Conference Program 2018-07-05T10:27:12+00:00

Conference LogoEVIDENCE FOR SUCCESS – Combined Disability Conference

July 8–10, 2018; We-Ko-Pa Resort and Conference Center, Scottsdale



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We are honored that Bernadine Burnette, President of the Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation will deliver special welcoming remarks and lead the Native American Prayer Ceremony on Sunday and Monday mornings!




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Time Event
8:00 am – 9:00 am Registration for Workshops A, B & C
8:00 am – 4:45 pm AIVRTTAC Sunday Program
9:00 am – 4:00 pm Preconference Workshops A, B & C (Breakfast & Lunch Included)
12:30 pm – 1:00 pm Registration for Workshop D (Nuts & Bolts of Autism)
1:00 pm – 5:00 pm Workshop D (Nuts & Bolts of Autism) Session Cancelled
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm Exhibitor Setup
Time Event
7:45 am – 8:45 am Registration & Breakfast
8:45 am – 10:15 Welcome Remarks & Keynote Presentation
10:15 am – 10:45 am Break & Exhibit Hall
10:45 – 12:00pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions
12:00 pm – 1:00pm LUNCH & EXHIBIT HALL
1:00 pm – 2:15pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions
1:30 pm – 6:30 pm Exhibit Hall Open to the Community
2:30 pm – 3:45 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions
4:00 pm – 5:15 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions
5:15 pm – 6:30 pm Networking Reception; AT “Mini-Maker” DIY Event
Time Event
7:00 am – 8:00 am Registration and Breakfast; Exhibit Hall
8:00 am – 9:15 am Concurrent Breakout Sessions
9:30 am -10:45 am Concurrent Breakout Sessions
10:45 am -11:15 am Break & Exhibit Hall
11:00 am -11:15 am Concurrent Breakout Sessions
11:15 am -12:30 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm LUNCH & EXHIBIT HALL
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm Concurrent Breakout Sessions
3:15 pm – 4:30 pm Closing Session & Door Prize Drawings


Unless otherwise noted, preconference workshops on Sunday, July 8th run from 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.  Advance registration required

“Oh EYE Understand It Now!” Visual Supports for Those with Autism and Other Disabilities (Mo Buti) – Visual Supports is an Evidenced-Based Practice for students with Autism. Visual Supports can be anything that the eye can see. Auditory information is fleeting; it is there and then it is gone. Visual information stays there long enough to process, take as long as you need to process, get reminders and/or go back and get additional details. By utilizing this strategy you will see more “Oh I understand it now” from your students. Visual supports can include pictures, objects, sign language, color coding, gestures or text. They can come in a variety of forms. During this workshop, multiple sites and apps (free or inexpensive) will be shared to discover where to create or locate visual supports to utilize for academics, behavior, social skills, communication and more! There will be demonstrations of utilization of visuals throughout the school day. Real life examples will be shared. Don’t miss this fun packed session!

Less Struggle, More Success: AT Solutions for the 1 in 5 Students with Learning and Attention Challenges (Shelley Haven) – An estimated 1 in 5 students have learning and attention issues: brain-based difficulties with reading, writing, math, organization, focus, listening comprehension, and/or motor skills. However, only about one third of these students are formally identified with Specific Learning Disabilities or attention issues and receive accommodations or services (IEPs, 504 Plans). The others often struggle, may be mislabeled (lazy, unmotivated), and may develop secondary issues as a result (anxiety, depression, social problems, resistance to school). This workshop will address the technologies and associated strategies to help the “1 in 5” population perform closer to their potential, regardless of whether or not they have been formally identified. Starting with her own unique approach to Universal Design for Learning (UDL), Assistive Technology Consultant Shelley Haven will show education professionals how to build effective AT solutions into the curricula for students with specific learning disabilities, attention deficits, and executive function challenges. Through lecture, demonstrations, and some light hands-on activities, attendees will learn how various technology features (capabilities) address a wide range of academic functional limitations, and why effective AT solutions comprise not just tools, but also proper selection, training, application strategies, evaluating effectiveness, planning, and provision of accessible materials. This workshop will focus on tools and strategies for students in grades 3 through college (those “reading to learn” vs. “learning to read”).

Beyond 90/90/90: Developing & Using Seating & Mobility Systems to Support Task Engagement and Functional Use of AT Systems for Students with the Most Complex Bodies (Karen Kangas) – Access remains the number one “problem” for many of the children we serve, especially those who have increased or fluctuating or unpredictable or extremely low tone and are seated in wheelchairs. Sensory processing directly affects visual convergence, focus, attention, and postural control. To assist these children in wheelchairs in developing and using “access” to AT devices, we must also better understand how their bodies work functionally, (rather than pathologically) and what different seating equipment is needed. Throughout the workshop, Karen will share strategies and equipment which work and which provide children opportunities to use their sensory processing so that increased, consistent access to AT can be supported and become efficient.

The Nuts and Bolts of Diagnosing Autism in Arizona (Sydney Rice & Catherine Riley) –CANCELLED This workshop is targeted to diagnosing providers (physicians, nurse practitioners) and others interested in the (a) evaluation of autism, tools and assessments used during diagnosis, (b) other diagnoses that may be comorbid with autism or are a differential, and (c) the process for obtaining services through the state.  CMEs provided for physicians. Learn more about the agenda – read and share the flyer.  This workshop runs from 1:00 – 5:00 pm and is targeted to physicians and nurse practitioners, but other professionals may also register. 


Arielle Silverman, Ph.D., is a consultant working to promote a fuller understanding of the disability experience. Her trainings are designed to help service providers shed misconceptions and build comfort interacting with people who have a variety of disabilities. Arielle received her doctorate in social psychology from the University of Colorado Boulder in 2014, where she studied disability culture and public attitudes toward people with disabilities. She is also blind since birth and has worked as an advocate and mentor for others who are blind. Her trainings reflect both her professional and personal experiences with disability. She grew up in Arizona, but now resides in the metro DC area.




Snoopi Botten is a writer and musician born with cerebral palsy, has never let anything stop him. His favorite line is, “If you can’t do it one way, you can always do it another.” At the age of 8, when everyone insisted that he was too young to learn to type, he fought for the right to take a typing class that was only for ages 12 and up. By age 9, he was recognized as the youngest person in the world to do art using a typewriter. At age 12, he made front page news for teaching others how to use a computer terminal. By age 16, his first book of poetry was published. He also started writing for a monthly newsletter and still writes today.  At age 18 he didn’t want to graduate because special education taught him less than half of what regular kids were learning. So taking the hard road, he dropped out of school, studied, and passed his G.E.D. In his adult life, Snoopi is self taught. His priority is music as he programs communication devices to sing.



 Mo Buti has more than 27 years of experience and is a practiced professional in the field of special education providing services and support to those with disabilities and their families. She served as Director of Program Development for Neumann Family Services. Prior to Neumann, she was the Director of Autism and Intellectual Disabilities at Chicago Public Schools. Mo’s additional experience includes special education teacher and autism itinerant. Mo Buti possesses an M.Ed.-BD, M.Ed.-ADMIN, QIDP certification, Director of Special Education degree/certificate from Illinois and Type 75 Administrator certification. Mo is a dynamic, international speaker and well-respected authority on autism, intellectual disabilities, adult services, behavior, etc.


 Shelley Haven is a certified Assistive Technology Professional (ATP) and Rehabilitation Engineering Technologist (RET) who specializes in matching students with technology appropriate to their needs.  Her consulting business, Technology to Unlock Potential, serves families, educators, and schools both online and in person with a focus on learning differences, ADHD, and executive functioning.  During her 30+ years in AT, Shelley previously directed assistive technology for Stanford University’s Office of Accessible Education and helped create the Schwab Learning Center at Stanford for students with learning differences and ADHD. She also coordinates the Technology Pavilion for the annual EdRev Expo in San Francisco.


Karen KangasKaren Kangas, OTR/L & ATP is a nationally certified and state licensed Occupational Therapist, Seating and Positioning Specialist, Assistive Technology Specialist, Clinical Educator and Consultant. She has worked as an OT since 1973 in many and varied settings, including the school system, group homes, early intervention programs, integrated day care, home health, rehabilitation centers, residential facilities and long-term care facilities. In 1985, she was invited to develop programs to support inclusion and increased independence through the use of seating and access with assistive technology through the PA Board of Education, Bureau of Special Education and then, subsequently, in 1990, at Pennsylvania State University’s University Hospital Rehabilitation Center. She has been actively teaching since 1985 on Seating and Positioning; Alternative Access and Powered Mobility Assessments.


Catherine Anderson, Ph.D., CRC received her doctorate in Rehabilitation Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a researcher and project director in the Department of Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education (RPSE) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, having recently transitioned from serving as the Executive Director of the University of Wisconsin-Stout Vocational Rehabilitation Institute (SVRI) since 2014. Dr. Anderson has been working in the field of rehabilitation counseling as a practitioner, policy maker, administrator, and researcher for over 15 years. She is experienced in applying Community-Based Participatory Research (CBPR) methodology and Knowledge Translation (KT) strategies to establish meaningful relationships between university researchers and rehabilitation professionals in order to better understand and address relevant issues in the field.

She is also serving as one of three program evaluation consultants for the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Training and Technical Assistance Center (AIVRTTAC) at the Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona. The AIVRTTAC provides training and technical assistance to 88 American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation services programs for tribal members with disabilities who reside on or near federal and state reservations.


Dr. Rob Corso is the Executive Director of the Pyramid Model Consortium. Previously, he served as the Project Coordinator of the Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (CSEFEL). Additionally, he was on the leadership team for the National Center on Quality Teaching and Learning (NCQTL) and served as the Principal Investigator for the Head Start Disability Services Quality Improvement Center (DSQIC) in Region V. Dr. Corso served as an administrator for early intervention, Head Start and child care programs.

Beth KeetonBeth Keeton, MS is the Executive Director, Griffin-Hammis Associates. For the last 20 years, Beth has provided extensive training and technical assistance to individuals and agencies on systems change, customized employment, self-employment, systematic instruction, and benefits analysis. Her work includes the development and implementation of statewide self-employment provider certification programs in Texas and Florida as well as the development of online benefits training programs promoting financial self-sufficiency through employment and work incentive utilization. Beth served as a national Subject Matter Expert for the WIOA-mandated Congressional Advisory Committee for Increasing Competitive Integrated Employment for Individuals with Disabilities, and she works with states throughout the country to develop systems and supports that enhance competitive integrated employment opportunities for all citizens with disabilities. Beth co-wrote Navigating Government Benefits & Employment: A Guidebook for Veterans with Disabilities, and is a co-author of the recently revised Making Self-Employment Work for People with Disabilities. She earned her Master’s Degree from the University of Oregon in 1996 and became a Certified Benefits Planner through Cornell University in 2007.

Chelie Nelson, Ph.D. is an early childhood technical assistance provider with the Kansas Multi-tiered System of Support (MTSS) Project. She has worked as a school-based speech-language pathologist, an early childhood special education teacher, an assistant professor of early childhood, an assistant director of special education and an early childhood technical assistance specialist. Chelie received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Ph.D. in Special Education. She has an extensive background in childhood language and emergent literacy development, collaboration, naturalistic and inclusive service delivery models, adapting early childhood curriculum, embedding intervention, and coaching/consultation.



  • Jerolyn Allen
  • Jim Bennett
  • Bill Binko
  • Mo Buti
  • Melanie Conatser
  • Doug Cutler
  • Brenda Del Monte
  • Alycia Dotseth-Hall
  • Judith Esbit
  • Janet Estervig
  • Michelle Fahy
  • Paul Ferry
  • Christine Flanigan
  • Fukuda Fukuda
  • Mitch Galbraith
  • Robin Gellman
  • David Grant
  • Laura Hamelink
  • Shelley Haven
  • Raymond Heipp
  • Krista Howard
  • Keith Jackson
  • Jeanmarie Jacoby
  • Caitlin Johnson
  • Chris Johnson
  • Karen Kangas
  • Thomas Kaufmann
  • Sean Kugler
  • Jeremy Legaspi
  • Sue LeHew
  • Julie Lukert
  • Carrie McCormick
  • Michele Michaels
  • Brian Mikelson
  • Jessica Montoya
  • Gina Norris
  • Jane Odom
  • Laura Plummer
  • Beth Poss
  • Sheri Predibon
  • Matthew Press
  • Nathan Pullen
  • Dennis Quon
  • Kristi Roher
  • Jill Sclease
  • Arielle Silverman
  • Candice Steel
  • Jeannette Van Houten

NOTE: The AT-related breakout sessions are organized by primary strand. Many sessions may be applicable to more than one strand. Conference attendees can go to any session regardless of the track they registered for!


  • AAC Implementation – Parent Buy-In (Del Monte, Roher, Gellman & Montoya)
  • ACES West: Augmentative Communication and Empowerment Supports (Steel & Odom)
  • Complicated Sensory Systems Accessing AAC – A Data Driven Approach (Conaster, Del Monte & Norris)
  • Creating a Comprehensive Communication Classroom – Part 1 (Odom, Jacoby & Predebon)
  • Creating a Comprehensive Communication Classroom – Part 2 [Make and Take] (Odom, Jacoby & Predebon)
  • High Tech SGDs and IFTT( If This Then That): We Can Control Anything! (Binko & Legaspi)
  • Movement, Motivation and Mastery of AAC: A Co-Treat Approach (Del Monte & Conaster)
  • Ready, Set, Let’s Mount Assistive Technology (McCormick)
  • Self-Advocacy with AAC users and more! (Howard)
  • Switch Wars: Building a Galaxy of Competent Switch Scanners (Allen & Legaspi
  • Unlock, Implement, Succeed! You may already have the Key! (Jacoby & Steel)

K-12 Education

  • Show Your Work: Digital Grid Paper, Equation Editors, Graphing Apps, and Other Tools to Write and Draw Math (Haven)
  • Thoughtful Assistive Technology Implementation (Flanigan & Dotseth-Hall)
  • A Thoughtful Assistive Technology Process (Flanigan & Dotseth-Hall)
  • As Easy as ABC and 123 and FREE! (Buti & Jacoby)
  • Facing the Challenges of Access with Students Who’ve Had Less Than Successful Experiences (Kangas)
  • Documenting Assistive Technology in the IEP Process – Success Is Just a Step Away! (Fukuda & Wendel)
  • One District’s Approach to Using Embedded Technology to Accommodate Students in the Classroom (Lukert & Cutler)
  • Helping to Make Science Accessible to Students (Fukuda & Galbraith)
  • Tips for Successful AT Practice in the Classroom (Press)
  • Personalize Learning with Read & Write (Hamelink)
  • State-of-the-Art Classroom Rubric/Tool: Autism and Intellectual Disabilities (Buti)
  • Tech Tuesday with Computer Jeannette (Van Houten)
  • UDL Math and Science to Empower and Engage Your Students on a Digital Platform (Hamelink)

Sensory (Vision, Hearing)

  • Addressing the Sensory Needs of Individuals in the Classroom and Workplace (Heipp)
  • The Importance of Captions for the Hard of Hearing (Esbit)
  • Comparing Assistive Technology Options for Blind and Visually Impaired Youth during the Transition Years (Silverman)
  • Implantable Hearing Solutions – Cochlear Implant and Baha Candidacy, Technology, and Beyond (Dyhrkopp)
  • Loop 202: Let’s Loop Arizona! (Michaels & Kaufman)
  • Creating Access to Instruction and Life for ASDB Students (Reichman)
  • What You Thought You Knew About the Talking Book Library, But Were Afraid to Ask (Tuttle & Usrey)
  • Opening the Lines of Communication: Today and Tomorrow (Plummer)

Employment/Transition Postsecondary

  • Why Are Accommodations Different After High School? (Kugler)
  • Assistive Technology and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act [WIOA] (Estervig)

Community and Independent Living

  • Home and Institutional Modifications: Understanding the Contractor’s Perspective (Ferry & Bennett)
  • Leveraging the new Windows 10 built-in Eye Gaze Control Accessibility Features (Jackson)
  • Putting Home Automation to Work For You (Pullen)
  • Wearable Technology and Cognitive Disabilities (Grant)
  • Low Tech Diagnosis to Driving (Sclease)

Service Delivery

  • AT & VR (DES/Vocational Rehabilitation): Policy and Practices VR uses to Implement AT
  • Automating Documents for Accessibility (Quon)
  • Culturally Responsive Assistive Technology Services (Poss)
  • The Internet, Ethics and You (Plummer)
  • Understanding What Web Accessibility Means (Kugler)
  • ATP Exam Study Group (by invitation)

Poster Session

  • Projects of ASU’s Graduate Course on Assistive Technology Design and Development (McDaniels)

“Mini-Maker” Assistive Technology DIY Event

  • Learn to create some simple AT items at the Networking Reception on Monday afternoon (Bauerle & Bauerle)

NOTE: Many of the EBP presentations span more than one breakout session or may be longer in duration. Conference attendees can go to any session regardless of the track they registered for!

  • Building Early Literacy through Language (Nelson)
  • Building Early Literacy through Phonological Awareness (Nelson)
  • Cultural and Linguistic Competence in the Arizona Developmental Disability Network (Roberts & Cohen)
  • Customized Employment Parts 1 & 2: What it Is, and Why We Need It! (Keeton)
  • Improving Shared Decision Making Regarding Breast and Cervical Cancer Screenings for American Indian Women Experiencing Intellectual and/or Developmental Disabilities (Williamson & Armin)
  • LET’S TALK! Supporting Language, Literacy and Social Emotional Development (Corso)
  • Self-Employment: Why Not Start at the Top? (Keeton)
  • Sleep and Quality of Life among Family Caregivers with Children Who Have Autism Spectrum Disorders  (Russell)
  • The Need to Teach: Why We Need Systematic Instruction in the Workplace (Keeton)
  • Transformation: Shifting the Conversation, Changing Employment Outcomes (Voirol, Jacoby, Griffiths & Winnick)

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  • Registration begins at 8:00 a.m.
  • Opening Prayer at 8:30 a.m.
  • Program ends at 4:45 p.m.
  • Breakfast and lunch on your own (hotel/casino has several very reasonably priced restaurants on site).