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.

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Power Wheelchair Assessment: Mobility Training as a Part of the School

This webinar will present strategies for optimizing power wheelchair use in the context of a school day. Many students receive their first power wheelchair and bring this immediately to school where the wheelchair may be housed due to accessibility issues. This may leave the school team with the task of teaching the child to use the power wheelchair. Mobility training can be accomplished by pulling the student out of other activities, but can also be done as a part of the school day. Case examples will be presented.

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 co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, 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/Intermediate

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Power Wheelchair Assessment

This webinar will utilize a case study to present strategies for both determining and developing readiness to use a power wheelchair in children. These strategies will include use of switches, toys, switch latch and timers and the computer to develop specific motor control and cognitive concepts. If you work with children who may benefit from a power wheelchair, this course will provide specific tools to prepare for a formal evaluation.

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 co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, 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/Intermediate

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Positioning for Optimal Access to Assistive Technology

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 joystick. Targeted positional changes may be required to determine or optimize an access method for successful assistive technology use.

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 co-editor of Seating and Wheeled Mobility: a clinical resource guide, 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.

Intermediate

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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.

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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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