ATIA AT Video YouTube Contest Results

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The ATIA AT Video YouTube Contest closed on 8/31/09. There were 29 videos posted in the ATIA Group Contest area with over 95 members joining the group.  The goal of the contest was to Broadcast AT and raise awareness around the world of the power of assistive technology.  With over 20,000 views recorded the contest achieved its goal!  The videos show a broad range of assistive technologies and feature individuals of different ages from toddlers to adults.  Each video tells a story of how an individual with a disability uses assistive technology to communicate, learn, work, play and live independently. 

ATIA congratulates everyone who participated in the contest.  Their inspiring stories are seen and told in the videos.   

 The Contest was based on the number of recorded views for an individual video posted in the ATIA Group Contest area on the YouTube website and other relevant criteria.  

ATIA Grand Prize Winner: 

My Assistive Technology (AT) Success Story video features a homebound individual with multiple disabilities who uses a variety of assistive technology products. Pete explains the numerous ways in which he uses an Environmental Control Unit to control nearly every aspect of his living environment. He demonstrates how he uses voice recognition software to meet his visual disability needs. And he shows how his ability to use a computer was revolutionized by combining Dragon with another voice recognition product and a head mouse emulator.
 
In the video, he also emphasizes that the Massachusetts Rehabilitation Commission, the Massachusetts Office on Disability, and Easter Seals Massachusetts played vital roles in his AT success story. In Pete’s own words, "In many ways assistive technology has given me a new lease on life. It has freed me from my physical limitations and given me a sense of independence that I never dreamed possible. It has improved my life immeasurably and I know that it could do so for many others. This video contest gave me the opportunity to introduce nearly thousands of viewers to the wonders of today's assistive technology and show them that AT products are user-friendly and multifaceted."
 
Pete is taking his experience with video to the next level and is helping other AT users benefit from seeing AT in action.
“Participating in the contest was a great learning experience and it helped to impress upon my fellow MassMATCH Advisory Council members that YouTube can serve as a valuable tool in promoting AT awareness.  MassMATCH is a federally funded program dedicated to promoting awareness about assistive technology in Massachusetts.  Last week, the Council approved my proposal to embed 70 YouTube videos that match our product loan center inventory list . My video description paragraph includes the link to our product inventory web page, so that people will be able to view our comprehensive web site once the videos have been added at the end of October."
 
Since Pete is homebound and unable to use the contest's grand prize trip to Chicago, he requested ATIA donate part of the prize to the Darryl Stingley Independent Living Program. The program is a new assistive technology program in memory of former NFL star Darryl Stingley who became a quadriplegic during a preseason football game in 1978 who used the ECU assistive technology to control his living environment during the final decade of his life. The program would provide ECUs to disabled individuals who are unable to acquire the technology through other means. Upon Pete's request, the ATIA has also agreed to give the complimentary conference registration to his Easter Seals Massachusetts AT specialist.
 

The award is for a complimentary trip to the ATIA 2009 Chicago Conference (October 28-31, 2009) held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center inclusive of registration, hotel and travel expenses (up to $500).  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2KxdCjRlZM

 

 

ATIA Organization Contribution Award:  Connecting the Dots: My Assistive Technology Story video from the Easter Seals Crossroads organization. This video from Easter Seals tells the story of how AT connects the dots for different individuals with disabilities. The theme of the video is “Like I Can” and shows how assistive technology enables individuals with disabilities to perform the same daily tasks as able-bodied or sighted individuals.

The award is for a complimentary registration to the ATIA 2009 Chicago Conference (October 28-31, 2009) held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center or another future ATIA event.  

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vff8thzMWAQ

 

 

 

ATIA International Contribution Award:  Out of the Box - Michael Reed's Story video from the United Kingdom. This video tells the story of Michael Brian Reed, a young man living in the UK, who uses an AAC device to communicate.  Michael Brian Reed is an advocate for facilitating speech and communication amongst people with speech impairments and for including AAC devices in educational settings.  Michael Brian Reed is a founding member of Facilitating Communication Everywhere (FaCE) and a recipient of the Diana Award Channel program - For young people who inspire the lives of others. 

The award is for a complimentary registration to the ATIA 2009 Chicago Conference (October 28-31, 2009) held at the Renaissance Schaumburg Hotel and Convention Center or another future ATIA event.    

http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=michaelbrianreed#play/uploads/28/J2d1euofU5E

 

 

 

ATIA Member Special Interest Groups (SIGs) provided awards for individual videos in specific technology categories: 

 

ATIA Member Augmentative and Alternative Communication SIG Award:   I Love AT video created by two SLP Gurus, Craig & Nicole, featuring how multiple alternative communication strategies are implemented to assist a nonspeaking adult, "Mr. P", with his goal of achieving independence.

The award is for a $400 gift card (MasterCard/Visa).   

http://www.youtube.com/user/SLPGuru

 

 

 

 

ATIA Member Education/Learning SIG Early Childhood Award:  Smalltalk video post by family members featuring Ethan.  Ethan is a 4 year old triplet and has a diagnosis of cerebral palsy, microcephaly, hearing impairment, visual impairment, and other medical factors. However, Ethan refuses to stand by on the sidelines and actively wants to participate in life. Since he has less than 15 intelligible words - his AAC device - allows him to communicate with the world. Ethan utilizes his device in his inclusive preschool classroom and not even the Japanese steakhouse chefs are immune from hearing his latest jokes. “I cannot imagine Ethan without his device and without a way to communicate. We are so lucky to have access and the power of AAC.”

The award is for a $400 gift card (MasterCard/Visa).  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d7WgRVEPW0g

 

 

 

 

ATIA Member Education/Learning SIG Elementary Award:  Jerziah's Technology - using his eyes and mouth video  featuring Jerziah, an eleven year old boy, with  a smile that lights up a room. He loves to tell jokes, play games on the computer, talk about himself, and drive around in his black escalade. But without technology none of this would be possible. Assistive technology has changed his life and empowered him in the most amazing ways. After an accident, Jerziah was left with a winning smile, a strong pair of eyes, and facial movements. However, he lost all controlled movement below his chin and his ability to speak or breathe on his own. Through the use of his eyes and eye blinks, Jerziah’s computer allows him to: independently communicate and interact with others, explore his computer environment, play games, create art, and complete school assignments. Using an infrared switch placed near his mouth Jerziah plays musical instruments on the computer and controls his wheelchair. This brief video clip highlights how assistive technology impacts his world on a daily basis.

The award is for a $400 gift card (MasterCard/Visa).  

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X-kzSWSmpk8

 

 

 

 

ATIA Member Education/Learning SIG Middle School Award:  Just Josh video featuring Josh, a young 6th grader. Josh uses an AAC device to communicate at school, with friends and with family. Josh tells us about his Dad, who is in Iraq, and how he really loves to email him using his AAC device, access software and adaptive keyboard.  Josh likes to race power chairs and wrestle with his Dad and sisters.

The award is for a $400 gift card (MasterCard/Visa).  

http://www.youtube.com/group/atiayoutubecontest#play/user/5MBG7NtXJq_U/2/mJbnZUjKoc8

 

 

 

 

ATIA Member Education/Learning SIG High School Award: Writing to a College Epal - Joey's Story video shows students from an Inclusion Program in Junior High/ High Schools participate in an epal project with college students from Appalachian State University. This video features Joey writing to his epal. Joey is a young man who has the diagnosis of autism. This video demonstrates how Joey has learned to write with the support of an intelligent word predictor program that provides the scaffolding Joey needs to be successful.

The award is for a $400 gift card (MasterCard/Visa).  

http://www.youtube.com/group/atiayoutubecontest#play/user/5MBG7NtXJq_U/26/pqW4mOAOhIg

 

 

 

 

ATIA Member Education/Learning SIG Post-Secondary Award: Anthony's picture montage video shows Anthony, a young man who uses an AAC device to communicate. Anthony has used an AAC device since a very early age. It has enhanced his life tremendously as he has grown up being included with his classmates. He has learned from them and them from him. The video shows scenes from family life, including waking up his brother and being out and about in the community designing an accessible playscape.  

The award is for a $400 gift card (MasterCard/Visa).  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ImFMw9nZ3tE

 

 

 

 

ATIA Member Physical Access/Mobility SIG Award:   My Assistive Technology (AT) Success Story video features Pete, an adult with multiple disabilities who is homebound, but stays in touch and is active in his local community thanks to assistive technology.  Pete shares that ” Participating in the contest was a great learning experience and it helped to impress upon my fellow MassMATCH Advisory Council members that YouTube can serve as a valuable tool in promoting AT awareness.  MassMATCH is a federally funded program dedicated to promoting awareness about assistive technology in Massachusetts.  MassMATCH funds two Assistive Technology Product Loan Centers containing hundreds of AT products.  Last week, the Council approved my proposal to embed 70 YouTube videos that match our product list. 

The award is for a $400 gift card (MasterCard/Visa).  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H2KxdCjRlZM

 

 

 

 

The following videos received Honorable Mentions:

ATIA AT Video YouTube Contest Honorable Mention: Nicholas's Story video – featuring Nicholas, a senior at university majoring in International Studies with minors in Spanish and music recording.  Nicholas uses a Braille note taker and screen reader software in his college activities.  Assistive technology opened a world of opportunities for Nicholas, including a Butler International Studies internship at Eli Lilly and Company.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HmcAOLokJlE

 

ATIA AT Video YouTube Contest Honorable Mention:  Tom's Story video – featuring Tom, who boasts "You can't read the fine print, like I can!" with his magnification devices. A probation officer in his local county for 23 years and still going strong, Tom‘s main job responsibility is to prepare reports for people incarcerated in prison or jail.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KIxxOx82v6o

 

ATIA AT Video YouTube Contest Honorable Mention: The Life Saver video – featuring Suzanna who was born with Profound Hearing Loss and recently became a bilateral cochlear implant wearer. Suzanna is able to compete in the highly competitive world of Arabian Horse Shows with a Personal Fin System. 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tP8TTMI0OkU

 

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