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Upcoming Webinars

Assistive Technology Leadership – Implementing Change Strategies

Date: October 2, 2018 Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Leadership is critical in promoting the development of quality, sustained assistive technology services. Leaders play a foundational role in establishing a vision, engaging others, developing collaborative plans, and implementing the innovations to effectively change practice. To reach our goal of sustained implementation in the provision of quality services in AT, we need to know what …

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  • Joan Breslin Larson, Breslin Larson & Associates
  • Diana Carl

Engineering AAC into the Modern Home

Date: October 9, 2018 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Communication happens everywhere. Within a home, people communicate with one another for essentially all possible functions – requesting, commenting, arguing, joking, and more! Communication enables individuals to meet functional needs, achieve independence, and attain social connections. AAC users require unique support in order to reach an equal level of communication success. This presentation will focus …

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  • Elena Fader, NEAT, an Oak Hill Center

Say What?!? AAC Assessment and Intervention for Children Who Speak

Date: October 11, 2018 Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Speech comprehensibility, how well a child’s speech is understood by a communication partner in a natural context, can be influenced by a number of factors. Children who are poorly understood by some partners or in some contexts may benefit from AAC. Assessment and intervention in this population will be discussed.

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  • Jill Senner, Owner/Director, Technology & Language Center, Inc.
  • Matthew Baud, AT Coordinator/SLP, Niles Township District for Special Education

Making the Transition from Writing to Typing: Tools for the Student

Date: October 18, 2018 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

With the advancements in mobile technology, typing is increasingly becoming a common AT solution for many students with writing difficulties. In this webinar we will discuss relevant solutions for typing in the classroom environment, including which kind of tablet or computer to use and appropriate apps and programs that are available on the market. Using …

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  • Dana Cappel, Occupational Therapist, Beit Issie Shapiro

Guidelines for Giving an Accessible and Interesting Power Point Presentation

Date: November 13, 2018 Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Professionals in At and visual impairments often share knowledge and information about technology with individuals with disabilities, family members and professionals. Presenters use PowerPoint to organize and display their content. Often presenters are unaware that content will not be accessible to all audience members. Careful development of the presentation can ensure that it will be …

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  • Ike Presley, National Project Manager, American Foundation for the Blind

Engineering Core Vocabulary into Your Classroom: The Where, the What, and the How!

Date: November 15, 2018 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

“Core vocabulary” is a buzz phrase that has emerged and exploded within the field of augmentative and alternative communication in recent years. Professionals are beginning to understand core vocabulary as it is defined, but the implementation process of such words continues to be a widespread challenge. Using case studies, product demonstrations, and a systematic lesson …

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  • Elena Fader, SLP/AAC Specialist, NEAT, an Oak Hill Center

Building Capacity in AT/AAC Service Delivery: Questions, Strategies, & Solutions

Date: December 5, 2018 Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Join us to explore the difference between traditional expert models and newer building capacity models which include coaching and mentoring. Building capacity includes providing information to local staff and families in multiple formats in order to increase shared knowledge and deepen acceptance and understanding of student needs and solutions. This session will also help participants …

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  • Robin Pegg, Instructional/Assistive Technology Consultant, Eaton RESA
  • Marlene Cummings, Augmentative and Alternative Communication Consultant, MRC Communications

Exciting New Opportunities for Independence: Generic, “Smart Home” Technology

Date: January 16, 2019 Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

An explosion of new IoT devices promise to make it possible for individuals with disabilities to have greater control over their own lives. While some of these devices are customized, many others are “generic”, which means that they can be purchased “off-the-shelf”. This often makes them more affordable and easier-to-use. Generic “smart home” devices can …

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  • Susan Tachau, Chief Executive Officer, Pennsylvania Assistive Technology Foundation
  • Kirby Smith, President, SunKirb Ideas



Past Webinars

Use Your Head – Hands-Free Solutions in a Two Handed World

Date: September 12, 2018 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Thousands of individuals experience significant disabilities resulting in inability to use their hands and could benefit from hands-free solutions for eating, drinking, typing, working, playing, communicating and environmental access. This 60 minute webinar will discuss and demonstrate over 20 amazing hands free solutions that can be created in minutes for individuals who can simply use …

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  • Therese Willkomm, Clinical Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire

School Technology: Moving Beyond Assistive

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

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 …

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  • Carol Michels, Northern Suburban Special Education District (NSSED)

Low Tech to High Tech, Empower Your Students To Write!

Date: August 23, 2018 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

The ability to write and express oneself is a necessity in a school environment and a lifelong skill. Each year many students become disengaged with the writing process due to multiple factors. This session will present a continuum of tools to support writing, along with methods to empower and encourage students to write. This fast-paced …

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  • Katherine Sween, Occupational Therapist Registered/Licensed, Janesville School District
  • Debra Krausse, Occupational Therapist Registered, Janesville School District

New Low Cost Assistive Technology Solutions for Vision Impairments

Date: June 13, 2018 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

This 60 minute webinar will discuss and demonstrate how to make 10 different low-cost assistive technology solutions that can be created to support individuals who experience vision impairments. This includes: one minute scan and read stations; creating A dot maker for QR codes; making tactile graphics overlays on the fly for children books; creating page …

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  • Therese Willkomm, Clinical Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire

Identifying everyday apps and determining usability for students with Traumatic Brain Injury

Date: June 7, 2018 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

The CDC estimates 1.7 million people sustain a Traumatic Brain Injury annually, many of these are older adolescents 15-19 who are already in college or will quickly be in college. Through Project Career everyday apps are being used to assist college students with TBI reach their goals of graduating and finding employment. With more than …

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  • Elaine Sampson, Technology and Employment Coordinator, Project Career

Necessary Components of Successful AAC, Part 2: Intervention

Date: June 5, 2018 Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Teaching students how to use language using an augmentative/alternative communication device can be a difficult task. It takes a consistent, collaborative effort to successfully implement a functional language system. In this webinar explores strategies for teaching even the youngest students language by engineering environments so all communicators have opportunities for rich, meaningful practice of language …

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  • Christopher Bugaj, Specialized Instructional Facilitator - Assistive Technology, 1974

Home Support for Individuals with Autism

Date: May 24, 2018 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Young adults and adults with autism who are either living at home or in a group home, require adaptations to their environment that are necessary for them to be able to access and live safely in their home setting. I will explain the process of starting from scratch and addressing sensory, behavioral and communication needs …

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  • Mo Buti, Owner/CEO, AiepA: Advocate and Instructional Expert for People with Autism

AAC – New Low-cost and Innovative ways for Communicating

Date: May 23, 2018 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

This 60 minute webinar will discuss and demonstrate how to make 10 new AAC access solutions including: five minute do yourself key guards; non-conductive minutes; stylus adaptations; five minute EyE Gaze boards and hands-free eye gaze mounts; mounting communication devices in a van, a car, or a wheelchair; creating height adjustable mobile mounting solutions for …

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  • Therese Willkomm, Clinical Associate Professor, University of New Hampshire

Necessary Components of Successful AAC, Part 1: Consideration

Date: May 16, 2018 Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

If a student is not successfully using verbal speech as her or his primary form of expression by the age of 3, the educators working with that student should be considering augmentative/alternative communication. But what are those considerations? What principles should everyone involved be using when making decisions about what technology to select for implementation? …

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  • Christopher Bugaj, Specialized Instructional Facilitator - Assistive Technology

Rethinking AT Consideration and Assessment from a Coaching Perspective in K-12

Date: April 26, 2018 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Individualized Education Program teams have the responsibility of considering technology necessary to ensure a free appropriate public education. When unsure of what to put in place, teams often enlist assistance by requesting an AT Evaluation. Although this might help the student, this process does not necessarily help the individuals on the team learn more about …

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  • Christopher Bugaj, Specialized Instructional Facilitator - Assistive Technology

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