QIAT Session 8: Professional Development and Training in AT
Assistive technology professional development and training efforts should arise out of an ongoing, well-defined, and comprehensive plan designed to develop and maintain the abilities of individuals at all levels of the organization. The goal of assistive technology professional development and training is to increase educators’ knowledge and skills in a variety of areas including, but not limited to: collaborative processes; a continuum of tools, strategies, and services; resource; legal issues; action planning; and data collection and analysis.
Scott Marfilius has a M.A. in Education, with specialization in Curriculum and Instruction. Scott has been working with individuals with disabilities for the past 26 years. The past 20 years has involved implementing assistive technology at various levels. Scott continues to assist teams and individuals in assessing students assistive technology needs. Scott also works with universities and has assisted in reorganizing their curriculum to infuse technology throughout the teacher preparation experience.
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.