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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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Games to Promote Student Learning

Games are a regular part of students' lives; they play games throughout the day on their computers, the Internet, and their cell phones. But what about the classroom? Academic games can have an effect on student achievement. This session will showcase some mathematics games that can have a significant effect on your students.

Janet Stramel

Janet Stramel

M.S., Ph.D.

Dr. Janet Stramel, Interim Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at Fort Hays State University, received a BS degree in Middle School Mathematics from the University of Central Oklahoma, Edmond, OK; an M.S. degree in Curriculum & Instruction with an emphasis in mathematics education from Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS; and a Ph.D. in Curriculum & Instruction from Kansas State University. She was a middle school mathematics teacher in Guthrie, OK from 1985-2001 and Wamego, KS from 2001-2009. During her time at FHSU, Dr. Stramel has been an assistant professor in teacher education with a focus on mathematics methods and the Director of Assessment and Accreditation. In May 2015, she was appointed as Interim Chair of the Department of Teacher Education at FHSU.

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Pediatric Power Mobility: The Importance of Early Mobility

This webinar will present the importance of early mobility, specifically the use of power wheelchairs with very young children. The course will review key developmental areas that are proven through research to improve through independent mobility. Specific developmental areas that will be addressed include motor, intellectual, psychosocial and vision.

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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Getting to Know Speak for Yourself

Speak for Yourself is an augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) app that is helping thousands of individuals with complex communication needs have a voice. Children as young as 11 months and adults pursuing a college degree are using it to successfully meet the communication needs in their lives. Learn about the evidence-based research and experience-based features that make Speak for Yourself complex enough to be functional for a range of AAC users and simple enough to be supported by parents and professionals.

Heidi LoStracco

Heidi LoStracco

MS, CCC-SLP

Heidi LoStracco, MS, CCC-SLP holds a Bachelor's Degree in Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences from Temple University, a Master's Degree in Speech-Language Pathology from LaSalle University, American Speech, Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) certification, and a New Jersey and Pennsylvania Speech-Language Pathology license.

For the last 10 years, Mrs. LoStracco has focused on augmentative and alternative communication for students who have complex communication needs (CCN). She is one of the creators of the Speak for Yourself AAC app and has a vast knowledge base in regard to communication devices, AAC apps and implementation in the school setting. She continues to work daily with students and young adults who have CCN and use AAC to communicate.

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AAC | SGDs | Apps

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Is ‘Active Listening’ The Key To Independent Note-taking?

Many colleges are now asking the question of how student independence in note-taking can be improved. While advances in AT have opened up opportunities for independence to return, many are still reliant upon the input of human note takers. In this webinar, we will look at the concept of ‘active listening’ and how combining this skill with AT can lead to more positive outcomes. Using the Notetalker solution, we will explore how note taking with a clear focus on active listening can deliver improved outcomes for students.

Adam Pearce

Adam Pearce

Business Development Director, Conversor

Adam Pearce is a former secondary school teacher from the UK. During Adam’s teaching career, Adam had the privilege of working with a diverse group of schools and learners both in the UK and the Middle East. Adam is a passionate advocate for the use of Audio in the classroom and now works as the Business Development Manager for Sonocent. Adam demonstrates, presents and embeds Sonocent Audio Notetaker to a range of educational institutions globally.

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Can Assistive Technology Flip The Classroom For All?

In this webinar, we will explore the concept of ‘flipping the classroom’ and evaluate how the Notetalker solution can be part of this lynchpin of the UDL movement. A key question for this presentation is whether AT can be part of a wider pedagogical strategy for a flipped classroom, that benefits all students by taking the same approaches for those with LDs and those without. During the course of this webinar, we will explore how the Notetalker solution can allow educators and all students to collaborate in a truly inclusive environment.

Adam Pearce

Adam Pearce

Business Development Director, Conversor

Adam Pearce is a former secondary school teacher from the UK. During Adam’s teaching career, Adam had the privilege of working with a diverse group of schools and learners both in the UK and the Middle East. Adam is a passionate advocate for the use of Audio in the classroom and now works as the Business Development Manager for Sonocent. Adam demonstrates, presents and embeds Sonocent Audio Notetaker to a range of educational institutions globally.

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Wearable Technology as AT

The latest trend in technology is wearable technology. From fitness trackers to the Apple Watch to the Internet of Things, this market is poised to explode. Market research shows that wearable device shipments will surpass 140 million and account for nearly $16 Billion in revenue by the end of 2016. With these devices comes new opportunity to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities. Learn how these devices can assist with organization, independence, communication and so much more.

Mike Marotta

Mike Marotta

RESNA Certified ATP

Mike has been an innovator in the field of assistive technology for over 20-years. Starting as a provider of direct services, he has transitioned to a leadership role within the assistive technology community that has seen him impacting not only service provision, but also systems change activities and pre-service training for new professionals..

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Technology Beyond the Classroom: Tools for Transition

This webinar will focus on providing supports to transition age individuals with disabilities via mobile devices to increase independence in the areas of employment, community living and post-secondary education. Using the built-in apps available on all mobile devices, along with specific supports to increase the functionality, individuals can build a customized transition toolkit.

Mike Marotta

Mike Marotta

RESNA Certified ATP

Mike has been an innovator in the field of assistive technology for over 20-years. Starting as a provider of direct services, he has transitioned to a leadership role within the assistive technology community that has seen him impacting not only service provision, but also systems change activities and pre-service training for new professionals..

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Apps | Transition | Mobile

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