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Supports for Vision and Literacy Across Platforms (iOS and Chrome)

As Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models become increasingly popular in schools and other settings, educators and other staff face both opportunities and challenges: on the one hand they have access to a variety of tools for creating the kinds of flexible environments our learners and clients need, but on the other hand it is difficult to keep up with the fast paced of innovation. In this session, we will explore a number of free and low cost tools for iOS and Chrome that you can use to provide access to information and flexible means of interaction and response for all, including apps and extensions for text to speech, dictation, word prediction and more. You will leave this session with a powerful toolkit for empowering all learners and clients to get the most from their technology, no matter what platform they use.

Luis Perez

Luis Perez

PhD

Luis Pérez, Ph.D. is an instructional designer, author, speaker, and inclusive learning consultant based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has more than a decade of experience working with educators to help them integrate technology in ways that empower all learners. Luis holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida, and he is the author of Mobile Learning for All: Supporting Accessibility with the iPad, from Corwin Press. Luis was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009 and as a Google in Education Certified Innovator (formerly Google Certified Teacher) in 2014. He currently serves as the Professional Learning Chair of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which honored him as its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. His work as an accessibility advocate has been featured in publications such as CNET Magazine, the New York Times Bits Blog, the Sydney Morning Herald, THE Journal, and The Loop Magazine. Luis has presented at national and international conferences such as South by Southwest EDU, ISTE, CSUN, ATIA, and Closing the Gap.

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UDL Webinar Session 1: Enhancing Teaching and Learning with UDL: Multiple Formats for Access and Engagement

UDL Webinars Overview Universal Design for Learning (UDL) means the design of instructional materials and activities that allows for the learning goals to be achievable by individuals with wide differences in their abilities. The two UDL webinar sessions will increase your awareness and understanding of the application UDL principles on how to expand learning opportunities for students with significant disabilities and reduce barriers to access and respond to academic curriculum content.

Session 1: The webinar session will demonstrate incorporating Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles as part of the instructional delivery process. Augmented with several student scenarios spanning grade levels and academic content areas, the session will illustrate multiple and flexible formats to present information to students with significant disabilities to facilitate access, offer appropriate levels of challenge and increase engagement.

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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Supporting Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities: What Paraeducators Need to Know and Do

This session will demonstrate how to choreograph effective paraeducator support to students with severe and multiple disabilities that is student-centered, non-intrusive and non-stigmatizing. Participants will learn strategies to maximize academic and social learning opportunities for students they support while facilitating growth of independence and reduce adult dependence. The inclusion of classroom scenarios and student-specific vignettes during the presentation will help with implementation of best-practices.

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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Accessibility for Google Drive: A closer look at Add-ons as Assistive Technology

Are you taking full advantage of all that Google Drive has to offer? Whether you are using Google extensively or just on occasion, this workshop will provide you with information and resources you should know about! We will review built-in features and add-ons available in Google Docs that can be used as assistive technology supports for reading, writing, math, organization and more. Free resources available for immediate implementation will be shared.

Madalina Tudora

Madalina Tudora

ATP

Madalina Tudora is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional and experienced educator, currently serving as an Assistive Technology Specialist for the SC Department of Education. She worked and studied in Europe, earning her undergraduate degree in Special Education from the University of Bucharest, Romania, and her graduate degree in Psychology from Titu Maiorescu University, Bucharest.

Regular presenter at regional, national and international conferences offered through organizations like the Assistive Technology Industry Association (ATIA), SC Assistive Technology Program, SC Family Connection, South Carolina Education Association (SCEA), etc. she also supports school districts by providing guidance, resources and training for local assistive technology teams, education professionals, teachers, administrators, parents, and other stakeholders throughout the state.

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What is the “Blended Approach” to Note Taking?

The challenge of note taking support has never been greater than in the current climate. Ensuring that students can be supported in a cost effective, yet timely process without overburdening disability professionals can be a challenge. The use of technology has also providing opportunities and questions in recent times, but how do we get the right mix of new and traditional approaches to note taking support.

In this webinar, you will learn about Conversor NTE's blended approach to note taking accommodations, and get an overview of how the combined power of Notetalker and Note Taking Express can provide the missing link between human and technology based note taking accommodations. You can evaluate which elements of the Conversor NTE suite will be most appropriate for their students. All participants in the webinar will receive a free copy of Notetalker app and Notetalker Edit and will also have the opportunity to trial the note making service.

Adam Pearce

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Adam Pearce

Business Development Director, Conversor

Adam is a former high school educator, who worked with a range of students and institutions across the UK and Middle East. Following his teaching career, Adam began to work within the AT field with Sonocent, where he worked extensively with schools, colleges and corporate organisations across the world. In Adams role at Conversor NTE as Education Director, Adam specializes in working with institutions who wish to provide a more inclusive and accessible learning environment, through the implementation of the Conversor NTE suite of resources.

Daniel Goerz

Daniel Goerz

Managing Director

Daniel is a former Education Assistant/Assistive Technologist, working with students with disabilities attending college. Daniel is now the managing director of Note Taking Express (NTE). NTE is a fast growing company that offers virtual note taking and transcription services to clients around the world. Relying on his extensive knowledge of Accessibility/Disability services departments he is always looking for the best way to improve the services administered to students. That is why Daniel believes the implementation of Conversor NTE suite of resources is a good way forward.

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Taking The IEP Into The Classroom

This webinar is for new teachers who have students on modified programs and particularly those working for the first time with students (K-12) with severe multiple disabilities. We will take a look at different ways to thread IEP objectives into classroom, school-based and community activities. This webinar will also help to prioritize and simplify some of the key roles of the classroom teacher which can enhance meaningful participation for students on modified programs. Theme planning and parallel participation will also be addressed as planning tools to maximize learning and participation for all students. This webinar will help teachers and teaching assistants take their students' IEP objectives into the classroom.

Terry Wendorf

Terry Wendorf

MA

For over 33 years Terry has been working in a variety of roles including Teaching Assistant, Resource Teacher, Classroom Teacher, University Instructor, and Ministry of Education Outreach Program Coordinator. As an Outreach Program Coordinator, worked with a team of therapists (OT, PT, SLP) to provide website resources including online tutorials, workshops, and individualized curriculum guides for students with severe/profound cognitive and multiple disabilities. Developed and delivers an online course (i.e., Developing Functional Curriculum) for Vancouver Island University. Over 21 years as an educational consultant. She holds a Master’s degree in Leadership & Training with emphasis on adult learning.

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AT Independence in College: The QIAT-PS Student Self-evaluation Matrix

In this session, we will look at factors students must consider when attending college, including accessing available AT services and supports. A newly revised student self-evaluation matrix will be presented as a strategy for preparing students for independence with AT during the transition from high school to post-secondary education.

Gayl Bowser

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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

Janet Peters

Janet Peters

Project Coordinator on Educational and Assistive Technology with the Great Lakes ADA Center

Janet has 20 years of experience and knowledge in the area of technology for people with disabilities. She has worked extensively with transition teams and higher education institutions to improve service delivery of assistive technology. She is the creator and developer of Punch-in a self-directed employment resource for young adults with disabilities. Janet also codirects, with the Southwest ADA Center, the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post Secondary (QIAT-PS) project which provides tools and training for students and campuses to improve assistive technology service delivery.

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Apps Across the Curriculum – Supporting Diverse Learners with Google and iOS

After first issuing 1:1 iPads, Chromebooks and laptops, many schools are now implementing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs that provide more choice for educators and learners. Some are Going Google with Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education (GAFE). How do you support diverse learners on all devices, using free and low-cost Apps & AT solutions? Join us for this session focusing on ensuring success for all learners using the tools, features and apps available in Apple’s App Store and Google’s Chrome Web Store. These free and low cost AT solutions support personalizing education for students, as well as engaging and including all students in a UDL environment.

You will learn about a number of built-in accessibility features, as well as a number of free and low-cost apps, extensions, add-ons and web resources to support your students in accessing textbooks, learning materials (Handouts/Worksheets), research and study skills and completing assignments using technology. AT and app solutions to support students with learning disabilities (including Dyslexia), physical disabilities, low vision or blindness, and difficulties with executive functioning, literacy and math will be discussed. You will have a powerful toolkit for fostering access and success across all platforms, devices, and subjects! Access to General & Special Education with Digital Tools, AT, Apps & Resources for all students will be discussed.

Diana Petschauer

Diana Petschauer

M. Ed, ATP, CEO

Diana is a RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional and Founder/ CEO of Assistive Technology for Education, LLC and Access4Employment LLC. Diana is an accessibility specialist and certified ATP who provides AT assessment, training & consultation for students to access education and for adults to access employment, home and the community. Diana manages the AT consultants and trainers who work for ATE and A4E. Previously Diana was the AT Specialist at the University of New Hampshire. She presents and trains locally & nationally, including at ATIA, CSUN, Closing the Gap, & OTAP. AT for Ed and A4E are New England based companies, services are provided nationally, including PD workshops and webinars. See the website at AssistiveTechnologyforEducation.com

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Taking AT Along to Colleges and Universities

When high schools and post-secondary programs for disabled students work together to help with transitions that include a student’s use of assistive technology (AT), continuity of the student’s AT use is much more likely. The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post-secondary Education (QIAT-PS) comprise a variety of on-line tools available to improve assistive technology planning for transitions from K-12 education to post-secondary education. This session will explore the QIAT-PS tools and offer examples of how they have been used.

Gayl Bowser

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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

Janet Peters

Janet Peters

Project Coordinator on Educational and Assistive Technology with the Great Lakes ADA Center

Janet has 20 years of experience and knowledge in the area of technology for people with disabilities. She has worked extensively with transition teams and higher education institutions to improve service delivery of assistive technology. She is the creator and developer of Punch-in a self-directed employment resource for young adults with disabilities. Janet also codirects, with the Southwest ADA Center, the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology in Post Secondary (QIAT-PS) project which provides tools and training for students and campuses to improve assistive technology service delivery.

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Accessibility Features in Mobile Devices – What Is New in iOS and Android?

By law, mobile devices must include support for persons with vision, hearing, learning, physical, and motor disabilities. For example, did you know that you could set your device can be a “Switch” to help persons with severe physical limitations live a full and productive life? In this session, participants will be guided through the accessibility features offered on iOS 10 and Android-based devices, and will be provided with scenarios for applying accessibility features for personal and professional productivity.

Jennifer Courduff

Jennifer Courduff

Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Courduff is an associate professor at Azusa Pacific University in the School of Education: Teacher Education. She is currently the Program Director for Azusa Pacific University's Master of Arts: Digital Teaching and Learning program. In this capacity, she develops and teaches courses, working with pre- and in-service teachers in the process of deep integration of technology (including assistive technology) into learning activities. The focus of Dr. Courduff’s research is technology integration for teachers of students with disabilities. Her publications and presentations bring to light the unique technology integration challenges found in diverse learning environments. Most recently, she has developed a theory on exemplary technology integration in special education instruction. This theory extends the constructs of TPACK to more clearly define knowledge, skills, dispositions, and belief necessary for authentic technology integration to occur in special education instruction. Her theory has been applied to revision of in-service professional development assistive technology / augmentative alternative communication certificate training in the county of San Bernardino, and in pre-service coursework within the Digital Teaching and Learning Master’s at Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Courduff is dedicated to improving the preparation and ongoing support for systematic, authentic technology integration for teachers of students with special needs.

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