QIAT Session 2: Consideration of AT Needs

Consideration of a student’s need for assistive technology (AT) devices and services is required during the development of every Individualized Educational Program (IEP) and every Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) for children with disabilities from birth through transition to post-secondary life. The Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) requires that each team that plans for the education of a child with a disability document any AT devices and/or services the child may need.

Educators report that they continue to struggle with knowing how to implement this requirement. The Consideration Quality Indicators can help teams and agencies to understand and plan how to address AT during an IEP meeting.
This session will use the Consideration indicators and suggest strategies for effective consideration during IEP meetings. We will suggest options to support effective practice, and principles to help districts or building level teams ensure that a student’s need for AT is considered in a meaningful way.

Penny Reed

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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.

Kathy Lalk

Kathy Lalk

MS, BS

Kathy Lalk has a B.S. in Therapeutic Recreation, a M.S. in Educational Technology; and an Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) Certification by RESNA. Kathy works as an assistive technology specialist for a public school district. Her work includes support of students with disabilities, their families and their educational team in the consideration, implementation and evaluation of the use of assistive technology. Kathy is a Recreation Therapist; Lekotek Leader, CompuPlay Leader; Supervisor in Infant/Toddler program; and parent of 3 children.

Beginner/Intermediate

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QIAT Session 1: Overview of QIAT

Since 1998, the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) Community has focused its efforts on defining a set of descriptors that could serve as over-arching guidelines for quality assistive technology (AT) services. QIAT’s purpose is to guide provision of AT services to improve the educational participation & results for students, ensure quality of services, & increase consistency of services and support implementation of IDEA and other legal mandates.

There are basic assumptions that pertain to all areas of QIAT:
1, all AT services developed & delivered by states or districts are legally correct according to the mandates and expectations of federal and state laws and are aligned to district policies.
2, AT efforts, at all stages, involve on-going collaborative work by teams which include families & caregivers, school personnel, & other needed individuals.
3, multidisciplinary team members involved in AT processes are responsible for following the code of ethics for their specific profession.

Joy Smiley Zabala

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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).

Diana Foster Carl

Diana Foster Carl

M.A., L.S.S.P.

Diana Foster Carl, M.A., L.S.S.P., is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology in Texas with more than 30 years’ experience in various capacities in public education. Diana is a former Director of Special Education Services at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas and was lead facilitator of the Texas Assistive Technology Network for twelve years. Currently, Diana contracts with CAST as the Special Projects Coordinator for the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials. Diana’s daughter has cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair for mobility.

Beginner/Intermediate

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Current Trends in Assistive Technology for K-12 Settings

Explore some of the current issues and trends surrounding assistive technology devices and services for public schools and districts. Current technology-related issues are catching the attention of many state and local education agencies with the development of operational guidelines surrounding implementation and development of technology in general. AT tools, devices and services are being interwoven into the fabric of least restrictive environment (LRE) to afford access to the general curriculum and instructional materials for all 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.

Beginner

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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 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

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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 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

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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.

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..

Beginner

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