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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ECT (Environmental Communication Teaching) Data Collection, Part 2

In Part 2, participants will learn about data collection strategies and how to use video as productive implementation intervention technique. You will also learn an effective way in which to use written communication scripts without stifling the impromptu communication experience of a student in the classroom and forcing communication that need not occur if a student is not motivated to say pre-planned messages. Teams will learn to apply a least-to-most prompt hierarchy that promotes independence in communication and supports the language development of augmented speakers.

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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ECT | Implementation

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ECT (Environmental Communication Teaching) Strategies for Implementation, Part 1

This webinar will train on the basics of Environmental Communication Training and the common solutions to classroom communication that it can provide. We will go through the process of identifying “ECT” students and look at classroom activities and the type of communication opportunity it provides to nonspeaking student. Examples will be used to develop an understanding of communicative requirements of educational, vocational, and community activities.

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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ECT | Implementation

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District Implementation of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in K-12 Settings

Gain an understanding of district and campus initiatives, goals and best practices of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in public K-12 settings. We will share action and implementation plans from district leadership after they attended a 3-day Universal Design for Learning Institute at Region 4 Education Service Center. Plans will help identify areas of need, resources, shift in paradigm, and focus on how to improve student achievement and success in the classroom.

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 | Implementation

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QIAT Session 6: Evaluation of the Effectiveness of AT

This QIAT area addresses the evaluation of the effectiveness of the AT devices and services provided to individual students. It includes data collection, documentation and analysis to monitor changes in student performance resulting from the implementation of assistive technology services. Student performance is reviewed in order to identify if, when, or where modifications and revisions to the AT implementation plan are needed.

Jane Korsten

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Jane Korsten

M.A.

Jane Korsten has a degree in elementary education from the University of Kansas and a M.A. in Speech Pathology and Audiology from the University of Illinois. She has worked as a speech pathologist and AT resource specialist with individuals of all ages having significant sensory motor differences and autism. She has worked in public schools, supported living settings for adults and private practice developing alternate communication systems for individuals who are non-verbal. She was the principal investigator on an Innovative Research Grant funded through the National Institutes of Health which led to the development of Every Move Counts: a sensory based approach to communication. Jane is a co-author of Every Move Counts and Every Move Counts, Clicks and Chats. Since 1989, Jane has provided professional development on a variety of topics in 30 states.

Terry Foss

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.

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Assistive Technology Implementation: The Basics

This workshop will address the basics of an assistive technology implementation plan, including purpose, results, planning for implementation, and evaluating the effectiveness of the AT and the IEP.

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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IEP | AT | Implementation

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Introduction for Practitioners to New Assistive Technology Support Services from AbleNet

As part of the IEP planning process, IDEA mandates that the assistive technology (AT) needs of students be considered, yet the selection and implementation of AT continues to be a significant challenge for districts around the country. This webinar will introduce teachers and practitioners to the new Assistive Technology Support Service from AbleNet, a comprehensive program designed to help school districts meet the AT needs of identified students. This year-long program of support includes help with conducting AT assessments, providing product trials, delivering on-going support with technology implementation, and documenting AT utilization. This webinar will provide an overview of the program, as well as a look at Learning Management System from AbleNet, an online tool for teachers and administrators, to support and document effective implementation practices.

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.

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IEP | Implementation | Support | AT

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