A Techie Approach to Addressing Behavior – 60 minutes

Whether you are a teacher, a parent, a school administrator, or an education professional, successful behavior management is key to success in school and all other settings. Whether you prefer to manage (or self-manage) behavior through strategies and low-tech supports, or you are keen on going all digital, there is a tech tool for that! Join us to explore techie resources and strategies for addressing unwanted behavior for all age groups and all settings! A Techie Approach to Addressing Behavior 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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Mobile Technologies for Everyday Cognitive Support – 60 minutes

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.

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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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From Portable to Wearable Supports for Daily Living – 60 minutes

Devices from Apple, Google, Pebble and others offer a great deal of customization through a number of built-in accessibility features as well as apps that can be installed to support a number of individual needs. For this session we will focus on the use of wearables as a support for executive functioning, our ability to plan and executive key tasks related to daily living. We will explore a number of built-in features and apps for setting up and managing calendars, to do lists, reminders and other tools that can help all of us stay on track as we seek to complete important personal goals. In addition to these aids for daily living available on a number of wearables ranging from fitness devices to smart watches, we will explore the availability of accessibility features such as screen reader support, magnification and other display adjustments for those who need them to interact with their devices.

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Luis Perez

Luis Perez

PhD

Luis Pérez, Ph.D. is an instructional designer, author, speaker, and inclusive learning consultant based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has more than a decade of experience working with educators to help them integrate technology in ways that empower all learners. Luis holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida, and he is the author of Mobile Learning for All: Supporting Accessibility with the iPad, from Corwin Press. Luis was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009 and as a Google in Education Certified Innovator (formerly Google Certified Teacher) in 2014. He currently serves as the Professional Learning Chair of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which honored him as its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. His work as an accessibility advocate has been featured in publications such as CNET Magazine, the New York Times Bits Blog, the Sydney Morning Herald, THE Journal, and The Loop Magazine. Luis has presented at national and international conferences such as South by Southwest EDU, ISTE, CSUN, ATIA, and Closing the Gap.

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Choreographing Effective Paraeducator Support in Inclusive Early Childhood Settings – 60 minutes

This session will demonstrate practical strategies of how to choreograph effective paraeducator support that is child-centered, discreet and unobtrusive to advance the learning – cognitive, communication, and social-emotional – outcomes of children in inclusive pre-kindergarten and kindergarten settings. Participants will gain skills in assisting with student-specific instructional interventions, and maximizing learning opportunities for children using appropriate level of prompts and cues and gradually fading the prompts.

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Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

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Supports for Vision and Literacy Across Platforms (iOS and Chrome) – 60 minutes

As Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) models become increasingly popular in schools and other settings, educators and other staff face both opportunities and challenges: on the one hand they have access to a variety of tools for creating the kinds of flexible environments our learners and clients need, but on the other hand it is difficult to keep up with the fast paced of innovation. In this session, we will explore a number of free and low cost tools for iOS and Chrome that you can use to provide access to information and flexible means of interaction and response for all, including apps and extensions for text to speech, dictation, word prediction and more. You will leave this session with a powerful toolkit for empowering all learners and clients to get the most from their technology, no matter what platform they use.

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Luis Perez

Luis Perez

PhD

Luis Pérez, Ph.D. is an instructional designer, author, speaker, and inclusive learning consultant based in St. Petersburg, Florida. He has more than a decade of experience working with educators to help them integrate technology in ways that empower all learners. Luis holds a doctorate in special education and a master’s degree in instructional technology from the University of South Florida, and he is the author of Mobile Learning for All: Supporting Accessibility with the iPad, from Corwin Press. Luis was selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator (ADE) in 2009 and as a Google in Education Certified Innovator (formerly Google Certified Teacher) in 2014. He currently serves as the Professional Learning Chair of the Inclusive Learning Network of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE), which honored him as its 2016 Outstanding Inclusive Educator. His work as an accessibility advocate has been featured in publications such as CNET Magazine, the New York Times Bits Blog, the Sydney Morning Herald, THE Journal, and The Loop Magazine. Luis has presented at national and international conferences such as South by Southwest EDU, ISTE, CSUN, ATIA, and Closing the Gap.

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Supporting Students with Severe and Multiple Disabilities: What Paraeducators Need to Know and Do – 60 minutes

This session will demonstrate how to choreograph effective paraeducator support to students with severe and multiple disabilities that is student-centered, non-intrusive and non-stigmatizing. Participants will learn strategies to maximize academic and social learning opportunities for students they support while facilitating growth of independence and reduce adult dependence. The inclusion of classroom scenarios and student-specific vignettes during the presentation will help with implementation of best-practices.

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Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

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The Three Ps for Behavioral Support: Preventive Strategies, Personalized Supports and Positive Strokes – 45 minutes

The Paraeducator Series will offer three webinars designed to increase the knowledge and skills of paraeducators in supporting students with disabilities in diverse settings. Combined, the focus of the webinars is to prepare paraeducators to provide optimal support that assists student’s learning success while facilitating self-dependence. This series should be appealing to teachers who guide and supervise paraeducators routinely as well as district special education trainers in their design and delivery of professional development.

Part 2: With the aid of classroom scenarios and student-specific vignettes involving both general education and special education settings, this webinar session will illustrate how to use the “Three Ps” approach guided by the Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) model to eliminate or reduce problem behaviors. Participants will learn how to use Preventive Strategies (P1), provide Personalized Supports (P2) and deliver Positive Strokes (P3).
The Three Ps for Behavioral Support: Preventive Strategies, Personalized Supports and Positive Strokes Handout

Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

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Delivering Effective Paraeducator Support to Students with Disabilities: A Delicate Dance- 45 minutes

The Paraeducator Series will offer three webinars designed to increase the knowledge and skills of paraeducators in supporting students with disabilities in diverse settings. Combined, the focus of the webinars is to prepare paraeducators to provide optimal support that assists student’s learning success while facilitating self-dependence. This series should be appealing to teachers who guide and supervise paraeducators routinely as well as district special education trainers in their design and delivery of professional development.

Part 1: This webinar session will identify the steps and strategies – based on best-practices research – on how the paraeducator support has to be carefully choreographed to be not too intrusive while improving the educational outcomes of students with disabilities. With the aid of classroom scenarios and student-specific vignettes involving both general education and special education settings, participants will learn how to achieve a balance between providing personalized support to maximize learning opportunities for students while encouraging the growth of independence.
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Padmaja Sarathy

Padmaja Sarathy

MA, Author & Educational Consultant

Padmaja Sarathy is a highly sought after, globally engaged educational consultant and author with extensive expertise in the fields of special education and early childhood education. Driven by an intense commitment to maximize learning outcomes for children with special needs, Padmaja uses evidence-based methods to guide educators to pursue innovative instructional techniques across the United States, and abroad. She inspires educators through webinars, onsite coaching, and workshops at international and regional conferences. She has also written multiple books focusing on autism, significant and multiple disabilities, paraeducators, early childhood education, and special education legal compliance. Earlier in her career, she was a diagnostician and served as Special Education Supervisor at the Ford Bend Independent School District. Visit www.infinitepossibilities-sped.com for more information.

She is also the founder and president of a nonprofit organization – Parent Engagement for Active Child Enrichment (PEACE). PEACE (www.peacenurtureskids.org) coaches and guides families, particularly those from marginalized populations, to enable and empower their children towards a positive and productive academic and life trajectory.

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Using QIAT to Improve AT Services, Part 4: Using QIAT for Sustainability- 60 minutes

QIAT Overview: Are you looking for ways to develop or improve your AT services? This series of four webinars will help you use the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services (QIAT) as a tool to evaluate and improve your existing AT service design. Each webinar will offer ideas, activities and examples of how QIAT has been used by AT programs across the country as well as internationally.

Part 4 Overview: The final webinar in the four-part series, Using QIAT to Improve AT Services, will focus on ongoing assessment, re-evaluation and re-visioning. sustainability of AT service improvement efforts will be discussed and ways to apply the research about the science of implementation suggested. Examples of ways that district, regional, and state programs have repeatedly used QIAT to assess their progress and move forward with QIAT will be given.
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Diana Foster Carl

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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.

Joan Breslin-Larson

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.

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Using QIAT to Improve AT Services, Part 2: Using QIAT to Set Program Goals- 60 minutes

QIAT Overview: Are you looking for ways to develop or improve your AT services? This series of four webinars will help you use the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services (QIAT) as a tool to evaluate and improve your existing AT service design. Each webinar will offer ideas, activities and examples of how QIAT has been used by AT programs across the country as well as internationally.

Part 2 Overview: Once a team has created a vision and set goals for developing or improving AT services there are many decisions to be made. How should the team proceed? What is the most effective use of the team's efforts? Who should be involved in planning and implementation? In the second webinar of the Using QIAT series, information about the types of actions that are most effective in developing an AT service improvement plan will be provided and tools and examples of the ways that teams have used QIAT to help create a plan of action will be shared.
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Joy Smiley Zabala

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Joy Smiley Zabala

Ed.D., ATP

Joy Smiley Zabala, Ed.D., ATP, is a general and special educator who has worked with students, families, education agencies, and others across the USA and abroad for more than 25 years to expand the use of assistive technology to increase the communication, participation and productivity of people with disabilities. She is the developer of the SETT Framework (http://www.joyzabala.com/). Joy is the Director of Technical Assistance for CAST and the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (http://aim.cast.org).

Joan Breslin-Larson

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.

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