Conference Dates: July 12 – 14, 2015 Register Online
Keynote Speaker: Justin Martin Have it Our Way: How Assistive Technology Frees People with Disabilities Into a Society That Fears Them
Keynote Description: We live in a democratized culture – we build our own burritos at Chipotle, fund our own revivals of cancelled TV shows, and allow anyone on the ground to be a reporter with social media. But this talk explores one of the last democratized frontiers in America: the human body. We assume that everyone comes into the world with the body they need – and if they assert anything differently, they’re punished economically and socially, leading to an assumption of “laziness”. I’ll explore AT in terms of Ohio’s Byzantine Para transit system, my personal experience with school district IEPs, the benefits and drawbacks of a standing wheelchair, and the experience of being on medication for the first time and how technology has defined a disabled teenager’s past, what does it mean for his present, and exactly what kind of a future will come from it?”
Justin Martin is a writer, activist, poet, and comedian. He’s hosted and spoken at events for VSA Arts Ohio and the Ohio Coalition for Autism and Low-Incidence Disabilities. He’s a published poet, and will attend Kenyon College this fall, where he hopes to become an English teacher. He currently is an intern on the Policy and Communications team at Disability Rights Ohio, a legal advocacy organization for people with disabilities. He’s not shutting up until all minorities have a full and meaningful life of their own choosing. Needless to say, he’ll be here a while. He can be reached at email@example.com. disability”. Read more about Justin.
Matthew Wangeman has been a disability advocate for over 30 years at the local, state and national levels. He has a B.S. in Business Administration and a Master’s in City Planning from the University of California at Berkeley. He is seen as a leader for disability rights in Arizona. Matthew has used assistive technology for most of life and he strongly advocates for people with disabilities to be the driving force behind the selection and implementation of AT in their lives. He is especially proud of his twelve year old son whom he loves and admires! Matthew currently works at the Institute for Human Development as an instructor in the Disability Studies Minor at Northern Arizona University.
Andrew Winnegar is a graduate of the University of North Texas and the University of Wisconsin-Stout obtaining his MS in Vocational Rehabilitation. Andy spent his career in the field of vocational rehabilitation working in New Mexico, Texas, Arizona, and Montana and as Deputy Director for Program Development and Support for the New Mexico Division of Vocational Rehabilitation for twenty years. In that capacity, he served as Principal Investigator for many innovative federal grant programs including youth transition programs, the State Technology Assistance, small business and Native American initiatives. He was also honored as the 2007 RESNA Don Ross Lecturer for early intervention in reasonable accommodations in state government
Preconference Workshop A: Improving AT Service Delivery in the Schools – Matthew Press and Aaron Marsters
In this full day workshop, participants will meet as a collaborative group and work through the AT process and procedures in their establishment. The workshop will use the Quality Indicators of Assistive Technology (QIAT) as a guide. The attendees will complete the QIAT indicators to establish a baseline level of performance, and then move through each Indicator area to critically analyze their scores and plan for improvement. As part of the planning process, participants will be guided through different resources and processes that will help them improve their performance in each domain. By the end of this workshop, participants will have created a road map for the upcoming year to improve the quality of their AT services. Key Learning Outcomes – Participants will:
- Identify where to find the QIAT indicators.
- Be able to use the QIAT indicators to analyze their own AT model.
- Learn how to use their scores to drive change in their environment.
Matthew Press, DAD2, MHS, OTR/L, ATP is an occupational therapist and assistive technology professional certified through RESNA. He has practiced in the field of occupational therapy for the past fourteen years and has focused exclusively in assistive technology for the last twelve. He currently works in the Pendergast School District and regularly presents at various local, state, and national conferences. Matthew is a Florida Gator. http://tinyurl.com/pesdat takes you to all the amazing things that Pendergast creates and shares with the world!
Aaron Marsters, Ed.D, has worked the past 16 years helping individuals with physical, sensory, cognitive, and learning challenges to unlock their potential using technology integrated instruction. He has dual Bachelor’s degrees in elementary and special education, a Master’s degree in low incidence special education and a Doctoral degree in special education. Aaron’s AT experience encompasses a wide range: evaluating student needs, providing a range of technology accommodations, conducting virtual and hands on training and support, ensuring student access to accessible instructional materials and curricular support focusing on differentiated instruction and Universal Designs for Learning. For the past five years he has been the Assistive Technology Instruction System Specialist for the Department of Defense Dependents School System – Europe. He supports the assistive and educational technology needs of the family members of our overseas US Armed Forces. Aaron has extensive experience teaching diverse general and special education populations at the secondary and elementary level.
Preconference Workshop B: Become a Digital Publisher! Create Your Own Engaging Materials for ALL learners – Mike Marotta
Mobile devices are everywhere! But…how do we leverage the power of these tools to provide access to print materials? This full-day workshop will focus on strategies and tools to enable us to create and deliver materials to students and adults – regardless of the devices they are using. Bring your own technology to the session to enhance your learning experience. The facilitator will guide the participants through strategies to create and manage customized electronic materials. Highlights of this workshop include: Discussion of core UDL principles and their relation to mobile devices and digital materials and strategies for digital publishing. Click here for a detailed workshop agenda. Key Learning Outcomes
- Participants will understand accessibility to digital materials through organizing core content / materials and gathering resources.
- Participants will explore, through hands on experience, an array of free/low cost tools to develop accessible, engaging learning materials.
- Participants will develop engaging, accessible digital materials to use in their own setting to use with their consumers.
Mike Marotta is a RESNA Certified Assistive Technology Professional who has been providing direct services to individuals with all disabilities for over 25 years. As an evaluator, Mike works collaboratively with teams in all environments (school, workplace, and community) to effectively match the individual’s needs to technology supports. Mike is a nationally and internationally recognized presenter who was previously a trainer for California State University at Northridge (CSUN), providing practical and in-depth training to professionals interested in specializing in assistive technology. In addition, Mike is an adjunct professor at California State University, Northridge, and Felician College focused in AT and UDL.
Thank you for registering to attend the 17th Annual Assistive Technology Summer Conference, Putting Assistive Technology to Work. AzTAP staff and Planning Committee members are confident that your participation will be very worthwhile and enjoyable. To enhance your conference experience, please review the information below:
HOTEL INFORMATION* The Hyatt Regency Scottsdale Resort and Spa at Gainey Ranch is located at 7500 E. Doubletree Ranch Road, Scottsdale, AZ 85258; Tel: 480 444 1234. The Conference Center and most guest rooms are all located in the same building. The Conference Center is on the ground floor. Click here for a map of the resort. Please note the hotel requires a credit card upon check-in even if your employer is paying for the room.
GENERAL & ACCESSIBLE PARKING – Self and accessible parking is available in the hotel’s main parking lot, follow hotel signage. Additional accessible parking is located near the Conference Center, outside of the Valet Only parking garage CONFERENCE REGISTRATION / CHECK-IN Please go to the Registration Area in the Conference Center to check in and pick up your name badge, conference bag and other materials.
- Sunday, July 12th – Preconference workshop registration begins at 7:30 a.m. (a light breakfast and box lunch will be provided.) NOTE: You will NOT need to register again on Monday.
- Monday, July 13st – Registration opens at 7:30 and the buffet breakfast begin at 8:00 m.
- Tuesday, July 14nd – Buffet breakfast begins at 7:00 a.m. Breakout sessions start at 8:00 a.m.
MEALS Breakfasts and lunches are included in the registration fee. If you have requested a special meal (vegan, vegetarian, gluten free, etc.), your registration materials will include color coded meal tickets for lunch to be given to your server when you sit down.
NAME TAGS Wear your name tag at all times; it is your admission ticket for all sessions and meals.
CLIMATE CONTROL Bring a light sweater or jacket; it may be hot outside, but conference rooms can be chilly.
REASONABLE ACCOMODATIONS If you have requested a reasonable accommodation, go to the Accommodation Station in the Conference Center Lobby next to the Registration Desk Wi-Fi Free Wi-Fi is available throughout the Conference Center. Login –instructions are in the program – Bring Your Own Device (BYOD)
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Advance Access to the complete conference program – The program and schedule is posted under the Conference PRogram toggle on this page. Presenter-supplied materials are available on the Presentations and Handouts page.
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E- Resource Station. This will be a dedicated area at the “Accommodation Station* in the Conference Center Lobby for recharging electronic devices and will also be the place to download PowerPoint presentations and handouts for those who do not have ready access to mobile devices or prefer to transfer information directly to their computer or thumb drives. *AzTAP is not responsible for devices left unattended while charging. You must provide your own charger. The hotel also provides a fee-based charging center for quick device charging – credit cards required.
FOR QUESTIONS Contact Adi Schaeffer at 602.728.9534 800.477.9921; firstname.lastname@example.org Reminder: The AzTAP office will be closed on July 13 -14, 2015 due to the conference.