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Voices in AAC Apps: What Are the Options and the Opportunities?

This webinar will discuss the available social media options in current AAC apps. It will explore the benefits and challenges of the current integration of mainstream social media in specialist AAC apps on the iPad. The presentation will also explore how apps in this field are catering to everyday communication functions such as email, SMS, and Skype.

Rebecca Bright

Rebecca Bright

BSpPath MRCSLT regHPC MASLTIP

Rebecca Bright is a speech and language therapist with over 11 years experience in working with adults with neurological communication disabilities. In 2011 Rebecca, a co-founder of TBoxApps, launched Predictable and Scene & Heard, both award winning AAC apps for the iPad. In 2012, TBoxApps have launched Predictable in 5 more languages and on the Android platform. Rebecca regularly presents workshops in Europe on how speech and language therapists and educators can use tablet technology in their practice.

Beginner

SGDs | AAC | Apps

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Examining Your School’s AT Service Design, Session 1: Re-examining Your Service Design

This three-part series will offer new ways to think about how your education agency provides Assistive Technology (AT) services.  Each webinar in this three part series will offer new ideas and paradigms to help you create a vision for changes in the design of your services to help you better meet the needs of your students who need AT. Session 1 Overview: In part 1 of this three-part series, we will talk about a rationale for re-examining the ways your agency provides AT services. Why is it important to step back and take a look at your service model?  How can you create a vision of AT services that clearly describes the population you serve and the kinds of services you provide?  We’ll look at the ways that AT teams spend their resources and begin to develop a vision of a re-designed service model with clearly defined goals and targets for change. Afterwards participants will:

  1. Be able to list and understand three key aspects of effective coaching.
  2. Develop their own “question recipe” to use in providing supports for students who use AT.
  3. Develop a personal plan to use coaching as a strategy in a specific situation where they provide supports for AT use.

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

Beginner/Intermediate

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Switch Assessment, Part 1: Determining the Best Switch Type and Location For Clients With Muscle Weakness

This webinar will present assessment strategies to determine the optimal switch location and switch type to provide access for clients with muscle weakness. These clients require a switch placement and type that can capture very limited movement and force. Case studies will be included.

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.

Beginner

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IntelliKeys and Switch Access to Classroom Suite

Students can access Classroom Suite activities using a mouse, touch screen, IntelliKeys or switches. The IntelliKeys is a programmable alternative keyboard. The IntelliSwitch has five switch ports, is also programmable and is a nice tool to use with inclusive activities and students who use switches for access. All of the Classroom Suite templates and many Classroom Suite activities can be accessed using the IntelliKeys and switches. In this session, we will introduce you to Overlay Maker which is the software tool that allows you to customize the IntelliKeys and switch content. We will also review how to setup switches and use the scanning feature for students using any switch interface.

Suzanne Feit

Suzanne Feit

Over the past 35 years Suzanne has become nationally known as an educator and technology advocate: supporting educators and parents of students with physical disabilities, learning disabilities and significant cognitive challenges. Her role is to take the curriculum, make it accessible to students for practice, reinforcement, skill development as well as, data collection. Her goal, is to provide, through the application of adaptive technologies, access to information for all students.

My background includes a leadership role as founder and director of a non-profit AT resource center that was part of the Alliance for Technology Access; where I conducted evaluations, consultations and curriculum adaptations. I have taught at the university level, am a frequent presenter and participant on the advances in current assistive learning technologies at major industry and educational conferences. I have worked with IntelliTools Products as a curriculum and training specialist for 25 years.

Beginner

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Introduction for Practitioners to New Assistive Technology Support Services from AbleNet

As part of the IEP planning process, IDEA mandates that the assistive technology (AT) needs of students be considered, yet the selection and implementation of AT continues to be a significant challenge for districts around the country. This webinar will introduce teachers and practitioners to the new Assistive Technology Support Service from AbleNet, a comprehensive program designed to help school districts meet the AT needs of identified students. This year-long program of support includes help with conducting AT assessments, providing product trials, delivering on-going support with technology implementation, and documenting AT utilization. This webinar will provide an overview of the program, as well as a look at Learning Management System from AbleNet, an online tool for teachers and administrators, to support and document effective implementation practices.

Cindy Richardson

Cindy Richardson

M. Ed.

Cindy is an Assistive Technology Consultant, specializing in the areas of student assessment, professional development, and curriculum access and success through technology. She has worked with individuals with disabilities for over 25 years, and holds a M.Ed. degree from George Mason University in Assistive/Special Education Technology. Cindy consults with PreK-12 school based teams, to provide assessments that identify technology tools and instructional strategies that support the academic and functional success of students with mild to severe disabilities. She also mentors and trains members of school based teams on strategies to increase student access and success within the general education curriculum through the effective use of technology.

Beginner

IEP | Implementation | Support | AT

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AT for Common Core College and Career Readiness for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Part 1: Communication

Communicative Competency is the foundation to instruction. Students with significant disabilities must also be able to achieve all the aspects of communication including exchanging information and ideas, ask and answer questions, and make comments about daily life, the world in which they live and the academic content in their classes. This workshop will explore a variety of communication options for these students.

Tana Donaghy

Tana Donaghy

Ed. D.

Meet Tana Donaghy, Tana is the President and Founder of Educational Equity For All, and has worked with students with Moderate to Severe and Profound Disabilities for over 18 years. She has been a classroom teacher and Senior Program Specialist. She has trained teachers, paraeducators, administrators and parents across the nation on how to improve instructional practices for this student population. She has a multiple subject general education credential as well as an educational specialist credential. She is currently completing her Ed.D in Education focusing on standards based instruction for students with profound multiple disabilities who are functioning below 24 months. She has served on state organizations developing and training on programming and curriculum and instruction for students with mild to severe disabilities from birth to 22 years of age.

Beginner

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AT for Common Core College and Career Readiness for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Part 2: Fluency in Reading, Writing and Math

Opportunities for learning academic content is essential for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Functional skills can be taught as part of any academic lesson. This workshop will explore instructional and access strategies for literacy, math and science concepts for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Tana Donaghy

Tana Donaghy

Ed. D.

Meet Tana Donaghy, Tana is the President and Founder of Educational Equity For All, and has worked with students with Moderate to Severe and Profound Disabilities for over 18 years. She has been a classroom teacher and Senior Program Specialist. She has trained teachers, paraeducators, administrators and parents across the nation on how to improve instructional practices for this student population. She has a multiple subject general education credential as well as an educational specialist credential. She is currently completing her Ed.D in Education focusing on standards based instruction for students with profound multiple disabilities who are functioning below 24 months. She has served on state organizations developing and training on programming and curriculum and instruction for students with mild to severe disabilities from birth to 22 years of age.

Beginner/Intermediate

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AT for Common Core College and Career Readiness for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Part 3: Independent Work Skills and Social Skills

In its inception, Special Education was never meant to be separate. It was intended to provide students the supports they need to be as successful as possible. This thought process includes independent work skills and social skills. This workshop will explore what kinds of strategies and supports that AT can afford a student in natural environments related to learning.

Tana Donaghy

Tana Donaghy

Ed. D.

Meet Tana Donaghy, Tana is the President and Founder of Educational Equity For All, and has worked with students with Moderate to Severe and Profound Disabilities for over 18 years. She has been a classroom teacher and Senior Program Specialist. She has trained teachers, paraeducators, administrators and parents across the nation on how to improve instructional practices for this student population. She has a multiple subject general education credential as well as an educational specialist credential. She is currently completing her Ed.D in Education focusing on standards based instruction for students with profound multiple disabilities who are functioning below 24 months. She has served on state organizations developing and training on programming and curriculum and instruction for students with mild to severe disabilities from birth to 22 years of age.

Beginner

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Organization Through Mind Mapping

Thinking through coloring! Let's get out our crayons and a clean sheet of paper – or the computer equivalents. Mind mapping is a visual process which can be used for organization, note taking, brainstorming and increased productivity. The webinar will cover the basic concepts of mind mapping and an overview of several programs which can be used in the educational environment. While mind mapping is widely used as an assistive technology for learning disabilities, it is also a UDL tool!

Frank Sapp

Frank Sapp

MBA, MS

Mr. Sapp is the Training and Technology Specialist for Touch The Future, a non-profit located in Georgia and South Carolina. Touch The Future is a community based ATRC providing assessments, assistive technology and training for seniors, veterans and the disabled. Touch The Future’s Reboot™ Division refurbishes computers and adds assistive technology as necessary. Mr. Sapp has been an instructor for Computers and Microsoft Office since the early days of computers. He retired from the federal government as a statistician. He currently works with a full range of disabilities from low vision, mobility and learning disabilities. He has presented at ATIA, LDA and numerous parent and teacher groups.

Beginner

UDL | Mind Mapping | Visual

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Google Chrome as AT

With the proliferation of 1:1 programs and Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), schools are exploring more EdTech solutions to meet the technology needs of learners. With all of this technology – what happens to the struggling student? In this session, learn about an array of Google Chrome apps and extensions that could be beneficial to ALL students. By leveraging the power of this common browser, we can make significant customization to meet the needs of all students. By harnessing the power of this browser on web enabled devices, students can use any device and have their supports follow them. The session will highlight Google apps and extensions to assist students in the areas of reading, writing, organization, study skills, mind-mapping/ brainstorming, executive function, and math/ computing.

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..

Beginner

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