Cortical Visual Impairment: Assessment, Implications, and Adaptations for Successful AAC Use

After attending this webinar, participants will be able to identify 10 unique characteristics and behaviors assessed for individuals with diagnosis of cortical visual impairment (CVI); identify at least five environmental barriers for use of functional vision by a patient with CVI; identify at least five adaptations for an individual with CVI to support use of functional vision and increase successful use of an AAC system.

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Lauren S. Andelin

Lauren S. Andelin

M.S., OTR/L

Lauren graduated from The University of Virginia in 2004 and Virginia Commonwealth University in 2009 with a Masters in Occupational Therapy. She has worked at Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU for 7 years and is on the AT Core team as well as a mentor in sensory processing disorder for new clinicians. Her caseload includes patients in out-patient therapy and on the Transitional Care Unit which provides pediatric long-term care. In 2012, Lauren completed the Virginia Leadership Education Program in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (Va-LEND) and is currently working toward her doctorate in OT through VCU. She has received specialty training in sensory integration including an advanced intensive mentorship for diagnosis and treatment of sensory processing disorders through the STAR center in Denver. Through her trans-disciplinary practice on the AT team Lauren has developed a passion for collaboration with other disciplines to help children access communication and their environments.

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Practical Uses of QIAT Session 3: State, Regional and Local Programs using QIAT to Improve and Sustain AT Service Delivery

The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services (QIAT) describe the characteristics of high-quality assistive technology services as they are provided in school settings. The eight service areas include: Consideration of AT Needs, Assessment of AT Needs, AT in the IEP, AT Implementation, Evaluation of Effectiveness of AT, AT in Transition, Administrative Support for AT, and AT Professional Development. For more than 15 years the indicators have been used in a variety of ways to assess assistive technology services and guide improvement efforts.

Practical Uses of QIAT Session 3: State, Regional and Local Programs using QIAT to Improve and Sustain AT Service Delivery Handout

Joan Breslin-Larson

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Joan Breslin-Larson

M.Ed.

Joan Breslin-Larson, M.Ed., is the supervisor for low incidence disabilities and special education workforce at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), where she has worked since 1999. She brings many years of experiences as an independent assistive technology consultant and adult educator to her work at MDE. Joan is the parent of 3 children, all of whom are now adults, one of whom had an IEP.

Diana Foster Carl

Diana Foster Carl

M.A., L.S.S.P.

Diana Foster Carl, M.A., L.S.S.P., is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology in Texas with more than 30 years’ experience in various capacities in public education. Diana is a former Director of Special Education Services at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas and was lead facilitator of the Texas Assistive Technology Network for twelve years. Currently, Diana contracts with CAST as the Special Projects Coordinator for the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials. Diana’s daughter has cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair for mobility.

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Practical Uses of QIAT Session 2 – School Districts Using QIAT to Improve Assistive Technology Services

The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services (QIAT) describe the characteristics of high-quality assistive technology services as they are provided in school settings. The eight service areas include: Consideration of AT Needs, Assessment of AT Needs, AT in the IEP, AT Implementation, Evaluation of Effectiveness of AT, AT in Transition, Administrative Support for AT, and AT Professional Development. For more than 15 years the indicators have been used in a variety of ways to assess assistive technology services and guide improvement efforts.

This AbleNet University webinar series will describe practical ways that parents, families and advocates; school districts and; state and regional programs use the QIAT Indicators and resources on behalf of children with disabilities who use assistive technology.
Session 2: How can the QIAT help school districts as they work to offer high quality assistive technology services aligned to federal, state and local mandates? How can QIAT be used as a tool for assistive technology service providers as they evaluate and work to continually improve their services? This session will address these questions and offer many examples of ways that QIAT has been used at a school-district level.
Practical Uses of QIAT Session 2 - School Districts Using QIAT to Improve Assistive Technology Services Handout

Terry Foss

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Terry Foss

M.Ed.

Foss has a B.S. from Fort Hays State University and a M. Ed. from the University of Kansas. She has been a special educator for 35 plus years in classrooms for students with severe multiple differences, autism, trainable mental differences, physical differences, and for the last 20 plus years as an AT resource facilitator for the Shawnee Mission School District in Kansas. She has certifications in regular elementary education; trainable mentally handicapped, educable mentally handicapped, and severely multiply handicapped. Terry is the co-author of Every Move Counts and Every Move Counts, Clicks and Chats.

Sue McCloskey

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Sue McCloskey

MS, CCC-SLP

Susan McCloskey, MS, CCC-SLP, is a speech language pathologist who worked for the PA Assistive Technology Center/PaTTAN in Pennsylvania and is now Chairperson of the Volusia Adaptive Assistive Technology Team (VAATT) in Daytona Beach, FL. She is a past Steering Committee member for ASHA's Division 12: Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Susan has consulted nationwide with teams whose focus has been to integrate assistive technology into the classroom. She has been a trainer of Environmental Communication Teaching (ECT) since 1989. She is currently involved in implementing the SCERTS project, focused on students on the Autism Spectrum, in her district and lives in Ponce Inlet, FL.

Kathy Lalk

Kathy Lalk

MS, BS

Kathy Lalk has a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation, a M.S. in Educational Technology; and an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) Certification by RESNA. Kathy works as an assistive technology specialist for a public school district. Her work includes support of students with disabilities, their families and their educational team in the consideration, implementation and evaluation of the use of assistive technology. Kathy is a Recreation Therapist; Lekotek Leader, CompuPlay Leader; Supervisor in Infant/Toddler program; and parent of 3 children.

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Practical Uses of QIAT: Session 1- AT Service Improvement through Collaboration with Families & Advocates

The Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services (QIAT) describe the characteristics of high-quality assistive technology services as they are provided in school settings. The eight service areas include: Consideration of AT Needs, Assessment of AT Needs, AT in the IEP, AT Implementation, Evaluation of Effectiveness of AT, AT in Transition, Administrative Support for AT, and AT Professional Development. For more than 15 years the indicators have been used in a variety of ways to assess assistive technology services and guide improvement efforts.

This AbleNet University webinar series will describe practical ways that parents, families and advocates; school districts and; state and regional programs use the QIAT Indicators and resources on behalf of children with disabilities who use assistive technology.
Session 1: Many families of children with disabilities can imagine benefits of technology use for their children. Some are even using technology at home that is not being used at school yet. While IDEA requires the provision of AT for students who need it, it can sometimes be challenging to know how best to advocate for assistive technology devices and services. Parents and guardians are discovering that the QIAT Indicators can be a useful tool. This session will describe ways family members can use the QIAT Indicators for working within school district's procedures to ensure high quality assistive technology services for their children.
Practical Uses of QIAT: Session 1- AT Service Improvement through Collaboration with Families & Advocates Handout

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

Kelly Fonner

Kelly Fonner

MS

Kelly is a self-employed consultant and trainer in assistive and educational technology. Since 1986, she has presented to schools, universities & families in 45 states & internationally in Australia, Canada and South Africa. Kelly has been working with individuals with disabilities since the mid 70s and with assistive technologies since 1983. Her teaching experiences have been as a teacher assistant, teacher and instructional media specialist in early childhood, preschool and school age programs. She worked 8 years as a consultant with PennTech, the state-wide technology project supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Kelly has a B.S. in special education from Millersville University, an M.S. in educational technology with a minor in special education/rehabilitation technology from The Johns Hopkins University, and holds an Assistive Technology Applications Certificate of Learning from California State University - Northridge.

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Switch Assessment, Part 2: Determining the Best Switch Type and Location for Clients with Increased Muscle Tone

This webinar will present assessment strategies to determine the optimal switch location and switch type to provide access for clients with increased muscle tone. These clients require a switch placement and type that can capture isolated movement where available. This movement may be large and forceful. Case studies will be included.

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 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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Suite Fractions – How to Teach and Assess Mastery of Fractions with Classroom Suite

Core Content Connectors, the new standards for students with significant disabilities built on the Common Core, are based on “Graduated Understandings,” ranging from the Concrete to the Representational, that enable students to grasp complex concepts. Understanding fractions is a complex skill that has historically been difficult for students with significant disabilities to grasp, yet fractions are emphasized on state Alternate Assessments. Using weekly cooking activities and transforming them into Classroom Suite’s dynamic, electronic format will provide teachers with an engaging interactive tool to teach this complex skill. Teachers will have step-by-step instructions on how to create a powerful Classroom Suite motivator in learning about fractions and then link the activity to an assessment paralleling the format of the Alternate Assessment.

Linda Laverty

Linda Laverty

MA Ed.

Linda Laverty has Master’s in Education. Besides being a classroom teacher for students with physical disabilities, she managed an assistive technology computer lab for students with significant cognitive & physical needs. She retired from her latest position as Instructional Technology Specialist for the Department of Exceptional Student Education in Palm Beach County FL. She has presented at CTG, FETC, ATIA, and both state and national CEC Conferences and was invited to Nassau Bahamas to provide workshops on assistive technology and curriculum to special education teachers. She has been instrumental in training hundreds of teachers on using & implementing curriculum designed to meet the needs of students with significant disabilities. She has administered both the State Assessment for students on regular & special diploma tracks and has devoted considerable time in designing activities in Classroom Suite to assist teachers in preparing their students for this important assessment.

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Choice Making – It’s Not Just for Communication

A growing trend on the Alternate Assessment has been to test students’ ability to interpret and gain information from graphs and tables. This skill can be taught by providing choices for free time and snack time and then converting the information into graph and table format. Using a digital camera, tablet or phone, the images of students selecting their snack can be imported into Classroom Suite’s Make a Book template so that students may visualize the process of obtaining data. Once the data is developed, teachers can convert it into table or graph format. Using screen capture, the data can be imported into Classroom Suite’s Primary Skill Builders template to create a powerful, engaging assessment on this important skill. This webinar will provide a step-by-step demonstration of how to use Classroom Suite to quickly create a tool for teaching and assessing graphs and tables.

Linda Laverty

Linda Laverty

MA Ed.

Linda Laverty has Master’s in Education. Besides being a classroom teacher for students with physical disabilities, she managed an assistive technology computer lab for students with significant cognitive & physical needs. She retired from her latest position as Instructional Technology Specialist for the Department of Exceptional Student Education in Palm Beach County FL. She has presented at CTG, FETC, ATIA, and both state and national CEC Conferences and was invited to Nassau Bahamas to provide workshops on assistive technology and curriculum to special education teachers. She has been instrumental in training hundreds of teachers on using & implementing curriculum designed to meet the needs of students with significant disabilities. She has administered both the State Assessment for students on regular & special diploma tracks and has devoted considerable time in designing activities in Classroom Suite to assist teachers in preparing their students for this important assessment.

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The Basics of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in K-12 Settings

Goals, methods, materials and assessments are the cornerstones of good instruction, especially for a diverse classroom. Our classrooms are made up of students who come from a variety of ethnic backgrounds, socio-economic settings and possess a multitude of abilities. As educators, we should be providing flexible options and multiple ways for our students to absorb process and show information. Come learn about Universal Design for Learning (UDL) which is a set of principles for curriculum development that give all students equal opportunities to learn. Universal Design for Learning is concept developed from CAST (Center for Applied Special Technology) that provides a structure/framework to support various educational initiatives for ALL students, regardless of ability.

Kirk Behnke

Kirk Behnke

M.Ed., ATP

Kirk Behnke has a B.S. in Biology/Pre-Medicine and a M.Ed. in Education/Special Education from Temple University. He holds an Assistive Technology Professional Credential (ATP) from RESNA. Kirk is the Lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN) and the Senior Education Specialist for Special Education at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston. He supports regional centers, districts and campuses across Texas with assistive technology, accessible instructional materials, and Universal Design for Learning .

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UDL | Assessment

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Power Wheelchair Assessment: Mobility Training as a Part of the School

This webinar will present strategies for optimizing power wheelchair use in the context of a school day. Many students receive their first power wheelchair and bring this immediately to school where the wheelchair may be housed due to accessibility issues. This may leave the school team with the task of teaching the child to use the power wheelchair. Mobility training can be accomplished by pulling the student out of other activities, but can also be done as a part of the school day. Case examples will be presented.

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 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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Power Wheelchair Assessment

This webinar will utilize a case study to present strategies for both determining and developing readiness to use a power wheelchair in children. These strategies will include use of switches, toys, switch latch and timers and the computer to develop specific motor control and cognitive concepts. If you work with children who may benefit from a power wheelchair, this course will provide specific tools to prepare for a formal evaluation.

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 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.

Beginner/Intermediate

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