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Speech Dude Tells More: Practical Technology for Moderate to Severe Students

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 for students with moderate to severe disabilities. Google extensions and other cutting-edge tools will be discussed, along with simple implementation strategies to increase access to content and improve student engagement and productivity, with special emphasis on high school aged and transitional students.

Jennifer Courduff

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Jennifer Courduff

Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Courduff is an associate professor at Azusa Pacific University in the School of Education: Teacher Education. She is currently the Program Director for Azusa Pacific University's Master of Arts: Digital Teaching and Learning program. In this capacity, she develops and teaches courses, working with pre- and in-service teachers in the process of deep integration of technology (including assistive technology) into learning activities. The focus of Dr. Courduff’s research is technology integration for teachers of students with disabilities. Her publications and presentations bring to light the unique technology integration challenges found in diverse learning environments. Most recently, she has developed a theory on exemplary technology integration in special education instruction. This theory extends the constructs of TPACK to more clearly define knowledge, skills, dispositions, and belief necessary for authentic technology integration to occur in special education instruction. Her theory has been applied to revision of in-service professional development assistive technology / augmentative alternative communication certificate training in the county of San Bernardino, and in pre-service coursework within the Digital Teaching and Learning Master’s at Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Courduff is dedicated to improving the preparation and ongoing support for systematic, authentic technology integration for teachers of students with special needs.

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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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.

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.

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.

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)

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!

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

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

Jennifer Courduff

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Jennifer Courduff

Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Courduff is an associate professor at Azusa Pacific University in the School of Education: Teacher Education. She is currently the Program Director for Azusa Pacific University's Master of Arts: Digital Teaching and Learning program. In this capacity, she develops and teaches courses, working with pre- and in-service teachers in the process of deep integration of technology (including assistive technology) into learning activities. The focus of Dr. Courduff’s research is technology integration for teachers of students with disabilities. Her publications and presentations bring to light the unique technology integration challenges found in diverse learning environments. Most recently, she has developed a theory on exemplary technology integration in special education instruction. This theory extends the constructs of TPACK to more clearly define knowledge, skills, dispositions, and belief necessary for authentic technology integration to occur in special education instruction. Her theory has been applied to revision of in-service professional development assistive technology / augmentative alternative communication certificate training in the county of San Bernardino, and in pre-service coursework within the Digital Teaching and Learning Master’s at Azusa Pacific University. Dr. Courduff is dedicated to improving the preparation and ongoing support for systematic, authentic technology integration for teachers of students with special needs.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

Joy Smiley Zabala

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).

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Using QIAT to Improve AT Services, Part 3: Using QIAT to Move Forward

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 3 Overview: In the third webinar of this four-part series, ways that QIAT can be used as a tool to move forward with the plan to improve AT services will be discussed. An overview of research about effective implementation will be provided and how the principles can be applied to your team’s improvement planning will be shared. Participants will complete an activity designed to identify first steps and determine priorities for allocation of their time and resources.

Penny Reed

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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.

Gayl Bowser

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

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