The Freedom Series: The Flip Side of Disability is Giftedness – 60 minutes

Speech Dude Series - Part 2: Discovering natural giftedness within students and helping them to plug in to their own brilliance. In this presentation, participants will discover ways to understand hidden gifts and talents of students with moderate to severe disabilities. We will provide scenarios and strategies that we use to discover hidden student gifts and talents. Then, we will introduce innovative technology tools that can be used to create, collaborate, and celebrate these gifts. The Freedom Series_ The Flip Side of Disability is Giftedness 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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Fun Activities Using Technology and Gardening

This presentation will feature a specially designed garden measurement activity highlighting the use of bar graphs. In addition, ideas will be reviewed on the types of assistive devices to consider when planning this activity. Fun Activities Using Technology and Gardening Handout

Mary Hager

Mary Hager

MA, OTR/L, FAOTA

Mary Hager, MA, OTR/L, FAOTA has been an occupational therapist for over 38 years; most of this time spent working with children in the Kanawha County Schools System in West Virginia. She also served as the WV school liaison for many years. She received a BS in Occupational Therapy from the University of Wisconsin Madison and a MA in Special Education from Marshall University. Mary has presented at numerous national and state conferences. She enjoys sharing her knowledge and has mentored many OT and OTA students.

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Twice Exceptionality in the Digital Age: Strategies For helping Students Tap Into Strengths Using Innovative Technology – 60 minutes

In this session, participants will be introduced to the wild world of the twice-exceptional student. A brief overview of twice-exceptionality will be provided, followed by a discussion of innovative tools and strategies that can be used to meet these students’ unique blend of brilliance and challenge in learning, communicating, and being in the world. We will include practical strategies for motivating students to become self-directed learners and thinkers! Twice Exceptionality in the Digital Age: Strategies For helping Students Tap Into Strengths Using Innovative Technology - 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.

Sarah Orton

Sarah Orton

M.Ed

Sarah Orton is an elementary school teacher in Texas. She earned a Masters of Education Degree in Elementary Education from Loyola University, Chicago and holds an English Language Learner Certificate. Sarah teaches gifted and talented students in the Texas Public Schools and currently works as a Professional Developer. Her passion is in teaching reading and finding ways to integrate technology into the classroom.

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How Does Cortical Visual Impairment Impact Access? – 60 minutes

Many of the students we work with present with multiple needs including motor and visual limitations. Cortical Visual Impairment (CVI) is common among children with conditions such as cerebral palsy. This webinar will address how CVI impacts a student’s ability to access assistive technology devices. How Does Cortical Visual Impairment Impact Access? 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.

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Creating an Inclusive Work Environment Through the Use of Mainstream Technologies – 60 minutes

In this presentation, we'll explore the ways in which the power of everyday technology can be harnessed to support employees with diverse strengths and needs. Everyday technology, or "mainstream" technology, is readily available, affordable, and can provide practical solutions to the challenges faced by individuals with disabilities and their employers. Participants in this presentation will leave with resources and strategies that can be easily implemented in the workplace. In addition, we will spend some time discussing specialized technologies that can be utilized to support individuals with more complex needs. Creating an Inclusive Work Environment Through the Use of Mainstream Technologies Handout

Lisa R. Tebo

Lisa R. Tebo

OTD, OTR/L, ATP

Lisa Tebo is a clinical assistant professor in the Clarkson University's Occupational Therapy Program. She received her Masters of Science in Special Education with a Concentration in Assistive Technology from Bowling Green State University, and her Post-Professional Doctorate in OT from Thomas Jefferson University. She has had her ATP certification from RESNA since 2010. Lisa teaches multiple courses on assistive technology at the graduate level, and is the Director of CU OT's Assistive Technology Resource & Education Center. She has served as a consultant to numerous school districts and disability service agencies, providing professional development and training for staff, as well as guidance in program development. She has extensive experience providing both direct and consultative AT services to children and adults through public education and vocational rehabilitative programs.

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How Do I Develop Scanning Skills? – 60 minutes

Switches are often used to access various assistive technology devices. Switch scanning is a common strategy, particularly when accessing a speech generating device. This webinar will present strategies to develop scanning skills to optimize use of speech generating devices. How Do I Develop Scanning Skills? 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.

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Feature Match… What’s That? – 60 minutes

As a key component of an Assistive Technology Assessment, Feature Match, is often misunderstood, misused, or missed completely in the process of a consumer receiving an unbiased and full-scoping AT evaluation. Often consumers are met with AT tool recommendations based upon the knowledge base of their local assessor, rather than the consumers own full range of abilities and needs being matched to the features that are available throughout a wide range of products that are available throughout the marketplace. AT and Rehabilitation Technology providers do not always need to know ALL of the products that are available, but they do need to know how to do a proper Feature Match process and how to search for products beyond their immediate toolbox. Join Kirk and Kelly to explore these options and receive a full set of feature match charts that are composed to range a wide variety of AT areas. Feature Match...What's That? Handout

Kirk Behnke

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Kirk Behnke

M.Ed., ATP

Kirk was the Director of Technical Assistance for the National Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center at CAST where he supported the delivery of universal, targeted and intensive technical assistance and learning opportunities regarding accessible educational materials and accessible technologies within the United States and abroad. Kirk has presented nationally and internationally on Assistive Technology (AT), Web Tools and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for over 25 years. His passion is helping to facilitate excellence in learning for all, whether it is in a classroom, lecture hall or presentation room. His greatest accomplishment was the development and implementation of the “Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)” at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Kirk holds a Master’s degree from Temple University in Education/Special Education, a credential as an Assistive Technology Professional from the Rehabilitation and Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) and a Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from the University College of Dublin, Ireland. He was the former Lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network at Region 4 Education Service Center.

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.

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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.

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Speech Dude Tells Even More: Innovative Assistive Technology to Help Your Moderate to Severe Students Flourish – 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 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. Speech Dude Tells Even More: Innovative Assistive Technology to Help Your Moderate to Severe Students Flourish 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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Practical Uses of QIAT Session 3: State, Regional and Local Programs using QIAT to Improve and Sustain AT Service Delivery – 60 minutes

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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