Webinar Directory

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Upcoming Webinars

Designing Engaging and Empowering Experiences to Teach Core Vocabulary

Date: February 11, 2020 Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Learning language with the use of an AAC device need not be a chore. Educators can use myriad tools to design educational experiences to demonstrate the meaning and use of vocabulary in ways which empower students to use that vocabulary for a variety of communicative functions. Discover numerous low cost, highly tempting tools and strategies …

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  • Christopher Bugaj, Assistive Technology Specialist / Speech Language Pathologist, N/A
  • Rachel Madel, Speech Language Pathologist, Rachel Madel

Selecting Vocabulary Targets for Complex Communicators

Date: February 25, 2020 Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

For children with complex communication needs, being strategic about selecting appropriate vocabulary targets is essential. A set of 300-400 words compromise 75-80% of the words we use in English. These words are vital to teaching children with limited language. By the end of this webinar, participants will be able to differentiate between “core words” and …

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  • Christopher Bugaj, Assistive Technology Specialist / Speech Language Pathologist, N/A
  • Rachel Madel, Speech Language Pathologist, Rachel Madel

Chrome Based Tools to Support Executive Functioning

Date: March 10, 2020 Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Executive Functioning is a large category that covers working memory, inhibitory control, and cognitive flexibility. Deficits in any area of Executive Functioning cause difficulties with learning, engagement, and behavior. With the increase in readily available technology, tools are at our fingertips to support each of these areas. Participants will review the areas of executive functioning …

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  • Cassie Frost, Assistive Technology Specialist



Past Webinars

A Capacity-Building Approach to Assistive Technology Services

Date: November 21, 2019 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Why are our AT models built in the ways they are? In what ways have our systems of AT service provision kept us from moving forward with 21st century improvements? As they ask questions like these, AT teams throughout the country are taking a new look at the design of their assistive technology (AT) services. …

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  • Gayl Bowser, Independent Consultant, AT Collabortions

At the Core: From Universal Communication Supports to Powerful Communication Strategies that Support Learning

Date: November 7, 2019 Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

What if you provided a universal set of powerful words allowing complex communicators to get started in a communicatively expectant classroom environment? A foundation for communication; listening, speaking, reading and writing, unfolds. You then strategically build in language versatility and complexity. Communicators engage in daily routines and instructional activities using language to interact and learn. …

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  • Marlene Cummings, AAC Consultant, MRC Communications

Quality Indicators for AT Services for Students Under Section 504

Date: October 3, 2019 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

In this session we will present a new set of quality indicators about assistive technology services for students served under the requirements of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act (Section 504) in K-12 settings. Derived from the work of the QIAT consortium and from QIAT-PS, the Section 504 Quality Indicators address, Awareness of Reasonable 504 …

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  • Gayl Bowser, Independent Consultant
  • Aaron Marsters, Assistive Technology Specialist, Department of Defense DEA

Avoiding Presumptions: The Pitfalls of “Presuming Competence”

Date: September 17, 2019 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

The ideology of “presuming competence” has become a buzzword and is increasingly incorporated into practice within the field of AAC, despite its pseudoscientific origins and lack of supporting evidence. This webinar will discuss the benefits of recognizing the potential of all communicators, while maintaining an individualized lens for current abilities and future needs. In other …

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  • Katie O'Neil, Speech-Language Pathologist, Boston Children's Hospital Augmentative Communication Program
  • Rebecca McCarthy, Speech-Language Pathologist, Boston Children's Hospital Augmentative Communication Program

Chrome & Literacy: Part 2 Writing

Date: June 5, 2019 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Literacy is a human right and all our students deserve to learn to read and write. With technology more infused in the classroom than ever before, we have even greater opportunities to match the features of our Chrome based tools to the needs of every student. During the second webinar of a two part series, …

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  • Mike Marotta, AT Specialist; President, Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC
  • Kelly Fonner, AT & Educational Consultant, Fonner Consulting

Chrome & Literacy: Part 1 Reading

Date: May 23, 2019 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Literacy is a human right and all our students deserve to learn to read and write. With technology more infused in the classroom than ever before, we have even greater opportunities to match the features of our Chrome based tools to the needs of every student. During the first webinar of a two part series, …

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  • Mike Marotta, AT Specialist; President, Inclusive Technology Solutions, LLC
  • Kelly Fonner, AT & Educational Consultant, Fonner Consulting

Technology Supports for Engaging Students with UDL

Date: May 14, 2019 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Are your students engaged in the learning activities in your classroom? What does it mean to be engaged? How can you get students interested? How can you encourage them to sustain that interest? In this webinar, we will briefly review the first UDL principle, “provide multiple means of engagement,” in today’s diverse classrooms. We will …

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  • Lynda Hartman, Educator/Consultant, Northern Suburban Special Education District
  • Mary Coletto, Instructional/AAC Coach, Northern Suburban Special Education District

45 Immersive AAC Classroom’s Effect on Vocabulary and AAC Use

Date: May 9, 2019 Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Research supports using AAC with nonverbal individuals with ASD but discrepancies persist between the language modality of AAC users and the primary language models of their language-learning environment. We investigated the impact of an immersive, speech-generating classroom on language acquisition rates of school-age children with ASD compared to traditional treatment.

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  • Lindsey Paden Cargill, Director of Therapy Services; Speech-Language Pathologist, Bridgeway Academy
  • Samantha Lyle, Speech Department Supervisor, Bridgeway Academy

You Should See What They’re Saying: More AAC Talking with Data Logging

Date: April 16, 2019 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

It’s daunting to get everyone not just trained, but really using AAC systems to model and teach language. Many devices have built-in data logging, so it is easier than ever to see what is being said on speech generating devices to monitor progress, tweak goals and determine staff training needs. How do you use that …

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  • Beth Waite-Lafever, AAC Specialist, Breakout Engineering, Inc

Effective AT Implementation: A Coaching Inspired Model

Date: April 11, 2019 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Today’s students are a group of digital natives; they are competent users of technology and often adapt to new technologies quickly. By shifting our traditional model of AT implementation, focusing largely on teaching students how to use a tool, to an updated model that begins with “how” but focuses largely on “why” and “when” to …

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  • Erin Nelson, Assistive Technology Strategist, Edina Public Schools

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