Integrating AT for Reading and Writing Difficulties in Entry Level and Service Work Settings

Wednesday, November 9, 2016 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Webinar Type: Archive
Webinar Code: AT16-WEB29-AR
Webinar Fee: $39

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Overview

For persons with impairments that make reading and writing difficult, assistive technology can make a life-changing difference in function. New technologies are increasingly portable and sophisticated and can be used even when traditional computer systems and software are not available. Often technology that works during a clinical assessment may be impractical at the employees job because of the varied demands of the job. Selecting and implementing these solutions in entry level jobs and jobs that require customer interaction requires careful analysis of the context of the job. This webinar will present an approach to selecting and implementing technology and will include several case studies of individuals employed in integrated settings. This webinar will have applications for learning disabilities, other cognitive impairments and low vision.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to identify at least 3 contextual factors of the workplace that influence feasibility when recommending and implementing AT for reading and writing.
  2. Participants will be able to identify and describe possible uses and limitations for 3 assistive devices to accommodate limited ability to read across multiple mediums.
  3. Participants will be able to identify and be able to describe possible uses and limitations for 3 assistive devices to accommodate limited ability to write and spell in situations where traditional software may not be available.

Speakers

John Allen

Lead Assistive Technology Specialist
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
John Allen has been working as an Assistive Technology Specialist for the Commonwealth of Virginia for 17 years with a focus on Vocational Rehabilitation. He holds a Masters of Science in Occupational Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University/Medical College of Virginia. He serves clients with a wide variety of diagnosis. He has extensive experience working with employers and job coaches in making AT work in challenging settings.
Speaker Financial Relationship Disclosure: Yes
Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: Yes

Patricia Burns

Assistive Technology Specialist
Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services
Pat Burns has over 25 years of experience as an occupational therapist and assistive technology specialist for the Virginia Department for Aging and Rehabilitative Services. She was instrumental in developing one of the first Computer Accommodation Labs in the Commonwealth of Virginia in 1989. Her most recent work has primarily been with the use of hand held technologies, youth in transition, computer access and work site accommodations.
Speaker Financial Relationship Disclosure: Yes
Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: Yes

Strand

Rehabilitation/Workplace

Target Audience

AT Professionals, Individuals with Disabilities, OTs

Experience Level

Intermediate

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