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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

Interactive Story Time is for Everyone: The Shared Reading Approach

Date: February 13, 2019 Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Do you have teams or parents who want to have a positive reading experience with their student or child? How do you increase engagement, literacy, and communication skills with students with complex communication needs? This session will cover what Shared Reading is for students with complex needs, a brief overview of the research supporting it, …

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  • Amanda Wallace, Assistive Technology Specialist, High Desert Education Service District
  • Wendy Burkhardt, Assistive Technology Specialist, High Desert Education Service District

Accessing Your World: What’s New in Environmental Control Technologies

Date: February 27, 2019 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

This session will cover various environmental control technologies and how their implementation around the home or workplace can help people with disabilities be more independent in every facet of their lives. Environmental control, smart home technologies and the Internet of Things have been around for quite some time. Until recently the cost of entry was …

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  • Benjamin Jacobs, Accommodations Specialist, Tools for Life/AMAC/Georgia Tech

Using UDL to Adapt Curriculums with LMS in K-12 and Higher Ed

Date: March 12, 2019 Time: 3:30 - 5:00 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

Increasingly online, on-ground and hybrid classrooms in K-12 schools and in colleges and universities make heavy use of Learning Management Systems (LMS). Names like Blackboard, Canvas and Moodle are becoming a part of the fabric of our educational environment. There are many advantages of these systems, but they work best for students with disabilities and …

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  • Adero Allison, Principle Consultant, Transitioning Adults plus
  • Gayl Bowser, Independent Consultant, AT Collaborations

Make & Take: An IT and AT Professional Learning Collaboration

Date: March 27, 2019 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

In the Boston Public Schools, central office departments are working together to provide proactive and personalized professional learning that prepares our teachers to meet the needs of our diverse learners. One example is our Make&Take Series, a project-based approach facilitated by teachers and professionals from the instructional and assistive technology departments. In this webinar, we …

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  • Rhianon Gutierrez, Digital Learning Specialist, Boston Public Schools
  • Mary Marcella, AT Coordinator & Speech-Language Pathologist, Boston Public Schools

Caught Modeling Core

Date: April 2, 2019 Time: 3:30 - 4:30 PM Eastern Time Zone

Overview:

This session aims to inspire Speech-Language Pathologists and other school professionals (i.e., related service personnel, administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals) to take a collaborative approach when treating students with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), through a Positive Behavior Intervention and Strategy (PBIS) program called “Caught Modeling Core”. “Caught Modeling Core” was implemented by two Speech-Language Pathologists, who …

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  • Jessica Gerth, Speech-Language Pathologist, Belleville Area Special Services Cooperative
  • Colleen Krasich, Speech-Language Pathologist, Triad CUSD #2

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

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

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

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



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