Track: Assistive Technology

A Hype-free Discussion of Generative AI (Pt 2): Brainstorming Applications, Issues, and Best Practices

In Part 2 of this double session on generative AI (and specifically ChatGPT), AT consultant Shelley Haven will leaded a guided interactive discussion to brainstorm various ideas and issues:

–Propose applications for generative AI to enhance teaching and learning
–Identify significant issues that impact using generative AI in education
–Suggest best practices that encourage responsible and ethical use.

The implications for generative AI in education are simultaneously exciting and concerning. We are likely at an inflection point similar to 20 years ago when education began integrating the Internet, and 40 years ago when schools started employing desktop computers. Consider this discussion as a beginning – the information, insights, and ideas gained will help you continue the discussion about AI in your school, district, or practice.

Learning Outcomes

1.  Understanding AI: Explain why “generative AI” like ChatGPT is unique and ground-breaking and how to get effective results when using it.

2.  Uses for AI: Name at least three novel applications of generative AI like ChatGPT in education (both teaching and learning).

3.  Best practices for AI: Name at least three strategies for harnessing generative AI in education while addressing concerns such as cheating, plagiarism, privacy, and ethical use.

Note: these learning outcomes apply to the combination of both Part 1 and Part 2 of this double session.

Hidden Challenges for Assistive Listening Technology in Large Venues

Assistive listening systems provide a means of wirelessly transmitting an audio signal from a venue’s sound system directly to a listener in the audience, dramatically increasing speech intelligibility by removing background noise and bypassing room acoustics. Recent advances in assistive listening technology, such as the development of Bluetooth Auracast, hold promise in making assistive listening technology more available, more accessible, and more affordable for venue operators and listeners alike.

However, several hidden challenges that both existing and new technology face in large venues remain unaddressed. This presentation explores how to overcome these hurdles that even many industry professionals are unaware of.

Key Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of this session, participants will be able to:

1. examine whether any given large venue provides an adequate assistive listening solution
2. analyze whether alignment delay poses a challenge in any given venue
3. propose an adequate assistive listening solution for any given large venue

Presentation Materials

AAC Supports for Professionals and Staff in the Classroom

Research tells us that AAC users need to use their devices throughout the day.  Participants in this session you will learn strategies and be supplied a companion book template to help support learners who are AAC users within the classroom setting.

Key Learning Outcomes

1.  Participants will learn about the research on the importance of everyone taking ownership in AAC.
2.  Participants will learn about a transition tool for adults and the learner.
3.  Participants will learn strategies to use within their classroom for AAC.

Presentation Materials

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.

A Hype-free Discussion of Generative AI (Pt 1): What It Is, How It Works, Opportunities, and Challenges

Artificial Intelligence, or AI, has been part of our daily lives for decades (think speech recognition, Netflix recommendations, contextual grammar checkers, and GPS navigation).  The recent hype – and angst – about AI in education centers on so-called “generative AI” such as ChatGPT that can create novel content and both understands and responds using conversational language.  As this emergent technology raises more questions than it answers, educators should understand how to harness its capabilities and make sound decisions about its use.

In Part 1 of this informative and thought-provoking double session, AT consultant Shelley Haven will explain:

–What artificial intelligence is (and isn’t)
–What makes ChatGPT unique and ground-breaking
–How ChatGPT can support teaching and learning
–Challenges that must be addressed to ensure responsible use.

Key Learning Outcomes

1.  Understanding AI: Explain why “generative AI” like ChatGPT is unique and ground-breaking and how to get effective results when using it.
2.  Uses for AI: Name at least three novel applications of generative AI like ChatGPT in education (both teaching and learning)
3.  Best practices for AI: Name at least three strategies for harnessing generative AI in education while addressing concerns such as cheating, plagiarism, privacy, and ethical use.

Note: these learning outcomes apply to the combination of both Part 1 and Part 2 of this double session.

Becoming an Accessibility “Chef:” Recipes for Creating Content/Quizzes Using Office Software

Recent world events have illustrated the increased reliance on digital files in education and professional settings. As digital information becomes more commonplace, our need to improve access to these materials using universal design principles increases. Learn about the ingredients and steps needed to create accessible assignments and quizzes using Google Forms and Microsoft Forms that can be used by everyone.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Participants will be able to identify the requirements and steps needed to create quizzes using Google Forms and Microsoft Forms.
2. Participants will compare features and identify common techniques the two tools use to create forms.
3. Participants will gain confidence using these tools by having the opportunity to complete hands on activities during the presentation.

Communication for All: A Story of Community AAC Inclusion in Prescott, AZ

Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) is essential for individuals with complex communication needs, but they often face barriers when accessing and participating in their communities. This presentation will share success story of working with a city to promote AAC inclusion. We will follow a family in Prescott, AZ who worked with an SLP to design and build AAC playground boards, coordinated with the City of Prescott to have them installed, collaborated with local businesses to provide manual low-tech boards, and provided community training about AAC. By sharing their journey, this presentation aims to inspire other families and communities to collaborate in promoting AAC inclusion.The presentation will conclude with practical strategies for engaging with city officials and local businesses to promote AAC inclusion.

Key Learning Outcomes

  1. Understand the barriers that AAC users face in accessing and participating in their communities.
  2. Learn about effective interventions for promoting community AAC inclusion, including peer-mediated support, community-based training, technology-based interventions, and design principles for AAC playground boards.
  3. Learn how to engage with city officials and local businesses to promote AAC inclusion in the community, including strategies for identifying key stakeholders, crafting persuasive messages, and building partnerships.

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

Ready, AEM, Read: Adapting Books for Students with Diverse Learning Challenges

Using the principles of Universal Design for Learning as a guide, it is possible to facilitate meaningful participation in reading activities by altering access, content, and materials. For emergent literacy learners, an interactive literacy kit containing a book, an adapted version of the book, and a combination of toys, games and activities relating to the book can provide exposure to reading, writing, listening, communication opportunities, fine motor, math, and more. Scaffolds created or displayed with commonly used software, web-based tools, and classroom manipulatives provide a multitude of creative opportunities for all. Come explore ways to adapt books and create rich thematic units incorporating literacy and learning. Participants will be provided with free online resources for composing electronic versions or print-based book adaptations, and book kits.

Key Learning Outcomes

  1. Name three or more adapted book design features that can benefit learners.
  2. Identify three or more ways technology can be used to assist in the production of adapted books.
  3. Recommend three or more resources described in this session to learn more about adapting print to provide increased access for all.

Presentation Materials

Hearing Loss Technology FAQ: So Much to Know!

The technology solutions and strategies available for individuals who experience hearing loss continue to improve and evolve. The influx of device options means that there is much to learn. This is your opportunity to increase your knowledge about the basics of hearing loss technology along with the latest advances. This session will provide an in-depth overview of technology solutions that individuals with hearing loss use for communication and environmental awareness. Tools and strategies for education, the workplace, home, and the community will be explained and discussed. Time will be allocated between sharing information, device demonstration, and exploring practical uses through case studies. Join us to learn about all the latest solutions and strategies for hearing loss access.

Key Learning Outcomes

1. Demonstrate three technology advances with hearing aids.
2. Demonstrate at least one accessibility solution for each of the following: school, work, home, and community access.
3. Demonstrate three apps that create access for hearing loss on mobile technology devices.

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