Speech Dude Series - Part 2: Discovering natural giftedness within students and helping them to plug in to their own brilliance. In this presentation, participants will discover ways to understand hidden gifts and talents of students with moderate to severe disabilities. We will provide scenarios and strategies that we use to discover hidden student gifts and talents. Then, we will introduce innovative technology tools that can be used to create, collaborate, and celebrate these gifts. The Freedom Series_ The Flip Side of Disability is Giftedness Handout
Dr. Jennifer Courduff is a Professor in the School of Education at Azusa Pacific University where she develops courses and teaches in the Master of Arts: Learning and Technology program. She is an active member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) and is the Research and Developments Chair of ISTE TEN. Dr. Courduff advocates for the needs of special education teachers in several professional learning communities within ISTE and presents strategies for supporting assistive technology at APU, through ISTE, and with AbleNetU. Her research and presentations focus on technology integration within inclusive learning environments and mobile learning.
Christopher M. Wenger is an ASHA-certified speech-language pathologist. He received a master’s degree in education (with emphasis in mild/moderate disabilities) from Cal State San Bernardino in 2005, and a master’s degree in communicative disorders from Cal State Northridge in 2011. Chris has a strong background in working with individuals with learning disabilities and in program improvements for high school students. Additionally, he holds an AT/AAC certificate from West End Selpa. He has a broad experience in working with technology integration for individuals with special needs.