathematics Instruction: Developing Number Sense Through Subtraction Exploration Handout

Dr. Chris Cain

Dr. Chris Cain

NCBT

Dr. Cain is a tenured professor in the Education Department at Mars Hill University. His current research focuses on understanding how educational practitioners develop mathematical concepts beyond the procedural algorithm. He is particularly interested in how conceptual and language based mathematical learning can be fostered in the classroom.

Dr. Cain is a dynamic speaker / presenter with real world teaching experience in both the general and special education classroom settings. He has a passion for mathematics, students with special needs and those who work with them. Dr. Cain works in multiple states to help develop teacher understanding and improve the outcomes for all students by creating cohesive and collaborative multi-tiered systems and researched based professional development to support instruction in the mathematics classroom.

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Mindfulness, Yoga and Breathing Practices to Help Children Learn Calming Techniques and Attention Control – 60 minutes

This webinar session will demonstrate embedding Yoga and Mindfulness experiences as an integral part of the routine in early childhood and elementary classrooms to help children learn calming techniques and attention control. The growing interest in mindfulness and yoga practices has captured the attention of researchers, educators, and many families. This may be due to the immediate and positive outcomes associated with mindfulness and yoga activities. Studies show that these activities help to reduce anxiety and stress levels, and to calm down enabling children to develop self-regulation and build focus for learning. These practices can provide young students with simple, positive, and fun tools that they can use throughout their lives. Mindfulness, Yoga and Breathing Practices to Help Children Learn Calming Techniques and Attention Control Handout

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

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How Do I Develop Scanning Skills? – 60 minutes

Switches are often used to access various assistive technology devices. Switch scanning is a common strategy, particularly when accessing a speech generating device. This webinar will present strategies to develop scanning skills to optimize use of speech generating devices. How Do I Develop Scanning Skills? handout

Michelle Lange

Michelle Lange

OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS


Michelle is an occupational therapist with 30 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 10 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator and Clinical Editor of Directions magazine. Michelle is on the teaching faculty of RESNA. Michelle is a member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.

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Strengthening Working Memory (Executive Function) in the Early Years: Designing Environmental Scaffolds and Child-specific Interventions – 60 minutes

Executive functioning, an important area of growth during the early childhood period, is critical for school readiness and success. This webinar will focus on strengthening working memory, an essential component of executive functioning. The session will present easy-to-use environmental scaffolds, growth-promoting instructional experiences and child-specific interventions woven into the daily routines to promote working memory in all young children, including those who have or at risk for developmental delays. Strengthening Working Memory (Executive Function) in the Early Years: Designing Environmental Scaffolds and Child-specific Interventions handout

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

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Developing Standards-based IEPs for Students with Significant Needs: Aligning IEPs, Instruction and Alternate Assessment – 60 minutes

This webinar will provide guidance on developing standards-based IEPs that connects with specially designed instruction applying UDL principles for students with significant cognitive disabilities, and multiple disabilities. The webinars will demonstrate how to craft IEP goals considering the individual student’s strengths and needs in relation to accessing and mastering the general curriculum and to align it with the instructional delivery providing learner-specific scaffolds and supports. A number of student scenarios, functioning at diverse skill levels and across grade levels, will be depicted. This session will target communication, social and behavioral skills, and daily living skills. Developing Standards-based IEPs for Students with Significant Needs: Aligning IEPs, Instruction and Alternate Assessment - Handout

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

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What Do You Know About Twice Exceptionality? Groundbreaking Tools for Addressing the Needs of the Twice Exceptional Student. – 60 minutes

In this session, participants will be introduced to the wild world of the twice-exceptional student. A brief overview of twice-exceptionality will be provided, followed by a discussion of strategies and tools that can be used to meet these students’ unique blend of brilliance and challenge in learning, communicating, and being in the world. Finally, a presentation of tools and strategies to help students learn to use strengths to buffer challenges will be provided. Let’s help these students shine! What Do You Know About Twice Exceptionality? Groundbreaking Tools for Addressing the Needs of the Twice Exceptional Student. - Handout

Jennifer Courduff

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Jennifer Courduff

Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Courduff is an Associate Professor at Azusa Pacific University where she develops courses and teaches in the Master of Arts: Learning and Technology program. She is an active member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and advocates for the needs of special education teachers in several professional learning communities. Her research and presentations focus on technology integration within inclusive learning environments and mobile learning.

Chris Wenger

Chris Wenger

CCC-SLP

Christopher M. Wenger is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. He received a master’s degree in education (with emphasis in mild/moderate disabilities) from Cal State San Bernardino in 2005, and a master’s degree in communicative disorders from Cal State Northridge in 2011. Chris has a strong background in working with individuals with learning disabilities and in program improvements for high school students. Additionally, he holds an AT/AAC certificate from West End Selpa. He has a broad experience in working with technology integration for individuals with special needs.

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How Do I Develop Switch Skills? – 60 minutes

You have selected an optimal switch site and switch type. How do you help the student to develop switch competence? This webinar will present strategies to increase the student’s ability to use a switch effectively. How do I Develop Switch Skills? Hanodout

Michelle Lange

Michelle Lange

OTR/L, ABDA, ATP/SMS


Michelle is an occupational therapist with 30 years of experience and has been in private practice, Access to Independence, for over 10 years. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored numerous texts, chapters, and articles. She is the co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed., NRRTS Continuing Education Curriculum Coordinator and Clinical Editor of Directions magazine. Michelle is on the teaching faculty of RESNA. Michelle is a member of the Clinician Task Force. Michelle is a certified ATP, certified SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.

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Feature Match… What’s That? – 60 minutes

As a key component of an Assistive Technology Assessment, Feature Match, is often misunderstood, misused, or missed completely in the process of a consumer receiving an unbiased and full-scoping AT evaluation. Often consumers are met with AT tool recommendations based upon the knowledge base of their local assessor, rather than the consumers own full range of abilities and needs being matched to the features that are available throughout a wide range of products that are available throughout the marketplace. AT and Rehabilitation Technology providers do not always need to know ALL of the products that are available, but they do need to know how to do a proper Feature Match process and how to search for products beyond their immediate toolbox. Join Kirk and Kelly to explore these options and receive a full set of feature match charts that are composed to range a wide variety of AT areas. Feature Match...What's That? Handout

Kirk Behnke

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Kirk Behnke

M.Ed., ATP

Kirk was the Director of Technical Assistance for the National Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center at CAST where he supported the delivery of universal, targeted and intensive technical assistance and learning opportunities regarding accessible educational materials and accessible technologies within the United States and abroad. Kirk has presented nationally and internationally on Assistive Technology (AT), Web Tools and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for over 25 years. His passion is helping to facilitate excellence in learning for all, whether it is in a classroom, lecture hall or presentation room. His greatest accomplishment was the development and implementation of the “Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)” at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Kirk holds a Master’s degree from Temple University in Education/Special Education, a credential as an Assistive Technology Professional from the Rehabilitation and Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) and a Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from the University College of Dublin, Ireland. He was the former Lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network at Region 4 Education Service Center.

Kelly Fonner

Kelly Fonner

MS

Kelly is a self-employed consultant and trainer in assistive and educational technology. She has a BS in Special Education from Millersville University & an MS in Educational Technology with emphasis in Rehabilitation/Special Education Technology from The Johns Hopkins University. Her continuing education & research is in the area of Adult Education & Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She holds an Assistive Technology Applications Certificate of Learning from California State University - Northridge. Kelly has been a teacher, para-educator, instructional media specialist, assistive technology specialist in early education, school & university settings. She has worked for a statewide AT project & has been an instructor in university courses.

Since 1986 Kelly has presented at schools, conferences, & to families in 48 states and internationally (Australia, Canada, South Africa). She speaks on a wide-range of topics including augmentative communication, computer access, electronic literacy, study skills, AT assessment & implementation strategies. Each year, she works with approximately 50 school-based teams & families supporting students’ implementation of AAC & literacy implementation in the classroom. Kelly is also the relative to individuals with CP, Aspergers & acquired disabilities, which impacts her perspective on the field. She is available to do seminars, webinars, consultations & workshops.

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Accessibility in Mobile Devices: Updates from the Field – 60 minutes

In this session, participants will be provided with a short refresher on accessibility features offered on iOS12, Google Chrome, and Android-based devices. The majority of the session will focus on application: Participants will be provided with scenarios for applying accessibility tools for a variety of purposes including personal and professional productivity. Accessibility in Mobile Devices: Updates from the Field Handout

Jennifer Courduff

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Jennifer Courduff

Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Courduff is an Associate Professor at Azusa Pacific University where she develops courses and teaches in the Master of Arts: Learning and Technology program. She is an active member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and advocates for the needs of special education teachers in several professional learning communities. Her research and presentations focus on technology integration within inclusive learning environments and mobile learning.

Chris Wenger

Chris Wenger

CCC-SLP

Christopher M. Wenger is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. He received a master’s degree in education (with emphasis in mild/moderate disabilities) from Cal State San Bernardino in 2005, and a master’s degree in communicative disorders from Cal State Northridge in 2011. Chris has a strong background in working with individuals with learning disabilities and in program improvements for high school students. Additionally, he holds an AT/AAC certificate from West End Selpa. He has a broad experience in working with technology integration for individuals with special needs.

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