Fun and Functional Learning

This interactive workshop will take a look at two key elements of a meaningful learning activity: fun factor and functionality. Do you know the key motivators for the individual you are working with? Are there at least 2 of those motivators embedded within each activity? Is the learning activity purposeful and meaningful to the individual and others in the environment? Simple concepts that are sometimes missing in the activities we ask our learners to engage in. Learn how to become a better motivator detective.

Terry Wendorf

Terry Wendorf

MA

For over 33 years Terry has been working in a variety of roles including Teaching Assistant, Resource Teacher, Classroom Teacher, University Instructor, and Ministry of Education Outreach Program Coordinator. As an Outreach Program Coordinator, worked with a team of therapists (OT, PT, SLP) to provide website resources including online tutorials, workshops, and individualized curriculum guides for students with severe/profound cognitive and multiple disabilities. Developed and delivers an online course (i.e., Developing Functional Curriculum) for Vancouver Island University. Over 21 years as an educational consultant. She holds a Master’s degree in Leadership & Training with emphasis on adult learning.

Beginner

Motivators | Learning

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IEP Facilitation and Conflict Prevention

This webinar provides an overview of IEP facilitation and the skills you need to prevent conflict as well as create a collaborative meeting process. It fosters collaboration that encourages professional interaction and shared responsibility among team members to address the needs of students.

Cassie Velasquez

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Cassie Velasquez

M.Ed

Cassie Velasquez, M.Ed., is a national trainer for Key2ed, training special education personnel and administrators on Individual Education Plan Facilitation and Conflict Resolution. She serves as a Neutral Facilitator for problematic IEP meetings in Scottsdale, and across the country, providing a structure and a process for the meeting that is collaborative and empowering for all team members.Cassie brings 20 years of educational experience focusing on special education. Her career began working with children with Emotional Behavioral Disorders (EBD) but she has gone on to teach children with all types of disabilities. She was nominated for Scottsdale Unified School District Teacher of the Year in 2003 by the Scottsdale Charros, a charitable organization widely known for their dedication and support of excellence in education. In 2004, she was selected to participate in a two year consortium regarding Autism.

Robin Keim

Robin Keim

M.A.T.

Robin Keim, M.A.T. is a national trainer for Key2ed. She provides training on conflict resolution and IEP meeting facilitation (FIEP) to state and local education agencies. She is a facilitator for high profile meetings. In addition, she is a Special Education Administrator for Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona. There she provides educational leadership by fostering parent and school team relationships, collaborating with school teams and improving student outcomes.

Robin began her career in special education over 20 years ago where she worked in Ireland with students whose disabilities ranged from mild to severe, cognitive and physical disabilities. After returning to the United States, Robin received her Master’s in Special Education at the University of South Carolina. Since 1992, Robin's scope of experience in Special Education has spanned from the classroom, where she has taught in all levels of special education, to administration.

Beginner

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Teaching a Classroom of Students with Autism – Got Started, Now What?

Teaching children with Autism requires specialized instruction and depends on how the room is set up, how you communicate, how you manage behaviors, and how to modifying curriculum to name a few. In this session you will learn some specific strategies and resources to use to manage behaviors, increase social skills, and modify instruction so that you can get the most out of your school day.

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.

Intermediate

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Asperger’s Syndrome Apps for Organizations and Educators

Many students with Asperger's Syndrome require assistance organizing their day and/or projects. In this webinar, I will demonstrate some great, useful apps to keep organized, create and keep schedules, work on projects with multiple deadlines, and more. These can be used on Android and iPhone devices as well as iPads and computers. Additionally, these apps can be used as educators for all of the same reasons!

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

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Session 3: Overview of Coaching Skills to Support AT Use

This three-part series will explore the ways that educators can offer support to others who help students use AT. We’ll address questions like; How can a supportive AT relationship be established and maintained? What approaches to the provision of AT supports can be used?; How do I decide which strategy is best for each situation? How can coaching concepts be used to help students and adults integrate the use of AT into everyday routines and activities?

Gayl Bowser

Gayl Bowser

M.Ed

Gayl Bowser’s work as an independent consultant focuses on the integration of technology into the educational programs of students with disabilities. Ms. Bowser provides assistive technology consultation, training and technical assistance throughout the United States and internationally. Gayl has co-authored numerous publications about assistive technology services and is a member of the leadership team of the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) Consortium. She is a member of the faculty for Portland State University and the University of Oregon. You can learn more about Gayl on her blog at http://www.integrateat.com

Beginner/Intermediate

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Session 2: Matching AT Supports to Service Needs

People who provide AT supports wear many hats. They can be direct service providers, consultants, collaborators, or coaches. The second session in the Big Ideas for Supporting AT Use series will offer definitions and comparisons of consultation, collaboration and coaching as models for AT support. We’ll also learn about and practice a paradigm for deciding which of these models might be the most effective in a given situation.

Gayl Bowser

Gayl Bowser

M.Ed

Gayl Bowser’s work as an independent consultant focuses on the integration of technology into the educational programs of students with disabilities. Ms. Bowser provides assistive technology consultation, training and technical assistance throughout the United States and internationally. Gayl has co-authored numerous publications about assistive technology services and is a member of the leadership team of the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) Consortium. She is a member of the faculty for Portland State University and the University of Oregon. You can learn more about Gayl on her blog at http://www.integrateat.com

Beginner/Intermediate

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Session 1: Establishing and Maintaining Support for AT

Are you one of the people involved in helping to maximize a student’s ability to benefit from using assistive technology (AT)? Is it part of your role to help others integrate AT use in educational settings? What is your process for helping other staff, families and related service providers work together to solve an AT problem or address an identified concern? AT integration efforts are most successful when a well defined process is use and there is clear agreement about the issue to be addressed as well as the way people will work together. This webinar will describe a process for establishing shared agreement and a productive working relationship when addressing AT concerns and providing AT support.

Gayl Bowser

Gayl Bowser

M.Ed

Gayl Bowser’s work as an independent consultant focuses on the integration of technology into the educational programs of students with disabilities. Ms. Bowser provides assistive technology consultation, training and technical assistance throughout the United States and internationally. Gayl has co-authored numerous publications about assistive technology services and is a member of the leadership team of the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) Consortium. She is a member of the faculty for Portland State University and the University of Oregon. You can learn more about Gayl on her blog at http://www.integrateat.com

Beginner/Intermediate

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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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QIAT Session 10: Using QIAT Resources

Since the summer of 1998, the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) Community has focused its efforts on defining and using a set of descriptors that serve as over-arching guidelines for high quality AT services. The Community has developed descriptors that are applicable regardless of service delivery models.

Scott Marfilius

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Scott Marfilius

M.A. Ed.

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.

Joy Smiley Zabala

Joy Smiley Zabala

Ed.D., ATP

Joy Smiley Zabala, Ed.D., ATP, is a general and special educator who has worked with students, families, education agencies, and others across the USA and abroad for more than 25 years to expand the use of assistive technology to increase the communication, participation and productivity of people with disabilities. She is the developer of the SETT Framework (http://www.joyzabala.com/). Joy is the Director of Technical Assistance for CAST and the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials (http://aim.cast.org).

Beginner/Intermediate

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QIAT Session 9: Administrative Support of AT Services

Administrative support and leadership for developing and delivering assistive technology services involves the development of policies, procedures, and other supports necessary to improve quality of services and sustain effective assistive technology programs. If you are looking for strategies to improve administrative support or if you are not sure about ways your agency can offer administrative support for AT services, this session will be of value. The QIAT Leadership Team will share the Quality Indicators for Administrative Support for AT. We will provide options for effective practice, and principles to guide administrative support at the state, district or building level.

Joan Breslin-Larson

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Joan Breslin-Larson

M.Ed.

Joan Breslin-Larson, M.Ed., is the supervisor for low incidence disabilities and special education workforce at the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE), where she has worked since 1999. She brings many years of experiences as an independent assistive technology consultant and adult educator to her work at MDE. Joan is the parent of 3 children, all of whom are now adults, one of whom had an IEP.

Penny Reed

Penny Reed

PhD, MA

Penny Reed has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special Education from Indiana University and master’s and doctoral degrees in Special Education from the University of Oregon. She has been a teacher, consultant and administrator in the field of special education and assistive technology. Dr. Reed regularly provides consultation and training on a variety of topics related to assistive technology with a special focus on helping school districts improve their delivery of assistive technology services. She is the author of numerous publications about assistive technology services.

Beginner/Intermediate

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