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.

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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 was the Director of Technical Assistance for the National Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center at CAST where he supported the delivery of universal, targeted and intensive technical assistance and learning opportunities regarding accessible educational materials and accessible technologies within the United States and abroad. Kirk has presented nationally and internationally on Assistive Technology (AT), Web Tools and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for over 25 years. His passion is helping to facilitate excellence in learning for all, whether it is in a classroom, lecture hall or presentation room. His greatest accomplishment was the development and implementation of the “Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)” at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Kirk holds a Master’s degree from Temple University in Education/Special Education, a credential as an Assistive Technology Professional from the Rehabilitation and Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) and a Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from the University College of Dublin, Ireland. He was the former Lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network at Region 4 Education Service Center.

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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 was the Director of Technical Assistance for the National Accessible Educational Materials (AEM) Center at CAST where he supported the delivery of universal, targeted and intensive technical assistance and learning opportunities regarding accessible educational materials and accessible technologies within the United States and abroad. Kirk has presented nationally and internationally on Assistive Technology (AT), Web Tools and Universal Design for Learning (UDL) for over 25 years. His passion is helping to facilitate excellence in learning for all, whether it is in a classroom, lecture hall or presentation room. His greatest accomplishment was the development and implementation of the “Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)” at California State University, Northridge (CSUN). Kirk holds a Master’s degree from Temple University in Education/Special Education, a credential as an Assistive Technology Professional from the Rehabilitation and Engineering Society of North America (RESNA) and a Certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from the University College of Dublin, Ireland. He was the former Lead for the Texas Assistive Technology Network at Region 4 Education Service Center.

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.

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Mounting | Access | ECU

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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.

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UDL | Mind Mapping | Visual

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AT for Common Core College and Career Readiness for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Part 3: Independent Work Skills and Social Skills

In its inception, Special Education was never meant to be separate. It was intended to provide students the supports they need to be as successful as possible. This thought process includes independent work skills and social skills. This workshop will explore what kinds of strategies and supports that AT can afford a student in natural environments related to learning.

Tana Donaghy

Tana Donaghy

Ed. D.

Meet Tana Donaghy, Tana is the President and Founder of Educational Equity For All, and has worked with students with Moderate to Severe and Profound Disabilities for over 18 years. She has been a classroom teacher and Senior Program Specialist. She has trained teachers, paraeducators, administrators and parents across the nation on how to improve instructional practices for this student population. She has a multiple subject general education credential as well as an educational specialist credential. She is currently completing her Ed.D in Education focusing on standards based instruction for students with profound multiple disabilities who are functioning below 24 months. She has served on state organizations developing and training on programming and curriculum and instruction for students with mild to severe disabilities from birth to 22 years of age.

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AT for Common Core College and Career Readiness for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Part 2: Fluency in Reading, Writing and Math

Opportunities for learning academic content is essential for students with significant cognitive disabilities. Functional skills can be taught as part of any academic lesson. This workshop will explore instructional and access strategies for literacy, math and science concepts for students with significant cognitive disabilities.

Tana Donaghy

Tana Donaghy

Ed. D.

Meet Tana Donaghy, Tana is the President and Founder of Educational Equity For All, and has worked with students with Moderate to Severe and Profound Disabilities for over 18 years. She has been a classroom teacher and Senior Program Specialist. She has trained teachers, paraeducators, administrators and parents across the nation on how to improve instructional practices for this student population. She has a multiple subject general education credential as well as an educational specialist credential. She is currently completing her Ed.D in Education focusing on standards based instruction for students with profound multiple disabilities who are functioning below 24 months. She has served on state organizations developing and training on programming and curriculum and instruction for students with mild to severe disabilities from birth to 22 years of age.

Beginner/Intermediate

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AT for Common Core College and Career Readiness for Students with Significant Cognitive Disabilities Part 1: Communication

Communicative Competency is the foundation to instruction. Students with significant disabilities must also be able to achieve all the aspects of communication including exchanging information and ideas, ask and answer questions, and make comments about daily life, the world in which they live and the academic content in their classes. This workshop will explore a variety of communication options for these students.

Tana Donaghy

Tana Donaghy

Ed. D.

Meet Tana Donaghy, Tana is the President and Founder of Educational Equity For All, and has worked with students with Moderate to Severe and Profound Disabilities for over 18 years. She has been a classroom teacher and Senior Program Specialist. She has trained teachers, paraeducators, administrators and parents across the nation on how to improve instructional practices for this student population. She has a multiple subject general education credential as well as an educational specialist credential. She is currently completing her Ed.D in Education focusing on standards based instruction for students with profound multiple disabilities who are functioning below 24 months. She has served on state organizations developing and training on programming and curriculum and instruction for students with mild to severe disabilities from birth to 22 years of age.

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Switch Assessment, Part 1: Determining the Best Switch Type and Location For Clients With Muscle Weakness

This webinar will present assessment strategies to determine the optimal switch location and switch type to provide access for clients with muscle weakness. These clients require a switch placement and type that can capture very limited movement and force. Case studies will be included.

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.

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