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Speech Dude Tells More: Practical Technology for Moderate to Severe Students

In this presentation, participants will be introduced to a wide variety of innovative technology tools that can be easily integrated into teaching and learning in for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Google extensions and other cutting-edge tools will be discussed, along with simple implementation strategies to increase access to content and improve student engagement and productivity, with special emphasis on high school aged and transitional students.

Jennifer Courduff

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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.

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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From Portable to Wearable Supports for Daily Living

Devices from Apple, Google, Pebble and others offer a great deal of customization through a number of built-in accessibility features as well as apps that can be installed to support a number of individual needs. For this session we will focus on the use of wearables as a support for executive functioning, our ability to plan and executive key tasks related to daily living. We will explore a number of built-in features and apps for setting up and managing calendars, to do lists, reminders and other tools that can help all of us stay on track as we seek to complete important personal goals. In addition to these aids for daily living available on a number of wearables ranging from fitness devices to smart watches, we will explore the availability of accessibility features such as screen reader support, magnification and other display adjustments for those who need them to interact with their devices.

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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Hands-Free: An Introduction to Switch Support on iOS Devices and Apple TV

Switch Control provides a robust solution for built-in switch access on iOS devices such as the iPad and iPhone. With tvOS 10, this support now extends to the Apple TV, which can also serve as a hub for controlling a number of smart devices compatible with Apple’s HomeKit home automation protocol (such as lights, locks and more).This session will focus on the key features of Switch Control across these two platforms, including the different access methods (auto scanning, manual scanning and single-switch step scanning), Recipes for performing repetitive actions such as flipping the pages in an ebook, Long Press for adding more than one action to a switch press, Device Switching for using one switch interface with multiple devices, Point Mode for adding switch accessibility to apps that lack it and more. A number of switch compatible apps will also be shared, along with a free ebook to continue your learning of Switch Control after the session.

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 Session 2: Expanding Opportunities for Student Action and Response Supported with UDL Application

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 2: The webinar session will demonstrate how to promote “action and expression” of students with diverse and complex cognitive, communication and behavioral needs through incorporating UDL-based techniques. Aided with student scenarios and examples of instructional and assistive technology supports, the session will discuss how to facilitate active participation and response of students with significant disabilities to academic curriculum. You will gain skills in using multiple means to inspire students to navigate through information and activities and demonstrate what he/she knows.

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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UDL 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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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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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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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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Using Skoog, an Accessible Music Interface, to Support Communication, Creativity, and Play!

This webinar will look at the role of music in development and communication, and how technology can be truly 'assistive' in supporting music activities with a particular focus on the Skoog platform.

Whether we are running for a bus, laughing with friends, talking or sharing a game of peekaboo with a child, our natural musicality pervades every aspect of our physical lives and provides the neural substrate of motivated psychological time that is the very basis for communication both verbal and non. Engaging in musical play can be thought of as a ‘soft play area’ (kindergarten play park) for exploring communicative skills, with rhythm providing the various apparatus/structure on which to play, the textures, colours and games come from melody, harmony, timbre and the myriad of sonic possibilities music affords. Adults, peers and caregivers act as the kindergarten teacher, guiding us to area’s suited to our abilities and holding our hand when we wish to climb higher or jump further, keeping us safe and helping us grow in confidence.
Musical activities are an integral part of developing communication and need to play a role in the development of all students. Skoog has been created to enable students with accessibility needs to access the world of music and creativity through play, supporting the development of their natural musicality.
"Music is a language we all understand" (Sir Duke, Stevie Wonder, 1976)

Dr Benjaman Schogler

Dr Benjaman Schogler

Ph. D

Developmental Psychologist, Musician, Technologist: Ben is passionate about making music accessible for all young people. Part of the NESTA team that invented the SKOOG - a revolutionary new musical instrument for disabled children. Ben is now Creative Director at Skoogmusic Ltd developing new ways to play and promoting the benefits of active music making for all.

Skoogmusic Ltd. is a developer of accessible music technology products. Originally a spin-out company from Edinburgh University, it was founded in 2009 in Edinburgh with a goal of “music made easy”. Development of the latest Skoog (now wireless) was funded in part by a successful crowdfunding campaign in 2015, and the team has just launched the product globally with a range of retail partners.

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