Designing Your Treasure Chest of Tools to Advance Children With Significant Needs

In this final session in this series on advancing outcomes for children with severe and multiple disabilities, you will learn how to provide a variety of support tools to maximally involve your students in learning and strengthen their concept-knowledge to reach desired outcomes. Based on the research-supported Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles, the tools in the treasure chest will offer various formats to increase student access to learning and opportunities for them to respond in non-traditional ways.

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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UDL | Support Tools

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Change Your View of AT to Support Employees

Assistive technology can help individuals with disabilities be more independent and productive in a wide variety of vocational settings. This webinar will clarify how to identify what tools may be needed and then a fun look at various assistive technology tools to help with task analysis, prompting/directing, computer access, and modifying the environment. Solutions will include low cost devices that can be purchased from local stores, easy modifications, and iPad apps.

Laura Parks

Laura Parks

M.Ed.

Laura Parks, M.Ed., is an Assistive Technology Specialist with T.A.S.C., a nonprofit program of UCP Huntsville. Prior to joining TASC 8 years ago, she briefly taught career & life skills for high school students outside of Atlanta and worked in various group homes in Huntsville. Laura is queen of dollar tree and loves to find simple assistive technology solutions to help individuals increase their independence to communicate, access the computer, and be more independent.

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