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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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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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Chrome | iOS | Apps | UDL | Accessibility

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Apps and AT to Support Executive Functioning

Executive function is often described as difficulty with planning, behavior control/regulation, organization and thinking skills. For individuals with autism, dyslexia, ADHD, learning disabilities or a nonverbal learning disability, components of executive functioning can limit functional capabilities in all areas of occupation. Students struggle with planning, memory, organization and experience frequent challenges with recalling the Who, What, When and Where of many tasks. In this session you will learn about AT tools and Apps to support many executive functioning skills such as time management, shift and flexible thinking, emotional regulation, self-monitoring, planning and prioritizing, organization, attention and focus, task initiation, and more! Join us for demonstrations, examples, discussions and methods of implementation!

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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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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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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Let’s Look at Chrome: Apps & Extensions for STEAM

With Chromebooks taking over K-12 education, practitioners and educators need to refill their “toolkit” with a whole new set of supports for ALL learners. Using the power of Chrome, we can provide supports for learners not only on Chromebooks, but on ANY computer using the Chrome browser. This fast-paced webinar will introduce an array of Chrome-based apps and extensions focused on providing support for students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math.

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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Chrome | Apps | Extensions | STEAM | STEM

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Let’s Look at Chrome: Apps & Extensions for Writing

With Chromebooks taking over K-12 education, practitioners and educators need to refill their “toolkit” with a whole new set of supports for ALL learners. Using the power of Chrome, we can provide supports for learners not only on Chromebooks, but on ANY computer using the Chrome browser. This fast-paced webinar will introduce an array of Chrome-based apps and extensions focused on providing support for struggling writers. From text to speech to study skills support to word prediction - there is something for every learner.

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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Chrome | Apps | Extensions | Writing

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Let’s Look at Chrome: Apps & Extensions for Reading

With Chromebooks taking over K-12 education, practitioners and educators need to refill their “toolkit” with a whole new set of supports for ALL learners. Using the power of Chrome, we can provide supports for learners not only on Chromebooks, but on ANY computer using the Chrome browser. This fast-paced webinar will introduce an array of Chrome-based apps and extensions focused on providing reading support.

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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Chrome | Apps | Extensions | Reading

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Accessibility on Mobile Devices: Accessibility Features in iOS 9 and Android-based Devices

You have a smartphone, or a tablet, or maybe both – but do you really know just how smart it really is? 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 to read a selection of text to you? Did you know that you could limit student access to just one app? There is a plethora of wonderful (and free!) accessibility features in tablets and mobile devices that are not being used because owners simply don’t know the features exist. In this webinar, participants will be guided through the accessibility features offered on iOS9 and Android-based devices. You will learn about the basics of accessibility and easy applications to teaching and learning. You will also be provided with some great resources to assist students in accessing educational content through their tablets and mobile devices.

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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Social Media and Connectivity in AAC

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.

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SGDs | AAC | Apps

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