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Fun Activity Using Computers, Tablets, and Smartphones

This presentation will demonstrate how blending low technology with higher technology such as applications (“Apps”) run on an iPad can be used to help students with special needs participate in the classroom.

Fun Activity Using Computers, Tablets, and Smartphones 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.

Beginner

Apps | iPad | Low Tech | High Tech

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Funding SGDs for Students in Transition and “Can I Fund Their iPad?” The Answer Is…

Students and young adults transitioning out from under the special education umbrella face a daunting array of funding and service delivery challenges. Critical issues for transition-aged students using SGDs include how to continue to use, support, and legally own their SGD in the future. Aggressive planning long before transition helps predict evolving needs for communication at work, supported living environments, college, social settings, and a variety of other environments. No person should be left without an SGD or settle for an inferior system as they go out into the world as an adult. This webinar highlights strategies for SGD transition planning, identifying mechanisms for funding SGDs during transition, and includes a candid description of what constitutes a fundable SGD.

Chris Gibbons

Chris Gibbons

PhD, CCC/SLP

Prior to his role as Director of SGD Services at AbleNet, Chris worked in a variety of clinical and research settings as a private practitioner, assistive technology specialist, researcher, industry representative and policy level consultant. His research interests are rooted in AAC user efficiency, communication partner supports, and alternative access methods for people who are functionally locked-in. Most recently, Chris has been a private practitioner specializing in AAC evaluations and implementation and working on projects supporting financial independence for people with disabilities.

Beginner

Funding | SGDs | AAC | iPad

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Basic EADLs – Still a Role in the iPad World?

Electronic Aids to Daily Living provide alternative control of devices within the environment. Basic EADLs can be used in the home or classroom to develop cognitive skills, provide independent play, socialization and participation, provide object manipulation, meet therapy goals and prepare clients for future, more sophisticated assistive technology use. As Tablets are becoming such a key tool in the classroom and therapy, is there still a role for this technology? This webinar will present product options, modes of control and application ideas of both Basic EADLs and Tablets to meet these goals.

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 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.

Beginner

EADLs | Tablets | iPad

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The iPad in Special Education: Why Do You Want One And What To Do With It

The iPad has become an indispensable tool in the area of special education. We will discuss the types of students using the iPad as well as the needs it may address. Information to help you make decisions while purchasing an iPad, including considerations for choosing cases, mounting systems and alternative access methods will be covered. We’ll share tips and tricks that we’ve learned to make using the iPad easier and will share with you some of our successes and challenges.

Diane Gerads-Schmidt, M.A. and Jason Backes, OT

Diane Gerads-Schmidt, M.A. and Jason Backes, OT

Diane Gerads-Schmidt has been a Speech Language Pathologist for District 287 for over 25 years, working with individuals having physical, cognitive and/or behavioral challenges. Diane’s particular area of interest and expertise is in establishing augmentative communication systems for individuals that do not have a verbal way to express themselves.

Jason Backes is an Occupational Therapist with over 20 years experience working with individuals with a variety of disabilities. He has been an Autism Specialist with District 287 for over 5 years and also serves in the role of Innovation Coach for North Education Center. His particular area of expertise is with students having significant emotional, cognitive, sensory and behavioral needs.

Diane and Jason have presented at local, national, and international conferences. They are grateful for the opportunity to learn from their students, families and co-workers on a daily basis!

Beginner/Intermediate

iPad | Apps

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The iPad in Special Education: App Overload!

Due to the ever increasing number of apps available, choosing the apps you need for your students, has become increasingly complicated. This session will give you the information you need to match student’s needs with iPad apps. Resources for finding and reviewing apps will be provided as well as information on how to manage multiple iPads.

Diane Gerads-Schmidt, M.A. and Jason Backes, OT

Diane Gerads-Schmidt, M.A. and Jason Backes, OT

Diane Gerads-Schmidt has been a Speech Language Pathologist for District 287 for over 25 years, working with individuals having physical, cognitive and/or behavioral challenges. Diane’s particular area of interest and expertise is in establishing augmentative communication systems for individuals that do not have a verbal way to express themselves.

Jason Backes is an Occupational Therapist with over 20 years experience working with individuals with a variety of disabilities. He has been an Autism Specialist with District 287 for over 5 years and also serves in the role of Innovation Coach for North Education Center. His particular area of expertise is with students having significant emotional, cognitive, sensory and behavioral needs.

Diane and Jason have presented at local, national, and international conferences. They are grateful for the opportunity to learn from their students, families and co-workers on a daily basis!

Beginner/Intermediate

iPad | Apps

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Apps for Guided Reading

Are you already doing Guided Reading in your classroom? Are you interested in using your iPad as a Guided Reading resource? This webinar will begin with a brief summary of what guided reading involves, and then will discuss using digital storybook apps, eBooks and other iPad based resources for Guided Reading in the classroom. A discussion of the characteristics of a good guided reading app will occur, along with criteria for selecting apps for guided reading. The role of word-by-word highlighting in Guided Reading and in literacy generally will be discussed, along with research around student's comprehension of enhanced eBooks. Resources for finding digital storybook apps will also be covered, and access options and alternative access to digital storybook and eBooks on the iPad will also be covered briefly.

Jane Farrall

Jane Farrall

SLP

Jane has been working in the disability and assistive technology field for over 20 years. She is a speech language pathologist and special educator with extensive practical experience in both Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and in teaching children and adults with disabilities to acquire literacy. Jane has worked as a school and adult service based therapist and literacy teacher. She has also worked as an assistive technology specialist at both ComTEC and at Spectronics and is currently working as an independent consultant in literacy, AAC and Assistive Technology. Jane is a former Chairperson of AGOSCI and is the founder and organizer of the Big Mouth Camp, and a member of the Apple Consultants Network. You can get more information about Jane at her website www.janefarrall.com.

Beginner

iOS | iPad | Reading | Apps

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The Top 5 iPad Apps for Struggling Readers and Writers

This webinar will present the top 5 apps to help support your struggling student immediately. These apps support access to textbooks, research, and learning materials, including support for reading, writing, and completing homework. You will learn realistic application and implementation to begin using in your classroom today! iPad accessibility features (built-in) will also be discussed.

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

Beginner/Intermediate

iPad | Apps | Reading | Writing

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Overview of Switch Control on iOS Devices

Starting with iOS 7, iOS devices such as the iPad support a feature known as Switch Control that provides switch access as a built-in accessibility option. In this session you will learn how to set up Switch Control to work with switch interfaces such as the Blue2 from AbleNet, the different modes of switch access supported on iOS, and the configuration options available for customizing Switch Control to meet the needs of a variety of learners.

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.

Beginner

iOS | iPad | Switch Control

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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.

Beginner

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