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Featured Speakers

Haben Girma – Keynote Speaker

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Haben Girma, the first deafblind graduate of Harvard Law School, uses her unique perspective to  empowers students with disabilities to become better self-   advocates, and teaches families and educators to set high expectations. Business Insider ranked her among the 21 Most Impressive Students at Harvard Law School, and the White House recognized her as a Champion of Change. Haben now serves as a Skadden Fellowship Attorney at Disability Rights Advocates, a non-profit law firm based in Berkeley, California. At DRA, she works to remove access barriers for students with disabilities.

Carolyn Phillips – Closing Session

Carolyn Phillips

Carolyn P. Phillips is a nationally recognized consultant in the field of assistive technology and disabilities. She has spoken to numerous groups on topics that include assistive technology, advocacy, self-determination and living with a learning disability. Carolyn serves as Director of Tools for Life, the Georgia Assistive Technology Act Program and the Pass It On Center, the National Assistive Technology Reuse Technical Assistance and Coordination Center, both of which operate under the Georgia Institute of Technology in the College of Architecture at AMAC.

She has published articles in numerous journals and a chapter in a book and poetry focused on understanding and appreciating people with disabilities. Carolyn has dedicated her time and energy to promoting independence for people with disabilities through advocacy, education, assistive technology and fundraising. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Georgia, and her Master’s Degree from the University of Kentucky.

AT Boot Camp – Preconference Workshop Presenters: Mike Marotta (on left) and Kirk Behnke (on right)


Mike Marotta – Mike has been an innovator in the field of assistive technology for over 20 years. Starting as a provider of direct services to consumers with all disabilities, Mike has transitioned to a leadership role within the assistive technology community that has seen him impacting not only service provision but systems change activities and pre-service training for new professionals. Mike also provides evaluations / training within the education and vocational setting. These technology solutions can include: using mobile devices as assistive technology (iPads, tablets, smartphones, Google Chrome); reading / writing support; instructional accommodations; computer access; ergonomics; workplace accommodations and supports for cognitive impairments.

Mike was also a key team member in the development, delivery and success of the Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP) through California State University, Northridge. This 100 hour blended learning certificate course has over 2500 graduates that are now providing assistive technology services in a variety of settings both nationally and internationally. Mike was also part of the team that modified and delivered this training program internationally in Ireland.

Kirk Behnke – Kirk has a variety of professional experiences within assistive technology (AT), special education, professional development, technical assistance and service provision. His experience ranges from AT assessment & implementation, information & referral, program development/coordination and professional services development and marketing.  Along with Dr. Harry Murphy, he originally designed and implemented the “Assistive Technology Applications Certificate Program (ATACP)” in 1996 through California State University, Northridge (CSUN).

Kirk holds a Master’s of Education degree from Temple University and a certificate in Assistive Technology Applications from the University College in Dublin, Ireland. He has maintained a professional credential as an Assistive Technology Professional from the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA). Kirk speaks at various national AT and educational conferences throughout the US and abroad on Assistive Technology Bootcamp, accessible curriculum design, learning differences, classroom instructional and technology implementation, Universal Design for Learning and the application and use of web-based tools

Conference Schedule

The conference schedule is structured to include keynote and closing sessions,  a total of 40 instructional breakout sessions that run 75 minutes in length  and unopposed exhibit hall time.  New for this year, we will be offering up to 16 vendor spotlight presentations.  This is an opportunity for exhibitors  to showcase their products during shorter, scheduled presentations.  View the  most current version of the conference schedule of sessions.

The Exhibit Hall will be open to the community with a free Exhibit Hall pass on Monday afternoon (July 21) from 1:30 – 6:00 p.m

At-a-glance Schedule3 2014

Preconference Workshop - AT BOOT CAMP
Preconference Workshop, Sunday July 2oth 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. AT Boot Camp


Description: The AzTAP AT Boot Camp is a one-day live training course designed to provide a foundation of knowledge in the area of assistive technology for those newer to the field of AT and for those who need a larger foundation of knowledge. Often, service providers come into assistive technology from another field (teacher, OT, PT, SLP, etc.) and need to quickly understand the scope of delivering assistive technology services to consumers with disabilities. This one-day training will address a broad scope of AT devices and services with a national perspective of resources.

Key Learning Outcomes: Outcome 1: Gain an overview of areas of assistive technology applications and processes that surround good implementation practices.  Outcome 2: Explore through hands-on activities and real world scenarios, an array of assistive technology tools that could meet the needs of students with disabilities and those who struggle to learn, including 504 and ELL. Outcome 3:  Build personal learning networks through information resources and interpersonal connections, in a safe learning environment.

Breakout Session Titles



Breakout Session Titles


AAC and Multiple Disabilities Brenda Del Monte, Melanie Conaster
AAC Implementation Strategies Brenda Del Monte
Accessible and Adapted Toys Nikkol Anderson, Leslie Iacona
App Attack: Google Chrome Edition! Aaron Marsters, Mary Keeney
aPPs from an aPPaholic: Digging In Tracey Antista
Assistive Technology on a Shoestring Budget Matthew Press, Alicia Craven
AT Evaluation for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing for Employment: Identifying the Barriers and Technology Options Virginia Thompson
AT is in the mATh Bruce Kennedy
Building Digital Content Mike Marotta
Buried Treasure: Accessibility Hidden in Plain Sight Aaron Marsters
Connecting the Dots: QR Codes as an AT Solution Snap Mystie Rail
Current Trends in Assistive Technology for K-12 Settings Kirk Behnke
Differentiation by Google Aaron Marsters
Digital Interventions for “Document Disorder” Mystie Rail
Getting Students Up to Speed – Accommodation Tools and Strategies for PARCC/CCSS Beth Molaskey
Home Modification and Home Modification Evaluations – Here’s the Scoop from RSA Paul Ferry
Integrating Easy Tech Tools Throughout the School Day Mary Sagstetter
iOS Transition Toolkit for Students Who Are Blind or Low Vision Allison Hilliker, Darrell Shandrow
iPads as AT: Five Apps You Should be Using Now! Ann Gortarez , Mary Keeney, Bruce Kennedy
Just ASK (Accommodation Strategy Kit): Mystie Rail
Know Your Rights: Due Process Rights under Arizona Health Care Cost Administration and the Affordable Health Care Act Edward Myers
Let it Grow: Enhancing Augmented Communication from Where You Are With What you Have Jerolyn Allen, Sarah Williams, Tami Taylor
Mentoring, Modeling, and Skyping: AAC With Help From My Friends Krista Howard, Katie Yonker, Tami Taylor
Nettie’s Nickel 4 Comprehensive AT Report writing to support a districts offer of FAPE Nettie Fischer
Nettie’s Nickel 4 FATE (Functional Assistive Technology Evaluations) in the K-12 setting Nettie Fischer
New Success for Young Children with Physical Challenges and/or Multiple Disabilities Gayle Wiens
On Time, On Task and Organized: Using Technology to Build Executive Function Skills Shelley Haven
Optimizing Device Positioning for Access, Mobility, Health and Independence Mary Kay Walch
Qwik Eyes-Lending Sight to the Blind Bryan Duarte, Kanani, Voegeli
Synchronized Text, the Human Voice and a new Ally: Learning Ally is Changing the Way Students and Teachers Approach Accessible Books Paul Edelblut
Technology for Notetaking: Tools to Help Students Capture and Organize What They Learn Shelley Haven
Ten Essential AT Options for a Successful Transition Joyce Palmer
The World from a Thumb’s Point of view! Luis “Gus” Estrella
Touchscreens, Smart Phones & Voice Technologies Used With & Without Home Automation Controllers… Kevin Davis
Touring the ADE Consideration Guide for AT to access AZCCRS Sean Kugler , Betsy Pierz, Amy Ronn, Kasie Hamman
Vendor Track: A Holistic Solution for People with Aphasia or Apraxia: Lingraphica Speech-Generating Devices, Apps, and Online Services Brianne Kosch
Vendor Track: Considerations When Choosing a Mounting Device Mary Kay Walch
Vendor Track: Fast track to Freedom… How disabled individuals can obtain extra money for home modifications through their Home Mortgage Kenneth Brosh, Gary Hanes
Vendor Track: Interactive: Latest Developments & Trends in Assistive Technology Devices Erika Feinberg
Vendor Track: iOS7 Switch Control by AbleNet Mary Sagstetter
Vendor Track: Vehicle Solutions – From Recommendation to Execution   Jenny Nordine, Chad Blake
Video Modeling for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders in the Classroom and Workplace Mary Keeney


Session Descriptions