2008 Annual ATI Conference Archive

Saturday, February 2nd 2008

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ATI Session Descriptions

Icon to I Can the Link between Literacy and AAC

Speakers:

Margaret Perkins (PRC)

Description:

This class will explore the components and levels of literacy and at each level and for each component the link between literacy and students who use AAC systems are examined. Strategies using AAC systems focusing on oral language, phonological and phonemic awareness, fluency and writing are exposed.

Free (or almost free) Assistive Technology

Speakers:

Kevin Daugherty (ATEC)

Description:

AT does not always have to be expensive, and there are many technology options available for people w/ disabilities. This workshop will demonstrate AT software that is free or can be purchased for under $50. Many people will be surprised to find that many of the best features of common AT can be found in low cost alternatives.

Assistive Technology to Support Students with Learning Disabilities – Case Examples

Speakers:

Heather Bunn & Jason Hilkey (Believe Ability, Inc.)

Description:

Introduction of AT features paired with specific needs of students w/ learning disabilities, followed by several case examples.

Introduction to AAC

Speakers:

Amy Walter & Jason Hilkey (Believe Ability, Inc.)

Description:

This is an overview of AAC with focus on the beginner to intermediate levels. Basic terminology and concepts related to AAC will be covered. Device demonstration and “hands on” experience with a brief focus on referral, assessments, and implementation will be included. Time will be allotted for question/answers from the audience.

No More Fs, No more Dropouts

Speakers:

Rich Dudka (RFB&D)

Description:

Participants will learn how RFB&D’s (Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic) audio books help disabled students access the printed word.

AT Considerations in Preparation for the IEP

Speakers:

Susan Leonard-Giesen (CSU Long Beach)

Description:

Using various resources, this workshop will present information and provide suggestions for individuals to use in evaluating AT needs prior to an IEP meeting.

Free and Worthwhile Online Educational Games

Speakers:

Judy Nahman-Stouffer (Empower Tech)

Description:

Which websites have worthwhile free online and downloadable educational software/games.

Using AAC devices in our work environment and school environment

Speakers:

Kim Vuong, Jennifer Johnson, Jorge Jacobo, Tiffany Adams

Description:

Four people will tell how their AAC device has helped them with their work and school.

Using the Computer as a Therapeutic Tool for Physical Rehabilitation - Case Examples

Speakers:

Bobbi Jean Tanberg, COTA/C, ATP (CART)

Description:

Case studies will illustrate creative ways to use assistive technology and the computer to address traditional therapy goals; i.e. vision, cognition and motor skills.

Assistive Technology Services - A Collaborative Systems Approach

Speakers:

Paul Richard (OCDE)

Description:

A collaborative effort exists between local agencies in providing assistive technology to school-aged individuals. The various system components will be presented, including evaluation and assessment, funding, etc.

Special Needs AT Designed in OC *for* OC (presentation to be done at vendor booth)

Speakers:

RJ Cooper (RJ Cooper & Associates, Inc.)

Description:

Pioneer in AT, Mr. Cooper is presenting his latest innovations to 'break through' to Learners with the most significant challenges.

Overview of Don Johnson's Draft:Builder software

Speakers:

Stanley Tom (ATEC)

Description:

Computer-based graphical writing organizer software that helps users organize ideas, details, and thoughts into structures form through free-form brainstorming or pre-existing scaffold templates.

A Colorful Solution for Perceptually-Based Reading Problems: Irlen Colored Overlays

Speakers:

Helen L. Irlen, MA, LMFT (Irlen Institute)

Description:

Application of Irlen Colored Overlays to diagnose and treat perceptual processing problems affecting learning, behavior and attention.

Transitioning with Assistive Technology

Speakers:

Martin Sweeney (AT Network)

Description:

This session introduces and explores effective strategies for transitioning assistive technology from high school to early adulthood. The session will review AT transition strategies for post-secondary education, employment, and community living. The session will also include funding strategies when transitioning from the school district to private, government and community-base resources.

Ten Terrific Technology Tools for Reading and Writing Help

Speakers:

Laura Martinez (TASK)

Description:

This session will introduce 10 pieces of Assistive Technology that are effective for use with students of varying disabilities that struggle with reading and writing.

Advancements in Blind/Low Vision A.T. Products (presentation to be done at vendor booth)

Speakers:

Mark Schafer (A.T. KRATTER & Company, Inc.)

Description:

We will demonstrate new low vision and blindness products, as well as show new capabilities for existing programs, including, myReader 2, BrailleNote GPS and Zoom-EX.

Low Vision Technology (presentation to be done at vendor booth)

Speakers:

David Kay (About Low Vision)

Description:

Demonstration of and introduction to the latest video magnification to assist the visually challenged.

Beyond Touching: An Introduction to Alternative Selection Methods for AAC and Computer Access

Speakers:

Bruce Fleming (DynaVox Technologies & Mayer-Johnson, Inc.)

Description:

Explore how you can operate a touch-screen device (AAC device, tablet PC, laptop PC) with selection methods that are viable alternatives for people who have difficulty using their hands to operate assistive technology products. Demonstration and lots of hands on time.

A Portable Cognitive Aid with Planning and Cueing Assistance

Speakers:

Richard Levinson (Attention Control Systems)

Description:

PEAT is a portable cognitive aid which helps users with cognitive impairment plan and execute daily activities, and is customized to fit individual user needs.



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