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Positioning For Access

This webinar will present positioning strategies to optimize access, focusing on providing a stable and functional posture. Access methods include direct, switch and voice, as well as mouse and eyegaze. Targeted positional changes may be required to determine or optimize an access method for successful assistive technology use. Case studies will be used to illustrate these concepts.

Michelle Lange

Michelle Lange

OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Michelle is an occupational therapist with 25 years of experience and former Clinical Director of The Assistive Technology Clinics of The Children’s Hospital of Denver. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored 7 book chapters and over 100 articles. She is the editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed. Michelle is on the teaching faculty of RESNA and the University of Pittsburgh. She is on the RERC on Wheeled Mobility Advisory Board. Michelle is a credentialed ATP, credentialed SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.

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Mounting Assistive Technology to Wheelchairs

This course will address mounting assistive technology to wheelchairs. This assistive technology includes power wheelchair access methods, switches, displays, communication devices, laptop computers, tablets and EADLs. A variety of commercially available product options will be presented, including “off label” use of products and custom solutions. We will focus on mounting communication devices and tablets.

Michelle Lange

Michelle Lange

OTR, ABDA, ATP/SMS

Michelle is an occupational therapist with 25 years of experience and former Clinical Director of The Assistive Technology Clinics of The Children’s Hospital of Denver. She is a well-respected lecturer, both nationally and internationally and has authored 7 book chapters and over 100 articles. She is the editor of Fundamentals in Assistive Technology, 4th ed. Michelle is on the teaching faculty of RESNA and the University of Pittsburgh. She is on the RERC on Wheeled Mobility Advisory Board. Michelle is a credentialed ATP, credentialed SMS and is a Senior Disability Analyst of the ABDA.

Beginner

Mounting | AAC | Tablets | Wheelchair

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Consideration of Assistive Technology

Come join us for an overview of the essentials when “considering” assistive technology into the Individualized Education Plan (IEP). Learn about the 4 step model used in Texas to direct IEP teams and its members. This presentation is based on the Quality Indicators of Assistive Technology (QIAT) and specifically the consideration indicator.

Kirk Behnke

Kirk Behnke

M.Ed., ATP

Kirk Behnke has a B.S. in Biology/Pre-Medicine and a M.Ed. in Education/Special Education from Temple University. He holds an Assistive Technology Professional Credential (ATP) from RESNA. Kirk is the Lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN) and the Senior Education Specialist for Special Education at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston. He supports regional centers, districts and campuses across Texas with assistive technology, accessible instructional materials, and Universal Design for Learning .

Beginner

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The Power of the PowerLink 4 Control Unit

Environmental control units make it possible for individuals with physical challenges to control electrical devices in school and in the home environments. These units encourage participation and independence in academic, leisure and self-care activities. This session will share ideas for use of the PowerLink 4 Control Unit.

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

ECU

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What Administrators Need to Know about Assistive Technology

Are you a School Administrator? Do you know exactly what you need to provide in FAPE, LRE, according to IDEA? What are the best practices to implement from a school district/campus point of view? And what about BYOT? Come to this one-hour webinar and get a quick-paced, information packed session to help you start thinking about the importance of providing assistive technology accommodations for your students.

Kirk Behnke

Kirk Behnke

M.Ed., ATP

Kirk Behnke has a B.S. in Biology/Pre-Medicine and a M.Ed. in Education/Special Education from Temple University. He holds an Assistive Technology Professional Credential (ATP) from RESNA. Kirk is the Lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN) and the Senior Education Specialist for Special Education at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston. He supports regional centers, districts and campuses across Texas with assistive technology, accessible instructional materials, and Universal Design for Learning .

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Using Low-Tech to Support Literacy Learning

All students are ready to experience literacy-based interactions. Until recently, typical literacy materials have not been thought of as accessible to students with significant disabilities. Attend this session to learn strategies to integrate low-tech into literacy learning experiences and to provide hours of literacy enjoyment for all your students.

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

Literacy | Learning

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Assistive Technology Implementation: The Basics

This workshop will address the basics of an assistive technology implementation plan, including purpose, results, planning for implementation, and evaluating the effectiveness of the AT and the IEP.

Kirk Behnke

Kirk Behnke

M.Ed., ATP

Kirk Behnke has a B.S. in Biology/Pre-Medicine and a M.Ed. in Education/Special Education from Temple University. He holds an Assistive Technology Professional Credential (ATP) from RESNA. Kirk is the Lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network (TATN) and the Senior Education Specialist for Special Education at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston. He supports regional centers, districts and campuses across Texas with assistive technology, accessible instructional materials, and Universal Design for Learning .

Beginner

IEP | AT | Implementation

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Controlling the Environment: Switches and Mounting for Access

It is important to take the proper positioning of switches, communication devices, and environmental controls seriously. If overlooked, it can mean the difference between success and failure, comfort and fatigue, efficiency and wasted effort. Selecting the right tools enable persons with disabilities to participate in a broad range of everyday activities at home, at work, in classrooms. Learn about the tools that empower individuals to increase their independence, growth and progress.

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

Mounting | Access | ECU

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Google Chrome as AT

With the proliferation of 1:1 programs and Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT), schools are exploring more EdTech solutions to meet the technology needs of learners. With all of this technology – what happens to the struggling student? In this session, learn about an array of Google Chrome apps and extensions that could be beneficial to ALL students. By leveraging the power of this common browser, we can make significant customization to meet the needs of all students. By harnessing the power of this browser on web enabled devices, students can use any device and have their supports follow them. The session will highlight Google apps and extensions to assist students in the areas of reading, writing, organization, study skills, mind-mapping/ brainstorming, executive function, and math/ computing.

Mike Marotta

Mike Marotta

RESNA Certified ATP

Mike has been an innovator in the field of assistive technology for over 20-years. Starting as a provider of direct services, he has transitioned to a leadership role within the assistive technology community that has seen him impacting not only service provision, but also systems change activities and pre-service training for new professionals..

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Organization Through Mind Mapping

Thinking through coloring! Let's get out our crayons and a clean sheet of paper – or the computer equivalents. Mind mapping is a visual process which can be used for organization, note taking, brainstorming and increased productivity. The webinar will cover the basic concepts of mind mapping and an overview of several programs which can be used in the educational environment. While mind mapping is widely used as an assistive technology for learning disabilities, it is also a UDL tool!

Frank Sapp

Frank Sapp

MBA, MS

Mr. Sapp is the Training and Technology Specialist for Touch The Future, a non-profit located in Georgia and South Carolina. Touch The Future is a community based ATRC providing assessments, assistive technology and training for seniors, veterans and the disabled. Touch The Future’s Reboot™ Division refurbishes computers and adds assistive technology as necessary. Mr. Sapp has been an instructor for Computers and Microsoft Office since the early days of computers. He retired from the federal government as a statistician. He currently works with a full range of disabilities from low vision, mobility and learning disabilities. He has presented at ATIA, LDA and numerous parent and teacher groups.

Beginner

UDL | Mind Mapping | Visual

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