Conference Dates: July 12 – 14, 2015Register Online
Keynote Speaker: Justin Martin
Have it Our Way: How Assistive Technology Frees People with Disabilities Into a Society That Fears Them*
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.
Closing Session Speaker: Matthew Wangeman
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.
Featured Speaker – Employment Track: Andy Winnegar
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
The preconference workshops will take place on Sunday, July 12th from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and include lunch.
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.
The conference schedule is structured to include keynote and closing sessions, up to 40 instructional breakout sessions that run 75 minutes in length and unopposed exhibit hall time. We will AGAIN be offering up to 16 vendor spotlight presentations. This is an opportunity for exhibitors to showcase their products and/or services during shorter, scheduled presentations. (Schedule may be subject to change.)
Conference sessions will be organized into the following strands: AT for Older Adults; AT Service Delivery; Early Intervention, Elementary Education; Employment; Independent Living; and Secondary Education/Transition/Post Secondary. Topics within those strands may also focus on: AAC; Hearing; Literacy; Physical Access; Seating/Positioning/Mobility; and Vision. Keep in mind that many sessions are cross categorical. Currently, our session titles and presenters include:
AAA: Access for All Abilities – Brenda Del Monte & Melanie Conaster
AAC and Social Media: Making Connections* – Deanna Wagner
AAC Head2Head: Review of Sonoflex, TouchChat, Proloquo2Go and LAMP Words for Life* – Mary Keeney, Ann Gortarez, Aaron Marsters
Accessibility & Assistive Technologies in the Workplace – Andy Winnegar
Accessing Technology = Empowering Individuals* – Brenda Del Monte & Melanie Conaster
Accessing the POWER of Switch Activities for Students with High Sensory Needs – Anthon McLaws, Deanna Wagner, Laurel Buell & Gayle Wiens
An AT Journey – Sean Kugler, Valerie West, Brian Corbett, Joseph Spence, Linda Wilkins & Tami Spence
Assistive Technology and the Interactive Process of Employer Accommodations – Andy Winnegar
Assistive Technology for Aging in Place – Cheryl Belitsky
AT in RSA: Assistive Technology and the Vocational Rehabilitation Journey – Sue LeHew
Authentic Name-Writing Plus – Deanna Wagner & Marla Naisant
Effective Access to Communication and Literacy for Students with Visual and Multiple Disabilities* – Faye Gonzalez
Even More AT is in the mATh – Bruce Kennedy
GoTalkNOW: A Tool for Literacy Instruction for all Learners* – Brenda Del Monte & Laurel Buell
Home Modification– Here’s the Scoop from RSA – Paul Ferry
How I Use My iPad* (Closing Session)- Matthew Wangeman
How Will I Drive to My New Job, Run Personal Errands, Care for My Family? (Driving to Independence)
Innovations in Vehicle Mobility and Adaptive Driving Equipment – Dan Radacosky
Introducing Boardmaker Online!* – Betsy Walker
Introduction to New Video Magnification Products (ViewFinder)
iPad Lab: Hands on iPad and Accessories Exploration* – Janelle Bauerle
It’s All About the Car, ‘bout the Car! (DriveAble Solutions)
Make the “Best Choice” for the Best AAC Device (Forbes Rehab Service)
Making Curriculum Accessible–English/Language Arts – Beth Poss
Making Curriculum Accessible—Mathematics – Beth Poss
Making Sense of Assistive Technology in All Environments* – Raymond Heipp, PhD
Mobility for all; New Options for Young Children with Physical and/or Multiple Challenges – Gayle Wiens
“My Auxiliary Brain”: Using Digital Notebooks to Support Organization and Memory* – Shelley Haven
“My Digital Secretary” – Using Technology To Manage Time and Tasks – Shelley Haven
New Product Information with Q&A Spotlight (ADL Solutions)
Qwik Eyes – Lending Sight to the Blind – Bryan Duarte
READING AND WRITING: From Low Tech to High Tech for People with Low Vision or No Vision – Karla Rivas Parker & Beatriz Shapiro
Realize Language: Using Data Collection to Guide AAC Intervention* – Jane Odom & Jeremy Legaspi
Relay Conference Captioning (Title TBE)* – Michele Michaels & Ken Arcia
Section 503 New Rules; New Opportunities for Employment – Andy Winnegar
System Access Demonstration – Tony & Tina Sohl
Talk Tablet – State of the Art AAC/Communication App (Gus Communication Devices)
The Best of Both Worlds (Logan Tech)
The iPad, UDL, and Literacy – Tracey Antista
The WHO WHAT WHY and HOW of Hearing Assistive Technology* – Dr. Ingrid McBride
TrainingWare®, A Comprehensive Blindness-Related Assistive Technology Curriculum and Student Learning Measurement Tool – Mark Nelson
UDE: Universal Design for Employment – Mike Marotta
Using Eye Gaze to Communicate When You Have a Vision Impairment* – Faye Gonzalez, Deanna Wagner & Gayle Wiens
Using the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) to Guide District Growth – Matthew Press, Alicia Craven
Vehicle Mobility: Assistive Technology in Motion (Performance Mobility)
When AT and Creative Media Collide, Captivating Voices will be Heard – Brooke Brown
You’re Using Music to Teach Whaaaat? – Mary Jo Barry
* AZ DHS Approved Session for SLPs/SLPAs/Audiologists CEUS
We will be adding session descriptions, so please check back to see the updates to this page!