School Technology: Moving Beyond Assistive

Tuesday, August 28, 2018 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Webinar Type: Live Broadcast
Webinar Code: AT18-WEB20-LB
Webinar Fee: $39

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Overview

Assistive technology departments face the need to redesign services and roles to remain effective in school settings. Restructuring assistive technology departments/services to meet the needs of current school environments requires understanding change forces impacting public education and how those forces impact individual departments/services, such as assistive technology. This presentation reviews current research around assistive technology program redesign. It discusses the roles research has identified for assistive technology departments in schools and depicts specific change forces impacting public education and assistive technology departments/services that are predicating this change. Research results are detailed through discussion and direct experience restructuring and redesigning the assistive technology department in a special education cooperative.

Learning Objectives

  1. Participants will be able to explain how three current public education initiatives/change forces are impacting the role of assistive technology departments and services within school settings.
  2. Participants will be able to identify three larger external change forces impacting the role of assistive technology departments within public education.
  3. Participants will be able to identify and define three roles that research has identified for assistive technology departments and practitioners in public education settings.

Speaker

Carol Michels

Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED)
Carol M. Michels, Ed.D., MS, OTR/L coordinates the Integrated Technology Services, the Occupational and Physical Therapy Services, and the Adapted Physical Education Services at Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED), a Special Education School Cooperative serving 18 member districts in Illinois. She has practiced in clinics and schools as an occupational therapist and an assistive technology staff member prior to her administrative role. Carol has completed her Doctorate in Educational Leadership with a dissertation focus on researching and redesigning the assistive technology services and department structure within school settings to meet the evolving needs and change forces impacting both public education and assistive technology. She has presented findings at technology and therapy conferences and provides professional development for occupational therapists and educational staff.
Speaker Financial Relationship Disclosure: No
Speaker Non-Financial Relationship Disclosure: No

Strand

Leadership - including Policy, Implementation, and Professional Development

Target Audience

AT Professionals

Experience Level

All

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