Speech Dude Tells All: Tech Tools For The Special-needs Classroom – 60 minutes

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 the special needs classroom. Participants will be given ideas for integrating tools into Common Core instruction in ways that engage and motivate students with moderate to severe disabilities. Note: Participants should access the webinar through the Google Chrome browser

Speech Dude Tells All: Tech Tools For The Special-needs Classroom Handout

Jennifer Courduff

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Jennifer Courduff

Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Courduff is a Professor in the School of Education 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 is the Research and Developments Chair of ISTE TEN. Dr. Courduff advocates for the needs of special education teachers in several professional learning communities within ISTE and presents strategies for supporting assistive technology at APU, through ISTE, and with AbleNetU. 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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Common Core Aligned Health Units/Lessons for Students with Multiple Disabilities

This webinar will discuss ways to infuse health and adaptive daily living skills in the classroom and will focus on diet and nutrition. I will go through a unit which is aligned with the common core but created for students with multiple disabilities. The lessons will utilize large and small group instruction, ways of including IEP goal alignment, and skill based learning infused with content.

Lauren Collier

Lauren Collier

MA, ED. M.

Lauren Collier received her MA and dual certification from Pace University in Special Education and Elementary Education and her Ed. M. at Columbia University for curriculum development and leadership with an emphasis was on culturally relevant teaching for students with multiple disabilities.

Between internships, 1:1 behavioral therapy, and full time teaching, she has taught students diagnosed with multiple disabilities, autism, down syndrome, intellectual disabilities, dyslexia, dysgraphia, emotional behavioral disabilities, ADD, ADHD, and a myriad of other syndromes. She started teaching through the New York City Teaching fellows Program and taught a self contained class for 5 years at a specialized NYC department of education school. She currently teaches a combination class for students receiving resources and fully self contained special education services in Hawaii.

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AT for Common Core College and Career Readiness for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Part 3: Independent Work Skills and Social Skills

In its inception, Special Education was never meant to be separate. It was intended to provide students the supports they need to be as successful as possible. This thought process includes independent work skills and social skills. This workshop will explore what kinds of strategies and supports that AT can afford a student in natural environments related to learning.

Tana Donaghy

Tana Donaghy

Ed. D.

Meet Tana Donaghy, Tana is the President and Founder of Educational Equity For All, and has worked with students with Moderate to Severe and Profound Disabilities for over 18 years. She has been a classroom teacher and Senior Program Specialist. She has trained teachers, paraeducators, administrators and parents across the nation on how to improve instructional practices for this student population. She has a multiple subject general education credential as well as an educational specialist credential. She is currently completing her Ed.D in Education focusing on standards based instruction for students with profound multiple disabilities who are functioning below 24 months. She has served on state organizations developing and training on programming and curriculum and instruction for students with mild to severe disabilities from birth to 22 years of age.

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AT for Common Core College and Career Readiness for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Part 2: Fluency in Reading, Writing and Math

Opportunities for learning academic content is essential for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Functional skills can be taught as part of any academic lesson. This workshop will explore instructional and access strategies for literacy, math and science concepts for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Tana Donaghy

Tana Donaghy

Ed. D.

Meet Tana Donaghy, Tana is the President and Founder of Educational Equity For All, and has worked with students with Moderate to Severe and Profound Disabilities for over 18 years. She has been a classroom teacher and Senior Program Specialist. She has trained teachers, paraeducators, administrators and parents across the nation on how to improve instructional practices for this student population. She has a multiple subject general education credential as well as an educational specialist credential. She is currently completing her Ed.D in Education focusing on standards based instruction for students with profound multiple disabilities who are functioning below 24 months. She has served on state organizations developing and training on programming and curriculum and instruction for students with mild to severe disabilities from birth to 22 years of age.

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AT for Common Core College and Career Readiness for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Part 1: Communication

Communicative Competency is the foundation to instruction. Students with significant disabilities must also be able to achieve all the aspects of communication including exchanging information and ideas, ask and answer questions, and make comments about daily life, the world in which they live and the academic content in their classes. This workshop will explore a variety of communication options for these students.

Tana Donaghy

Tana Donaghy

Ed. D.

Meet Tana Donaghy, Tana is the President and Founder of Educational Equity For All, and has worked with students with Moderate to Severe and Profound Disabilities for over 18 years. She has been a classroom teacher and Senior Program Specialist. She has trained teachers, paraeducators, administrators and parents across the nation on how to improve instructional practices for this student population. She has a multiple subject general education credential as well as an educational specialist credential. She is currently completing her Ed.D in Education focusing on standards based instruction for students with profound multiple disabilities who are functioning below 24 months. She has served on state organizations developing and training on programming and curriculum and instruction for students with mild to severe disabilities from birth to 22 years of age.

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