Location: Room 109

With a Hammer, Every Problem Looks Like a Nail:  Improving Effective Problem-Solving Practices

The capacity to collaborate to solve problems is a key component of a successful assistive technology team.  Whether it’s for AT Consideration, Implementation, Professional Development or any relevant topic, it starts with effective problem solving.  In this session, participants will be guided through examples of the team problem solving process.  Then, the tables will turn!  In small groups, participants will apply proven problem solving frameworks and processes on participant identified AT topics.  To conclude, we will reconvene and reflect on the problem solving process as a tool to improve student outcomes.

Key Learning Outcomes

1.  Describe at least two strategies to identify, brainstorm and collaboratively approach AT problems of practice. 

2.  Practice at least two strategies to identify, brainstorm and collaboratively approach AT problems of practice.

3.  Reflect and identify at least two problem solving strategies to implement when providing AT supports and services.

Job Accommodation Bootcamp

What is an accommodation? Where do I start? Will it make a difference? Who can help? In many situations, accommodations can be simple and straightforward, but at times, depending on the nature of a disability; the situation being accommodated; the tool or solution being implemented; or other factors, it can become more complex and difficult to accomplish. In this session, you will showcase your creative, out-of-the-box thinking and learn important ingredients and concepts for implementing successful solutions in your workplace and others.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Define accommodation and identify 5 important aspects of the accommodation process.
2. Discuss 5 common hiccups and glitches that may arise during job accommodations
3. Identify 3 resources to assist in finding appropriate accommodations for a variety of needs.

Free Tools for Creating Tiered Reading Supports

Are you looking for an easy way to scaffold reading supports in your classroom? This session will provide the participants free easy tools that allow educators to change text complexity and scaffolding of reading supports. We know that through ESSA and IDEA all learners need access to core curriculum.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will learn at least 3 free websites that allow for scaffolding reading supports.
2. Participants will interact with at least 3 free websites taht allow for scaffolding reading supports.
3. Participants will create scaffolded reading supports for one of their student assignments.

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AT and Employment – Where the Rubber Meets the Road

A road implies a journey and skilled AT users travel the VR process and employment just a little differently than non-AT users.  This session will demonstrate AT at work for skilled AT users. It will address tasks we take for granted – job search, job training, and job tasks using AT.  The point of view will be the end user navigating daily tasks and employment demands.  Join us for a fun ride!

Key Learning Outcomes

  1. Learn the sections of the keyboard and the importance to AT users
  2. Learn 3 potential technologies that allow access to computers and/or mobile devices
  3. Learn 3 examples of rate enhancement apps

Presentation Materials

How to operate the Lipsync Sip & Puff Mouse

How to use the Immersive Reader

OrCam MyEye 2 Tutorials – Smart Reading

Demo of the Half-QWERTY Pro one-handed keyboard by its creator

Ruby 10 Color and Pinch Magnification

Dragon Naturally Speaking

Home Modification Essentials

Home Modification Essentials is by no means an all-inclusive look at all of the modifications that can occur in the home. I would like you to come away with a general understanding on how a Home Modification can benefit you or a family member. It is very important to keep in mind the changes that are made to your home should be very individualized. Working as a team with the client, family members, care providers and other professionals will always result in better solutions to accessibility problems.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Advantages of a Home Modification

2. How to provide a Home Modification

3. Identify some of the Home Modification products and services

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ICT Accessibility – User Experience Examples

Join Ann Kettler as she walks through case studies highlighting how assistive technology users engage with content. From the good, the bad and the ugly, learn tips and tricks along the way to help ensure your organization’s digital content provides the best user experience possible for everyone.

Key Learning Outcomes

In this session, participants will learn:

  • How assistive technology users engage with content.
  • What barriers are created for assistive technology users when content is inaccessible.
  • How to review their own content to ensure their own content accessibility.

Autism Bell to Bell

This fast-paced session will share and demonstrate strategies to support students with autism throughout their school day. Topics will include supports for social skills, behavioral, communication needs, sensory needs, and academics. From the time the school bell rings in the morning to getting on the bus at the end of the day, there are so many opportunities to implement evidence-based strategies to improve student outcomes. We will also look at some free or inexpensive web-based applications or apps to support the topics. I will share stories of people with autism, what I learned, and how I use this to teach others. This will inspire everyone with a solid basis for what we do, how we do it and why we do it! Strategies, higher expectations,

Key Learning Outcomes

1) Participants will identify a minimum of 3 strategies to support social skills for students with autism
2) Participants will identify a minimum of 3 strategies to support behavioral need for students with autism
3) Participants will identify a minimum of 3 strategies to support academic success for students with autism
4) Participants will identify a minimum of 3 strategies to support communication needs for students with autism

Embracing Disability Culture, Accessibility, and Assistive Technology Use

This presentation will highlight link between accessibility best practices, disability culture, and assistive technology. By promoting disability as a culture and identity we can shift away from disability as something medical to be fixed or cured, hidden or pitied. The shift in understanding will expose audience members to the attitudinal and environmental barriers faced by disabled people as we look for ways to embrace disability as a culture. Specific strategies will be shared to reduce the stigma associated with assistive technology.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Audience members will be able to recognize and investigate structures and discourse which support and promote inclusive practices.
2. Audience members will be able to identify specific ways to embrace disability culture
3. Audience members will be able to gain knowledge around stigma and AT use.

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