COVID-19 Resources

ATIA recognizes that you have questions regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and its implications on the assistive technology community. Below is an ongoing list of free webinars in the ATIA Learning Center and online resources you can use to learn relevant information and insight from your peers.

This series is just one of the ways ATIA is sharing relevant educational content with our community. We’ll continue to update this page as new webinars are added.

COVID-19 Live Course Series

These live courses are presented by your AT community and are free for anyone and everyone. Each course will be recorded for you to access at any time.

Carefully Curating Apps and Software for Young Children-Managing Increased Screen Time
Tuesday, April 7 at 12:00pm CDT/1:00pm EDT
Beth Poss, Speech/Language Pathologist, AT Consultant
Presented by ATIA Member: LessonPix

This presentation will review popular apps and other digital resources using a checklist that outlines what makes an effective app based on research and guidance from respected authorities including the American Pediatric Association, and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).

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Supporting Remote Learning with Microsoft Learning Tools
Thursday, April 9 at 11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT
Rachel Berger, AT Specialist
Presented by ATIA Member: Microsoft

This presentation will showcase Microsoft’s free Learning Tools that can be used to support student engagement and accessibility for users with learning differences.

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Recording Online Content
Thursday, April 9 at 1:00pm CDT/2:00pm EDT
Liam Kelly, Manager of North American Sales, Note Taking Express
Presented by ATIA Member: Note Taking Express

This session explores the inbuilt features of Windows, iPhone, iPad and Macbooks that can capture the screens and audio, along with different ideas for recording content.

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Supporting Students and Employees with Dyslexia at Home
Tuesday, April 14 at 11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT
Chris Hughes, Founder, Present Pal; Laura Vanderberg, Director of the PAL Programme; Kelli Suding, Patins Specialist, Patins Project
Presented by ATIA Member: Present Pal

This course is an informal discussion about strategies and tools that students and employees with dyslexia can use to support themselves while working/studying from home.

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AAC Language Lab Implementation Strategies
Wednesday, April 15 at 11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT
Jane Odom, M.Ed
Presented by ATIA Member: PRC-Saltillo

The AAC Language Lab is now free. This session will dive into how to determine where to start, what is available and how to navigate all the lesson plans, activities and resources.

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Virtual AAC Assessment Program (VAAP)
Thursday, April 16 at 11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT
Clayton Smeltz, CEO Forbes AAC; Kelli Petri, Assistive Technology Specialist
Presented by ATIA Member: Forbes AAC

This presentation will discuss the Forbes Virtual AAC Assessment Program. This virtual alternative to an in-person assessment will best serve the AAC community and keep individuals safe.

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OrCam Read
Thursday, April 16 at 1:00pm CDT/2:00pm EDT
Bryan Wolynski, O.D., F.A.A.O.
Presented by ATIA Member: OrCam Technologies

During this presentation, learn about OrCam Read, a handheld device for people who have reading difficulties, dyslexia and certain levels of low vision. This presentation, conducted by a low vision optometrist, will introduce OrCam Read, explain its functionality and where in practice it can be used.

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Technologies to Support Mental Health
Tuesday, April 21 at 11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT
David Banes, B.Ed M.Ed

This session will introduce some of the technologies that can help people manage their own mental health. Increasingly mobile apps on phones and tablets are helping people cope with stress and anxiety, during the current crisis and the range of options offer support and assistance as and when it is most needed.

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At Home Instruction with Boardmaker Activities-to-Go
Wednesday, April 22 at 11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT
Ashlyn Hudson, M.ED, MOT
Presented by ATIA Member: Tobii Dynavox

In this course, we will explore the ease of using Boardmaker Activities-to-Go, a collection of free, printable, thematic activities that support K-12 students, build world knowledge, and teach functional life skills, to meet the needs of diverse learners.

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Enabling Telespeech Therapy with Avaz Live
Wednesday, April 22 at 1:30pm CDT/2:30pm EDT
Narayanan Ramakrishnan, Chief Executive Officer, Avaz Inc.; Arbaaz Gowher, Sales Account Manager, Avaz Inc.

This presentation will be a demo of how Avaz Live, a feature inbuilt on the Avaz AAC app can enable remote speech therapy between an SLP/SPED teacher and a child.

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Supporting Your Struggling Readers and Writers with Clicker@home
Tuesday, April 28 at 11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT
Neil Andrew, Managing Director, Crick Software, Inc.
Presented by ATIA Member: Crick Software, Inc.

Crick Software is providing free access to Clicker@home for students and teachers. In this webinar, we’ll demonstrate how to quickly get started using Clicker@home to support struggling readers and writers of all abilities.

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Utilizing Free Tools to Support Remote Work and Study
Tuesday, April 28 at 1:30pm CDT/2:30pm EDT
Katherine Hamilton, Content and Community Manager, Sonocent and Glean, MA
Presented by ATIA Member: Sonocent

This talk reviews how you and your students can utilize a whole host of free tools in this new learning environment. We will spotlight tools for communication, productivity, creativity, and ultimately, self-care — all without putting pressure on your budget right now.

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Microsoft Writing Tools for Remote Learning
Thursday, April 30 at 12:00pm CDT/1:00pm EDT
Rachel Berger, Learning Disability AT Specialist, Microsoft; Jason Greives, Senior Program Manager Lead, Windows Accessibility
Presented by ATIA Member: Microsoft

In this 30-minute presentation, Rachel and Jason will cover the following features built into Word and Word Online: Dictation, Word Prediction, Translation, Editor and the ability to customize accessibility features such as color filters, mouse, cursor etc.

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Tools and Strategies for Remote Learning for Students with Disabilities
Thursday, April 30 at 1:00pm CDT/2:00pm EDT
Stacey Atiyeh, MAT
Presented by ATIA Member: n2y

This presentation will review tools and strategies for delivering synchronous and asynchronous learning to meet the needs of your students with n2y.

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Microsoft Reading Tools for Remote Learning
Monday, May 4 at 2:00pm CDT/3:00pm EDT
Rachel Berger, Learning Disability AT Specialist, Microsoft
Presented by ATIA Member: Microsoft

In this 30 minute presentation, Rachel will cover the functions and features accessible in OneNote, Office Lens, Edge Browser, Word and Word Online for your students to easily ear read content during remote learning.

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Captioning Livestreams and Remote Learning Sessions
Tuesday, May 5 at 11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT
Robert Palmquist,CEO, SpeechGear
Presented by ATIA Member: SpeechGear

In this 30 minute session we will show you how to implement a private and secure captioning system for your live streams.

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The Myth of Multitasking: Supporting Students to Manage Tasks with Online Learning
Wednesday, May 6 at 11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT
Katherine Hamilton, Content and Community Manager, Sonocent and Glean, MA; Dr. Sue Wilkinson, Cognitive Psychologist and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
Presented by ATIA Member: Sonocent

This presentation explores the science behind our ability to multitask and how this can be additionally difficult for students with specific learning challenges. We then explore the AT tools and techniques that can be adopted by students to manage multiple tasks

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Expanding the Braille Literacy Technology Toolbox with Mantis and Chameleon from APH
Wednesday, May 6 at 1:00pm CDT/2:00pm EDT
Greg Stilson, Sr. Director Global Innovation, American Printing House for the Blind; Peter Tucic, Brand Ambassador Blindness Products, HumanWare
Presented by ATIA Member: American Printing House for the Blind and HumanWare

In the past, if TVIs and students wanted access to refreshable braille on Quota, they often had to choose one device. That device may have had a particular number of cells, lacked a keyboard, or had features that may or may not have worked for an individual student. This session will explain two new refreshable braille devices from APH, offering choice based on student needs, and providing powerful features to support a student as they learn and grow.

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COVID-19 Communication Supports and Resources
Thursday, May 7 at 11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT
Karen Rodgers, MS CCC-SLP; Amanda Hobar, MS CCC-SLP
Presented by ATIA Member: Tobii Dynavox

Join us as we showcase specific tools to support communication about the COVID-19 virus and the unique circumstances involved. Tools and resources vary and include how to support a communicator with COVID-19 to resources to how to support new circumstances from learning at home.

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Remote Working: Removing Barriers For Neurodiverse Staff
Tuesday, May 12 at 11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT
Tim Lovelace
Presented by ATIA Member: Texthelp

In this 30 minute course, we highlight some of the everyday communication challenges faced by neurodiverse colleagues and how best to overcome these. We introduce you to our powerful productivity tool, Read&Write, that’s already helping millions of people with varying needs – all over the world – to work smarter, more efficiently, and more accurately.

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Supporting Communication in the Home Setting: Language & Literacy
Wednesday, May 13 at 11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT
Lisa Geary, M.S., CCC-SLP
Presented by ATIA Member: Tobii Dynavox

In this session, we will explore language and literacy strategies, tools, and resources that can be used in the home setting. This training will focus on supporting communication and literacy using a core vocabulary approach and will cover specific ideas for targeting core words through functional, motivating activities.

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Developing Braille Literacy and Technology Skills with Refreshable Braille Technology
Wednesday, May 13 at 1:30pm CDT/2:30pm EDT
Peter Tucic, Brand Ambassador Blindness Products, HumanWare; Greg Stilson, Senior Director of Global Innovations, American Printing House for the Blind
Presented by ATIA Members: HumanWare and American Printing House for the Blind

In this session, we will explore language and literacy strategies, tools, and resources that can be used in the home setting. This training will focus on supporting communication and literacy using a core vocabulary approach and will cover specific ideas for targeting core words through functional, motivating activities.

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Innovative Approaches to Providing AT Services During COVID-19
Thursday, May 14 at 11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT
Therese Willkomm

Explore innovative ways to provide remote assistive technology devices and services to individuals with disabilities. This course will discuss and demonstrate at least 10 different ways of providing virtual services including hands-free tablet and phone holders; services for blind and low vision; hands-on Virtual Makers Workshops and more.

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Bookshare and EasyReader, The Solution That Will Keep Your Students/Children Reading During The Extended Break
Thursday, May 14 at 1:00pm CDT/2:00pm EDT
Lara Rondberg, Bookshare; MJ Barry, Dolphin
Presented by ATIA Members: Dolphin and Bookshare

Dolphin and Bookshare are excited to share how you can seamlessly deliver free Bookshare books straight to your students’ devices. You will learn how to get Dolphin’s FREE iOS and Android App, EasyReader, how to load and disseminate books from Bookshare, how to set preferences for students with learning disabilities and visual impairments, and more. We’ll even provide a “cheat-sheet” to help you walk through the set up after the webinar.

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Grow Traffic & Boost Brand Reputation by Improving Website Accessibility
Tuesday, May 19 at 11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT
Tim Lovelace, Texthelp
Presented by ATIA Member: Texthelp

In this webinar, we’ll look at the case for building accessible and inclusive websites and advice for how to do it.

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Using a Connected CCTV with Your Students at Home
Wednesday, May 20 at 11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT

Nathalie Rheaume, Product Manager – Low Vision, Humanware; Eric Beauchamp, Director of Product Management, Humanware
Presented by ATIA Member: HumanWare

In this session, you will learn how to use a connected CCTV to help your student from a remote location. You will learn how to use different APPS as well as the front camera of the CCTV to stay in contact with the student. The student will be able to work on his or her documents and share it with his or her tutor in real-time.

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Building Literacy Skills at Home C-Pen ReaderPen + Chromebook = Distance Learning Success
Thursday, May 21 at 11:00am CDT/12:00pm EDT
Judy Sackville, Assistive Technology Lead, Halton District School Board; Jodi Szuter
Director of Strategy, Scanning Pens, Inc.
Presented by ATIA Member: Scanning Pens, Inc.

Although we live in a digital world, print based-text exists both at home and in the classroom which can prove challenging for our struggling readers. The C-Pen ReaderPen is both a portable and simple digital tool that makes curriculum accessible for students while requiring No Wifi connection. Scanning Pens are one of the key digital tools in the toolbox at Halton District School Board. In this current remote learning environment the ReaderPen is a perfect mid-tech solution enabling support for reading print-based text at home. Seamless integration with Chromebooks further enhances student success to build a truly differentiated approach. Come discover how this tool builds independence, confidence and empowers learning.

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Creative Ways to Support AAC Online and At Home
Thursday, May 21 at 3:00pm CDT/4:00pm EDT

Amanda Hartmann, Speech Pathologist, AssistiveWare
Presented by ATIA Member: AssistiveWare

Join this course to look at creative ways to keep the AAC train going. Now more than ever, families need our support.
We will look at supporting families by building communities, sharing resources and information in different ways and different formats, and giving real ideas and solutions to the problems they face. And let’s discuss 10 different fun ideas you can use during your next online therapy or educational session!

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