Accessibility on Mobile Devices: Accessibility Features in iOS 9 and Android-based Devices – 60 minutes

You have a smartphone, or a tablet, or maybe both – but do you really know just how smart it really is? By law, mobile devices must include support for persons with vision, hearing, learning, physical, and motor disabilities. For example, did you know that you could set your device to read a selection of text to you? Did you know that you could limit student access to just one app? There is a plethora of wonderful (and free!) accessibility features in tablets and mobile devices that are not being used because owners simply don’t know the features exist. In this webinar, participants will be guided through the accessibility features offered on iOS9 and Android-based devices. You will learn about the basics of accessibility and easy applications to teaching and learning. You will also be provided with some great resources to assist students in accessing educational content through their tablets and mobile devices.

Jennifer Courduff

Jennifer Courduff

Ph.D.

Dr. Jennifer Courduff is an Associate Professor 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 advocates for the needs of special education teachers in several professional learning communities. Her research and presentations focus on technology integration within inclusive learning environments and mobile learning.

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Social Media and Connectivity in AAC

This webinar will discuss the available social media options in current AAC apps. It will explore the benefits and challenges of the current integration of mainstream social media in specialist AAC apps on the iPad. The presentation will also explore how apps in this field are catering to everyday communication functions such as email, SMS, and Skype.

Rebecca Bright

Rebecca Bright

BSpPath MRCSLT regHPC MASLTIP

Rebecca Bright is a speech and language therapist with over 11 years experience in working with adults with neurological communication disabilities. In 2011 Rebecca, a co-founder of TBoxApps, launched Predictable and Scene & Heard, both award winning AAC apps for the iPad. In 2012, TBoxApps have launched Predictable in 5 more languages and on the Android platform. Rebecca regularly presents workshops in Europe on how speech and language therapists and educators can use tablet technology in their practice.

Beginner

SGDs | AAC | Apps

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So You Wanna Develop an App?

This presentation will overview the considerations you need to make before embarking on finding a developer and starting on the creation of your app. We will explore the financial, legal, practical and business factors which go behind the app development process, as well as understanding the elements which make a successful app.

Rebecca Bright

Rebecca Bright

BSpPath MRCSLT regHPC MASLTIP

Rebecca Bright is a speech and language therapist with over 11 years experience in working with adults with neurological communication disabilities. In 2011 Rebecca, a co-founder of TBoxApps, launched Predictable and Scene & Heard, both award winning AAC apps for the iPad. In 2012, TBoxApps have launched Predictable in 5 more languages and on the Android platform. Rebecca regularly presents workshops in Europe on how speech and language therapists and educators can use tablet technology in their practice.

Beginner

Apps | iDevices | Tablets

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Choice Making…There’s An App For That (And More)!

Many children with Autism (and other disabilities) may have a communication deficit. Choice making is a powerful form of communication. Providing opportunities to make choices is an appropriate strategy to use with people of all ages in a variety of contexts (home, school, community). Choice making can also be effective in improving desirable behaviors while decreasing and eliminating undesirable behaviors. Allowing a child to make a choice can promote independence and give a child a sense of control over his or her daily activities. AbleNet's FREE app SoundingBoard not only has many preloaded free boards, but also has the ability to create your own. I will demonstrate ideas of how to use this app (for more the choice making), how to create your own choice board, and other apps as well.

Mo Buti

Mo Buti

M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-ADMIN

Mo has been in the field of special education for over 22 years, working with children with severe and profound, moderate, mild and Autism disabilities. She has the Director of Special Education degree and certificate from the state of Illinois and her type 75 certificate. She was a teacher, a consultant and now an administrator. She was the Coordinator of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools for over 4 years and is now a Special Education Administrator working on reintegration, placement and special projects for children with autism and intellectual disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools. She has a passion for learning, making visual modifications and teaching. She is known as a dynamic speaker in the field of Autism. She is an international speaker presenting at yearly conferences.

Beginner

Choice Making | Apps | Autism

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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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Text-to-Speech App Predictable: Looking at Access and Customization for People With ALS and Cerebral Palsy

An in-depth look at the app, Predictable, particularly focussing on how the app can be used by people with significant speech and motor difficulties. The webinar will cover the ways in which the settings can be adjusted for a range of sensory, motor and social requirements and look at the access options available for Predictable on both iOS and Android platforms.

Rebecca Bright

Rebecca Bright

BSpPath MRCSLT regHPC MASLTIP

Rebecca Bright is a speech and language therapist with over 11 years experience in working with adults with neurological communication disabilities. In 2011 Rebecca, a co-founder of TBoxApps, launched Predictable and Scene & Heard, both award winning AAC apps for the iPad. In 2012, TBoxApps have launched Predictable in 5 more languages and on the Android platform. Rebecca regularly presents workshops in Europe on how speech and language therapists and educators can use tablet technology in their practice.

Beginner

iOS | Android | Apps

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SoundingBoard App – Bigger and Better!

This awesome free app has gotten a makeover! This free app is a communication system that is simple to program and use. Some of the new options include better graphics, screen rotation, new lay-outs, larger message board, and much more. I will go through and demonstrate this great app!

Mo Buti

Mo Buti

M.Ed-BD, M.Ed-ADMIN

Mo has been in the field of special education for over 22 years, working with children with severe and profound, moderate, mild and Autism disabilities. She has the Director of Special Education degree and certificate from the state of Illinois and her type 75 certificate. She was a teacher, a consultant and now an administrator. She was the Coordinator of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools for over 4 years and is now a Special Education Administrator working on reintegration, placement and special projects for children with autism and intellectual disabilities for the Chicago Public Schools. She has a passion for learning, making visual modifications and teaching. She is known as a dynamic speaker in the field of Autism. She is an international speaker presenting at yearly conferences.

Beginner

iOS | Apps | AAC | SGDs

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iPad Access and iOS7 Switch Control by AbleNet

iDevices such as Apple's iPad, iPad mini, iPhone and iPod touch are the hottest consumer technology products on the market today. Learn how with one or two switches connected via Bluetooth, users with significant physical disabilities can easily access an iDevices, and if running iOS 7, access tasks like using an AAC app, writing an email, browsing the internet, watching a video, or listening to music. Every app, every screen item, is now accessible!

Mary Sagstetter

Mary Sagstetter

M.A.Ed.

Mary Sagstetter joined AbleNet in June of 1998, with over 15 years of professional experience in the field of Special Education. In her current role as Business Development Manager, Mary focuses on providing awareness of AbleNet’s growing portfolio assistive technology solutions for individuals with disabilities.

Beginner

iOS | Apps | Switch Control

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