How Do I Determine Where the Student Can Access A Switch? – 60 minutes

Switch Access can be used to control speech generating devices, computers, mobile technologies, and power wheelchairs. Switch access is one means of controlling these devices. Access evaluation is used to determine the optimal location for a switch. This webinar will present assessment criteria and a hierarchy of possible switch placements. How Do I Determine Where the Student Can Access A Switch? Handout

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 co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, 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.

Intermediate

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All About Computer Access: Adaptations and Alternatives to the Standard Keyboard and Mouse

Sorting through all of the options available in computer access can be a challenging portion of providing information to educators, therapists, consumers, parents and others interested in assistive technology products for computer access. This hour will be an introduction and demonstration of the feature options in computer input, processing and output that pertain to people with physical disabilities, health impairments, and/or cognitive disabilities.

Kelly Fonner

Kelly Fonner

MS

Kelly is a self-employed consultant and trainer in assistive and educational technology. She has a BS in Special Education from Millersville University & an MS in Educational Technology with emphasis in Rehabilitation/Special Education Technology from The Johns Hopkins University. Her continuing education & research is in the area of Adult Education & Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee. She holds an Assistive Technology Applications Certificate of Learning from California State University - Northridge. Kelly has been a teacher, para-educator, instructional media specialist, assistive technology specialist in early education, school & university settings. She has worked for a statewide AT project & has been an instructor in university courses.

Since 1986 Kelly has presented at schools, conferences, & to families in 48 states and internationally (Australia, Canada, South Africa). She speaks on a wide-range of topics including augmentative communication, computer access, electronic literacy, study skills, AT assessment & implementation strategies. Each year, she works with approximately 50 school-based teams & families supporting students’ implementation of AAC & literacy implementation in the classroom. Kelly is also the relative to individuals with CP, Aspergers & acquired disabilities, which impacts her perspective on the field. She is available to do seminars, webinars, consultations & workshops.

Beginner/Intermediate

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Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM)

There are many tools and software choices for working with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD). A number of these were discussed in a previous webinar. One area which is often overlooked is where does the Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM) come from? AIM can range from simply enlarged print to digitized materials. This webinar will cover tools for creating AIM, sources of already created materials and ways to make these materials more accessible. There also has to be some devices to permit the reading of the AIM as well. There will be a brief overview of several readily available devices, ranging from eReaders to computers. The different types of digital formats and where they can be used will be demonstrated.

Frank Sapp

Frank Sapp

MBA, MS

Mr. Sapp is the Training and Technology Specialist for Touch The Future, a non-profit located in Georgia and South Carolina. Touch The Future is a community based ATRC providing assessments, assistive technology and training for seniors, veterans and the disabled. Touch The Future’s Reboot™ Division refurbishes computers and adds assistive technology as necessary. Mr. Sapp has been an instructor for Computers and Microsoft Office since the early days of computers. He retired from the federal government as a statistician. He currently works with a full range of disabilities from low vision, mobility and learning disabilities. He has presented at ATIA, LDA and numerous parent and teacher groups.

Beginner

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Low Vision and Computer Access

There are many tools and software choices for working with Specific Learning Disabilities (SLD). A number of these were discussed in a previous webinar. One of the issues with an aging population is the increased incidence of disabilities. Among the most common afflictions is decreasing eyesight. While many are used to accommodating decreased vision with reading glasses or prescriptive lenses, there are also computer technology solutions which can help with access to computers. This webinar will help users adapt their computers for low vision. This will include tweaks to the Windows system (mouse, cursor and screen display among others), software programs which can assist and hardware solutions. Starting with the free and moving to the higher technology solutions, the computer can accommodate the needs of a low vision user.

Frank Sapp

Frank Sapp

MBA, MS

Mr. Sapp is the Training and Technology Specialist for Touch The Future, a non-profit located in Georgia and South Carolina. Touch The Future is a community based ATRC providing assessments, assistive technology and training for seniors, veterans and the disabled. Touch The Future’s Reboot™ Division refurbishes computers and adds assistive technology as necessary. Mr. Sapp has been an instructor for Computers and Microsoft Office since the early days of computers. He retired from the federal government as a statistician. He currently works with a full range of disabilities from low vision, mobility and learning disabilities. He has presented at ATIA, LDA and numerous parent and teacher groups.

Beginner

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Accessibility Options for High Stakes Testing

School districts across the country use a computer-based platform, such as Pearson's TestNav, to deliver high stakes tests to its students, including those with disabilities. Find out which technologies (keyboards, mice, switch interface devices, etc.) have been tested and found to be compatible to successfully interact with the latest version of this test, as well as discuss the latest built-in technology available to students with these accommodations.

Cindy Richardson

Cindy Richardson

M. Ed.

Cindy is an Assistive Technology Consultant, specializing in the areas of student assessment, professional development, and curriculum access and success through technology. She has worked with individuals with disabilities for over 25 years, and holds a M.Ed. degree from George Mason University in Assistive/Special Education Technology. Cindy consults with PreK-12 school based teams, to provide assessments that identify technology tools and instructional strategies that support the academic and functional success of students with mild to severe disabilities. She also mentors and trains members of school based teams on strategies to increase student access and success within the general education curriculum through the effective use of technology.

Beginner

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