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Using QIAT to Improve AT Services, Part 4: Using QIAT for Sustainability

QIAT Overview: Are you looking for ways to develop or improve your AT services? This series of four webinars will help you use the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services (QIAT) as a tool to evaluate and improve your existing AT service design. Each webinar will offer ideas, activities and examples of how QIAT has been used by AT programs across the country as well as internationally.

Part 4 Overview: The final webinar in the four-part series, Using QIAT to Improve AT Services, will focus on ongoing assessment, re-evaluation and re-visioning. sustainability of AT service improvement efforts will be discussed and ways to apply the research about the science of implementation suggested. Examples of ways that district, regional, and state programs have repeatedly used QIAT to assess their progress and move forward with QIAT will be given.

Joan Breslin-Larson

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Joan Breslin-Larson

M.Ed.

Joan Breslin-Larson, M.Ed., is the supervisor for low incidence disabilities and special education workforce at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), where she has worked since 1999. She brings many years of experiences as an independent assistive technology consultant and adult educator to her work at MDE. Joan is the parent of 3 children, all of whom are now adults, one of whom had an IEP.

Diana Foster Carl

Diana Foster Carl

M.A., L.S.S.P.

Diana Foster Carl, M.A., L.S.S.P., is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology in Texas with more than 30 years’ experience in various capacities in public education. Diana is a former Director of Special Education Services at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas and was lead facilitator of the Texas Assistive Technology Network for twelve years. Currently, Diana contracts with CAST as the Special Projects Coordinator for the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials. Diana’s daughter has cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair for mobility.

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Using QIAT to Improve AT Services, Part 2: Using QIAT to Set Program Goals

QIAT Overview: Are you looking for ways to develop or improve your AT services? This series of four webinars will help you use the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services (QIAT) as a tool to evaluate and improve your existing AT service design. Each webinar will offer ideas, activities and examples of how QIAT has been used by AT programs across the country as well as internationally.

Part 2 Overview: Once a team has created a vision and set goals for developing or improving AT services there are many decisions to be made. How should the team proceed? What is the most effective use of the team's efforts? Who should be involved in planning and implementation? In the second webinar of the Using QIAT series, information about the types of actions that are most effective in developing an AT service improvement plan will be provided and tools and examples of the ways that teams have used QIAT to help create a plan of action will be shared.

Joan Breslin-Larson

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Joan Breslin-Larson

M.Ed.

Joan Breslin-Larson, M.Ed., is the supervisor for low incidence disabilities and special education workforce at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), where she has worked since 1999. She brings many years of experiences as an independent assistive technology consultant and adult educator to her work at MDE. Joan is the parent of 3 children, all of whom are now adults, one of whom had an IEP.

Joy Smiley Zabala

Joy Smiley Zabala

Ed.D., ATP

Joy Smiley Zabala, Ed.D., ATP, is a general and special educator who has worked with students, families, education agencies, and others across the USA and abroad for more than 25 years to expand the use of assistive technology to increase the communication, participation and productivity of people with disabilities. She is the developer of the SETT Framework (http://www.joyzabala.com/). Joy is the Director of Technical Assistance for CAST and the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (http://aim.cast.org).

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Using QIAT to Improve AT Services, Part 3: Using QIAT to Move Forward

QIAT Overview: Are you looking for ways to develop or improve your AT services? This series of four webinars will help you use the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services (QIAT) as a tool to evaluate and improve your existing AT service design. Each webinar will offer ideas, activities and examples of how QIAT has been used by AT programs across the country as well as internationally.

Part 3 Overview: In the third webinar of this four-part series, ways that QIAT can be used as a tool to move forward with the plan to improve AT services will be discussed. An overview of research about effective implementation will be provided and how the principles can be applied to your team’s improvement planning will be shared. Participants will complete an activity designed to identify first steps and determine priorities for allocation of their time and resources.

Penny Reed

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Penny Reed

PhD, MA

Penny Reed has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Indiana University and master’s and doctoral degrees in Special Education from the University of Oregon. She has been a teacher, consultant and administrator in the field of special education and assistive technology. Dr. Reed regularly provides consultation and training on a variety of topics related to assistive technology with a special focus on helping school districts improve their delivery of assistive technology services. She is the author of numerous publications about assistive technology services.

Gayl Bowser

Gayl Bowser

M.Ed

Gayl Bowser’s work as an independent consultant focuses on the integration of technology into the educational programs of students with disabilities. Ms. Bowser provides assistive technology consultation, training and technical assistance throughout the United States and internationally. Gayl has co-authored numerous publications about assistive technology services and is a member of the leadership team of the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) Consortium. She is a member of the faculty for Portland State University and the University of Oregon. You can learn more about Gayl on her blog at http://www.integrateat.com

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Using QIAT to Improve AT Services, Part 1: Using QIAT to Develop Improvement Plans

QIAT Overview: Are you looking for ways to develop or improve your AT services? This series of four webinars will help you use the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services (QIAT) as a tool to evaluate and improve your existing AT service design. Each webinar will offer ideas, activities and examples of how QIAT has been used by AT programs across the country as well as internationally.

Part 1 Overview: The first of four webinars about using the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services (QIAT), will offer an overview of the quality indicators and the tools that have been developed by the QIAT Consortium to make them more useful. Ways that QIAT can be used as a self-evaluation tool by IEP teams, district AT teams and state and regional programs as well as ways that the results of the QIAT self-evaluation can be used to create a vision for an AT program will be discussed. Stories about teams who have used them will be shared.

Joy Smiley Zabala

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Joy Smiley Zabala

Ed.D., ATP

Joy Smiley Zabala, Ed.D., ATP, is a general and special educator who has worked with students, families, education agencies, and others across the USA and abroad for more than 25 years to expand the use of assistive technology to increase the communication, participation and productivity of people with disabilities. She is the developer of the SETT Framework (http://www.joyzabala.com/). Joy is the Director of Technical Assistance for CAST and the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (http://aim.cast.org).

Diana Foster Carl

Diana Foster Carl

M.A., L.S.S.P.

Diana Foster Carl, M.A., L.S.S.P., is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology in Texas with more than 30 years’ experience in various capacities in public education. Diana is a former Director of Special Education Services at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas and was lead facilitator of the Texas Assistive Technology Network for twelve years. Currently, Diana contracts with CAST as the Special Projects Coordinator for the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials. Diana’s daughter has cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair for mobility.

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Delivering Effective Paraeducator Support to Students with Disabilities: A Delicate Dance

The Paraeducator Series will offer three webinars designed to increase the knowledge and skills of paraeducators in supporting students with disabilities in diverse settings. Combined, the focus of the webinars is to prepare paraeducators to provide optimal support that assists student’s learning success while facilitating self-dependence. This series should be appealing to teachers who guide and supervise paraeducators routinely as well as district special education trainers in their design and delivery of professional development.

Part 1: This webinar session will identify the steps and strategies – based on best-practices research – on how the paraeducator support has to be carefully choreographed to be not too intrusive while improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities. With the aid of classroom scenarios and student-specific vignettes involving both general education and special education settings, participants will learn how to achieve a balance between providing personalized support to maximize learning opportunities for students while encouraging the growth of independence.

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is an author of multiple books on special education topics and speaks and trains at international and national conferences. She holds multiple graduate degrees and provides educational consulting services to school districts.

Driven by an intense commitment to help students with autism to be successful in the education setting and attain desirable long-term outcomes, Padmaja has written recently a quick reference autism guide, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Seven Steps of Support , published by NPR, Inc. in March 2015 and also updated her autism book, Positive Behavioral Intervention for Students With Autism: A Practical Guide to Avoiding the Legal Risks of Seclusion and Restraint (published by LRP Publications in 2014).

A completely revised second edition of Serving Students with Severe and multiple Disabilities: A Guide to strategies for Successful Learning was released in September, 2014 by LRP Publications. The book portrays a rich variety of strategies and adaptation ideas for educators to deliver invigorated instruction to actively engage and enable learners with significant and multiple disabilities.

She can be reached at psarathy@earthlink.net and her website is www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com.

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Teacher and Paraeducator Teaming for Student Success

The Paraeducator Series will offer three webinars designed to increase the knowledge and skills of paraeducators in supporting students with disabilities in diverse settings. Combined, the focus of the webinars is to prepare paraeducators to provide optimal support that assists student’s learning success while facilitating self-dependence. This series should be appealing to teachers who guide and supervise paraeducators routinely as well as district special education trainers in their design and delivery of professional development.

Part 2: This webinar session will address the essentials of a winning teacher-paraeducator team to support students with disabilities. Besides gaining greater clarity about teacher-paraeducator role differentiation, participants will learn steps and processes to achieve collaboration, communication and conflict resolution skills for learner success.

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is an author of multiple books on special education topics and speaks and trains at international and national conferences. She holds multiple graduate degrees and provides educational consulting services to school districts.

Driven by an intense commitment to help students with autism to be successful in the education setting and attain desirable long-term outcomes, Padmaja has written recently a quick reference autism guide, Autism Spectrum Disorders: Seven Steps of Support , published by NPR, Inc. in March 2015 and also updated her autism book, Positive Behavioral Intervention for Students With Autism: A Practical Guide to Avoiding the Legal Risks of Seclusion and Restraint (published by LRP Publications in 2014).

A completely revised second edition of Serving Students with Severe and multiple Disabilities: A Guide to strategies for Successful Learning was released in September, 2014 by LRP Publications. The book portrays a rich variety of strategies and adaptation ideas for educators to deliver invigorated instruction to actively engage and enable learners with significant and multiple disabilities.

She can be reached at psarathy@earthlink.net and her website is www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com.

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Fun Activities Using Remote Controlled Devices

This presentation will include suggestions for remote toys and devices that are easy to use and can be adapted for home and classroom. In addition, ideas will be reviewed on what to consider when purchasing devices using transmitters and receivers.

Mary Hager

Mary Hager

MA, OTR/L, FAOTA

Mary Hager, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA has been an occupational therapist for over 38 years; most of this time spent working with children in the Kanawha County Schools System in West Virginia. She also served as the WV school liaison for many years. She received a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a MA in Special Education from Marshall University. Mary has presented at numerous national and state conferences. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and has mentored many OT and OTA students.

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Choose and Learn with Your Eyes Using myGaze

Eye trackers are tools that measure how our eyes behave. They monitor what we look at, for how long, and where our eyes go. For many years eye-gaze technology has been used as an alternative-access method for individuals with physical disabilities. It allows a person to operate a computer or control the environment without having to drag a mouse. And it is faster, easier, and more efficient than other access methods. Recently, however, eye-gaze devices are used more and more in the classroom, especially in environments that provide different methods to access content and promote inclusion for learners of all abilities. That’s because eye-gaze technology is more affordable and easier to setup and utilize. In this webinar we will explore the myGaze device, a very popular eye tracker from Visual Interaction. This device is user-friendly, simple to setup and calibrate, and requires no training. It is small and lightweight and can be attached to most monitors and laptops. Paired with a powerful mouse emulation software (EyeMouse Play), myGaze can be used to control other software, navigate websites, access learning materials, play games, and communicate. With specific software, it is also a valuable assessment tool that can provide information about what a student focuses on, what attracts his/her attention, and what he/she understands. Workshop participants will view many examples of activities created for various software applications and designed for eye-gaze users to promote participation, engagement, and inclusion. Resources and strategies will be shared with attendees. Materials for Classroom Suite will be posted to the Classroom Suite Activity Exchange.

Fiorella Quinn

Fiorella Quinn

M.S. Private Consultant, Developer

Fiorella (Fio) Quinn has an extensive background in special education, assistive technology, and music. Her expertise comes from thirty years in the educational field (both in Italy and the United States) as a teacher, trainer, presenter, and developer of learning resources.
At present, Fio lives and works in the U.S. but maintains her "educational ties" in two continents. She is an independent consultant and a developer of technology-based materials. She presents at national conferences and regularly gives workshops and training on specific software and apps.
Fio has co-authored several collections of ready-made activities and templates for different software applications such as Classroom Suite, Clicker 5 and 6, and Mind Express.

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Pediatric Seating

This webinar will address the specific issues of Pediatric Seating. Growth, of course, is key with this population. Flexibility in a seating system is also required to accommodate orthopedic and range of motion changes and medical interventions, including surgeries and tone management. Positioning is also dependent on the mobility base, as many children use adaptive strollers, dependent manual wheelchairs, self-propulsion wheelchairs and power wheelchairs.

Michelle Lange

Michelle Lange

OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Michelle is an occupational therapist with 25 years of experience and former Clinical Director of The Assistive Technology Clinics of The Children’s Hospital of Denver. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored 7 book chapters and over 100 articles. She is the editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed. Michelle is on the teaching faculty of RESNA and the University of Pittsburgh. She is on the RERC on Wheeled Mobility Advisory Board. Michelle is a credentialed ATP, credentialed SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.

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Dynamic Seating

Dynamic seating has three primary functions – to allow movement, to diffuse force and to protect the seating system and mounting hardware. Dynamic options continue to expand and improve. This webinar will take a look at the product options, discuss clinical indicators and contra-indicators for dynamic components and present case studies to illustrate these points. Providing movement has been shown to both calm agitated clients and help sub-aroused clients to be more alert.

Michelle Lange

Michelle Lange

OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Michelle is an occupational therapist with 25 years of experience and former Clinical Director of The Assistive Technology Clinics of The Children’s Hospital of Denver. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored 7 book chapters and over 100 articles. She is the editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed. Michelle is on the teaching faculty of RESNA and the University of Pittsburgh. She is on the RERC on Wheeled Mobility Advisory Board. Michelle is a credentialed ATP, credentialed SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.

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