Feature Match… What’s That?

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

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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How Do I Determine What Type of Switch the Student Can Use?

Switch assessment determines the optimal switch location and switch type. This webinar will review the latest available switches and provide clinical indicators for selection. How Do I Determine What Type of Switch the Student Can Use? 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.

Intermediate

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Fun Activities Using Interactive Devices – 30 minutes

This presentation will demonstrate several interactive devices that are easy to use and can be adapted for home and classroom.They are readily available and are low cost. In addition, ideas will be reviewed on what to consider when purchasing interactive devices. Fun Activities Using Interactive Devices Handout

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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How Do I Determine Where the Student Can Access A Switch? – 60 minutes

Switch Access can be used to control speech generating devices, computers, mobile technologies, and power wheelchairs. Switch access is one means of controlling these devices. Access evaluation is used to determine the optimal location for a switch. This webinar will present assessment criteria and a hierarchy of possible switch placements. How Do I Determine Where the Student Can Access A Switch? 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 Executive Function in the Early Years: Designing Environmental Scaffolds and Child-specific Interventions Webinar Series – 60 minutes

Cultivate Cognitive Flexibility Executive functioning, an important area of growth during the early childhood period, is critical for school readiness and success. This webinar series will present easy-to-use environmental scaffolds, growth-promoting instructional experiences and child-specific interventions woven into the daily routines to develop and strengthen executive functioning in young children, those who have or at risk for developmental delays.

Participants will be able to: Increase their awareness and understanding of the growth of executive functioning in young children and how crucial these skills are for their development, learning and social competence.
Gain skills in creating growth-promoting environments and personalized instructional interventions to develop and strengthen executive functioning – working memory, cognitive flexibility, self-control – in young children, those who have or at risk for developmental delays.
Learn how to engineer easy-to-use learner-specific scaffolds and adaptations to increase access, engagement and participation of young children with special needs to enable their attainment of social-emotional, language and cognitive competence, and school readiness skills. Strengthening Executive Function in the Early Years: Designing Environmental Scaffolds and Child-specific Interventions - Cultivate Cognitive Flexibility 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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Strengthening Executive Function in the Early Years: Designing Environmental Scaffolds and Child-specific Interventions – Fostering Inhibitory Control – 60 minutes

Fostering Inhibitory Control Executive functioning, an important area of growth during the early childhood period, is critical for school readiness and success. This webinar series will present easy-to-use environmental scaffolds, growth-promoting instructional experiences and child-specific interventions woven into the daily routines to develop and strengthen executive functioning in young children, those who have or at risk for developmental delays.

Participants will be able to: Increase their awareness and understanding of the growth of executive functioning in young children and how crucial these skills are for their development, learning and social competence.
Gain skills in creating growth-promoting environments and personalized instructional interventions to develop and strengthen executive functioning – working memory, cognitive flexibility, self-control – in young children, those who have or at risk for developmental delays.
Learn how to engineer easy-to-use learner-specific scaffolds and adaptations to increase access, engagement and participation of young children with special needs to enable their attainment of social-emotional, language and cognitive competence, and school readiness skills. Strengthening Executive Function in the Early Years Designing Environmental Scaffolds and Child-specific Interventions-Inhibitory 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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Where to start? Examining the Language Organization of Communication Devices and Strategies to Support Their Use – 60 minutes

Where do we start? How do we teach speech generating devices (SGD) to individuals who have exceptional and complex communication needs? This webinar examines the language representation and organization on various SGDs. We will also focus on strategies for working with a wide range of device users: users with language skills at the cause effect level up to those using dynamic communication devices. Join us to discuss symbol representation, vocabulary sets, and use/implementation of various forms of Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Where to start - Examining the Language Organization of Communication Devices and Strategies to Support Their Use Handout

Megan Mussano

Megan Mussano

M.S. CCC-SLP/L, ATP

Megan Mussano M.S. CCC-SLP/L, ATP is a full time Assisstive Technology Coordinator for an Illinois K-12 school district. She has been an Assistive Technology specialist for 6 years with an additional 8 years of experience as a Speech Language Pathologist. She provides professional development at various conferences and is the instructor for an AT course at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

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Why is the Student Having Difficulty With Eye Gaze? – 60-minutes

Eye Gaze is a very powerful technology often used to access a speech generating device. What if a student is struggling with this access method? This webinar will address strategies to determine if a student is using the optimal access method and what can be done to optimize use of eye gaze. Why is the Student Having Difficulty With Eye Gaze? 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.

Intermediate

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Why is the Student Having Difficulty With Direct Access? – 60-minutes

Your student is using Direct Access to control a speech generating device, but is struggling. How do you determine if the issue is motor-based or something else? If the client is struggling due to motor skills, what can be done to optimize Direct Access and when are other access methods more appropriate? Why is the Student Having Difficulty With Direct Access? 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.

Intermediate

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