AzTAP provides customized small and large group trainings on a wide range of AT topics. Formats include face to face presentations, hands-on workshops and webinars.
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LIVE WEBCAST: The Bridge School’s AAC by the Bay 2017 Conference
March 23-25, 2017; Hosted by the IHD Assistive Technology Center, NAU Flagstaff: IHD Conference Room 111, Institute for Human Development, Building 27A (North Campus)
The conference focuses on issues and strategies related to education and communication of users of augmentative and alternative communication and features nationally and internationally known speakers. The conference will be broadcast live here, giving Arizona attendees the ability to participate as a group in real time. Up to 14.75 contact hours will be available. CEUs can be used for ASHA Certification Maintenance.
Southwest Human Development Easter Seals Trainings on Balanced Literacy and AAC: A 4-Part Webinar Series
- AAC and Story Apps: Let’s Get Personal (Part 1); February 9, 2017; 3:30-4:30 pm; Presenter: Deanna K. Wagner, MS/CCC-SLP
- This 2-part webinar will showcase tips and strategies for writing (and reading) stories with students who use AAC, including switch-users.
- Part 1 will highlight and demonstrate Tarheel Reader and Pictello, offering tips for authoring and personalizing stories. We will examine story structure and elements than can support students who are new to AAC as well as those who are more independently able to navigate their systems. Strategies for shared reading of stories will also be offered, with step-by-step instructions for reading Tarheel Reader stories off-line (and out loud) using the Pictello app. AAC apps = TouchChat, Proloquo2Go and LAMP Words for Life.
- Content-Based Phonological Awareness in the Classroom; March 2, 2017: 3:30-4:30 pm; Presenter: Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite, CCC/SLP
For students who struggle with phonological awareness – especially older, fully included students, or nonspeaking students – finding both time and appropriate materials for supporting these skills can be challenging. This webinar will share specific strategies to use content-based materials to engage in interactive, engaging activities to address all areas of phonological awareness. Sample strategies include:
– Letters: Using letter scavenger hunts through curricular materials and creating topical alphabet books;
– Syllables: Highlighting syllables through live and videotaped materials
– Onsets: Creating peer and topical tongue twisters
– Rimes: Rounding up the rimes for materials such as poems and engaging in sound substitution
– Phonemes: Using strategies such as Wordo to listen for initial sounds.
For all strategies the focus will be on:
a) Activities that can be set up quickly
b) Building in repetition with variety
c) Giving students evaluative feedback
d) Developing materials that are engaging, such as use of videos.
This fast-paced webinar will highlight strategies that can be carried out by teachers, therapists, aides, or parents.
- Supporting Text Comprehension &Vocabulary Instruction; March 27, 2017; 3:30-4:30 pm; Presenter: Dr. Caroline Ramsey Musselwhite, CCC/SLP
Many students with significant disabilities – including students with intellectual impairment and/or multiple challenges – struggle with text comprehension, whether they are reading text independently or listening to someone else read the text. One problem can be limited vocabulary development due to factors such as limited experiences and delayed development of independent reading.
This webinar will show multiple strategies to support vocabulary growth, including both indirect and direct teaching. This will include a discussion of Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3 words. Engaging, interactive strategies will be described, such as vocabulary maps, vocabulary password, and word chaining.
Participants will learn ways to adapt each of these strategies for students with significant disabilities, including students who are nonspeaking.
- AAC and Story Apps: Let’s Get Personal (Part 2); April 6, 2017; 3:30-4:30 pm; Presenter: Deanna K. Wagner, MS/CCC-SLP
This 2-part webinar will showcase tips and strategies for writing (and reading) stories with students who use AAC, including switch-users.
Part 2 will explore the idea of using multimedia to author personal/custom books in the GoTalk NOW and Explain Everything apps. We will briefly review text elements and tips for organizing personal photos for those participants who were unable to attend Part 1. Options for sharing stories through social media or other Web 2.0 tools (e.g., Google Drive, Dropbox) will be explored. This session will also address AAC apps TouchChat, Proloquo2Go, TotalTalk AAC and LAMP Words for Life.
To register for the latest of these webinars, as well as for additional information about the presenters, click here.
Information and Communication Accessibility Webcasts
Interested in learning how to make electronic communication accessible? The Association of Assistive Technology Act Programs (ATAP) has and ICT Accessibility Training Portal featuring both live training webinars and archived training webinar videos. Click here to get to get to the webinar page. From there you will be able to get to both the webcasts and to newsletter.
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