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Finding, Understanding, and Using Research about Assistive Technology to Inform Your Practice – Part 2

This session will focus on research on the use of assistive technology for reading and writing for students with disabilities, including the latest analysis and reviews. Sources of AT research and references for all studies mentioned will be included.

Finding, Understanding, and Using Research about AT to Inform Your Practice – Part 2 Handout Finding, Understanding, and Using Research about AT to Inform Your Practice References

Penny Reed

Penny Reed

PhD, MA

Penny Reed has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Indiana University and master’s and doctoral degrees in Special Education from the University of Oregon. She has been a teacher, consultant and administrator in the field of special education and assistive technology. Dr. Reed regularly provides consultation and training on a variety of topics related to assistive technology with a special focus on helping school districts improve their delivery of assistive technology services. She is the author of numerous publications about assistive technology services.

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Finding, Understanding, and Using Research about Assistive Technology to Inform Your Practice – Part 1

This two part series will look at research about the selection, provision, and use of assistive technology for students with disabilities. It will include a review of the types of research being conducted and how each can be of value to you in the schools. Research about the use of augmentative communication and power mobility will be highlighted. Sources of AT research and references for all studies mentioned will be included.

Finding, Understanding, and Using Research about AT to Inform Your Practice - Part 1 Handout Finding, Understanding, and Using Research about AT to Inform Your Practice - References

Penny Reed

Penny Reed

PhD, MA

Penny Reed has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Indiana University and master’s and doctoral degrees in Special Education from the University of Oregon. She has been a teacher, consultant and administrator in the field of special education and assistive technology. Dr. Reed regularly provides consultation and training on a variety of topics related to assistive technology with a special focus on helping school districts improve their delivery of assistive technology services. She is the author of numerous publications about assistive technology services.

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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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What Do You Know About Twice Exceptionality?

Ground breaking tools for addressing the needs of the twice-exceptional student. In this session, participants will be introduced to the wild world of the twice-exceptional student. A brief overview of twice-exceptionality will be provided, followed by a discussion of strategies and tools that can be used to meet these students’ unique blend of brilliance and challenge in learning, communicating, and being in the world. Finally, a presentation of tools and strategies to help students learn to use strengths to buffer challenges will be provided. Let’s help these students shine!

What Do You Know About Twice Exceptionality? Handout

Jennifer Courduff

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Jennifer Courduff

Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Courduff is an Associate Professor at Azusa Pacific University where she develops courses and teaches in the Master of Arts: Learning and Technology program. She is an active member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), and advocates for the needs of special education teachers in several professional learning communities. Her research and presentations focus on technology integration within inclusive learning environments and mobile learning.

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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Mobile Technologies for Everyday Cognitive Support

Mobile phones and tablets are rapidly evolving consumer technologies that offer rich opportunities for supporting everyday tasks and vocations. Drawing on a decade of research into the use of these tools as assistive technology for cognition, this presentation will include discussion of: (1) the strengths and weaknesses of consumer handhelds as cognitive-behavioral aids, (2) onboard apps for task support, (3) add-on apps for task management, behavioral support, way-finding, and healthy living, and (4) strategies for leveraging these tools for people with cognitive-behavioral challenges to support functional independence in everyday life.

Mobile Technologies for Everyday Cognitive Support Handout

Tony Gentry

Tony Gentry

PhD OTR/L FAOTA

Tony Gentry, PhD OTR/L FAOTA is an associate professor in the occupational therapy department at Virginia Commonwealth University. A graduate of Harvard College (BA), New York University (MA OT) and the University of Virginia (PhD), Dr. Gentry is a specialist in neurological rehabilitation whose research career has focused on neurological rehabilitation and assistive technology for cognition. He is the director of the Assistive Technology for Cognition laboratory at VCU, which conducts research on the use of mobile and smart home technologies to support people with cognitive-behavioral challenges. He is a widely published and much sought after public speaker who has conducted training workshops in 22 states and 4 foreign countries. In partnership with his wife, he owns and operates Neurological Expert Therapies, LLC, a rehabilitation therapy company.

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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.

Accessibility for Google Drive Handout

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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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.

AT Independence in College Webinar 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

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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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.

Taking AT Taking AT Along to Colleges and Universities

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

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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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!

Apps and AT to Support Executive Functioning Handout

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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