Track: Assistive Technology

It’s In There: Accessibility Features Across Platforms

With so many apps and software tools available for our technology today, it is sometimes difficult to know what might work for an individual. But wait ….. what about built in accessibility features? These supports are built into every computer and mobile device platform, yet many people don’t know what they already have! Come participate in this BYOD session as we dive deep into the built in accessibility features of your devices (iOS, Android, Mac, Windows, Chromebook) to explore options to support individuals in the area of reading, writing, vision, physical access and more!

Key Learning Outcomes

  • Explore and utilize built in accessibility features on various platforms to meet the needs of individuals with disabilities.
  • Compare built in features across platforms in order to successfully match individual needs to features of tools.
  • Determine effective strategies to utilize the built in accessibility features as a support for all individuals.

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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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Incorporating Access and Sensory Strategies Transparently into Multiple Environments

In our post-pandemic educational, therapeutic, and workplace environments, levels of anxiety have created issues surrounding both access to and the ability to complete tasks. In dealing with individuals, professionals have sought to provide sensory relief and then return those individuals to the tasks at hand. In reality, a combination of sensory support and alternative approaches to AT usage can allow individuals to create self-regulating habits as well as increasing their own cognitive and workplace abilities. This session looks at providing levels of transparency with both AT and Sensory Supports within any environment to assist in this process. In a hands-on format, we will review ways of approach in both Access through AT and self-regulation through socially and environmentally appropriate manners providing ideas for these environments.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will identify strategies to create transparency with AT
2. Participants will interact with various sensory strategies which provide support for all individuals.
3. Participants will design a foundation for the movement into transparency with both AT and Sensory Supports

Who is An AT Specialist?  What is an AT Specialist? …

As assistive technology (AT) evolved, so did the role of the AT Specialist. Due to the depth and breadth of expertise in AT, it became essential that universities, colleges, and public schools create positions for AT Specialists. It was essential that academic programs build capacity to meet all AT needs, allowing the AT Specialist’s expertise to be utilized when their unique skill set was needed.  This presentation’s main goal is to explore methods to boost capacity throughout the academic setting by assisting staff to acquire the skills and knowledge needed to solve access problems independently.  Identifying training needs and resources, and encouraging mentorship, including practice opportunities, will promote learning. The AT Specialist can solve more than individual problems by establishing a culture of training and

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Learn how to empower educators, support staff, and parents to use AT proactively.

2. Learn how to research an AT or accessibility tool to meet a learning need.

3. Understand how to build capacity and collaboration, knowing when to call on the AT Specialist.

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

Increasing access to low cost or free Assistive Technology

The Peoria school district is using innovative and creative ways to increase access to assistive technology for all its students. From 3D printed materials and internal collaborations with different district resources, to creative use of community resources, we attempt to be good stewards of the limited budgets available to help all students. During the session, strategies for collaboration will be shared and participants will be engaged in group discussion about how to replicate some of the same strategies within their own system. Time will be given for group discussion and problem solving during the session. In addition, methods and materials used in the district will be shared with participants. Items include 3D files/designs, low-tech visual supports, etc.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will learn about different technologies for using technology/resources to collaborate for students with disabilities.
2. Participants will learn how to create many different low-tech options for high incidence student needs
3. Participants will identify how they can replicate some of these processes in their own district.

Wearable Devices for People with Limited Sight or No Sight

This presentation will provide information about the different wearable devices available in the market, their features and prices.  Then we will demonstrate a couple of them. Two for people with low vision and two for people with no vision.

Participants will learn about the different features each device has and what to look for when purchasing these devices.  .

Presenter will be available for questions at the end of the presentation.

Key Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to name 3 features they need to consider when thinking about wearable devices for people with low vision.

Participants will be able to name 3 features they need to consider when thinking about wearable devices for people with no sight. .

Participants will be able to name at least 3 brand name of wearable devices available in the market.

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Eye Gaze for Alternative Computer Access; Vocational and Community Considerations

Join us to discuss the importance of independent computer access, available computer access options for individuals with limited mobility and potential eye gaze accommodations. We will identify possible strategies to increase computer access and eye gaze success. This presentation will include examples of Tobii Dynavox solutions that address these considerations, including TD Control, TD Browse, Accessible Apps, C5 Windows Control, and TD Pilot (Apple, Assistive Touch).

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Identify computer access and list 3 considerations for successful computer access with eye gaze
2. Identify three tools/software items that enable successful computer access.
3. List 3 extensions of eye gaze/computer access to support vocational, independent living and/or community outcomes.

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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