Empowering Students

Assistive Technology

Adaptive equipment and assistive devices open up a new world and help people with disabilities gain more independence in their environment. An on-site technician designs and builds custom equipment like switches and environmental controls to provide children greater independence with daily living activities, leisure time, communication and sensory stimulation.

Specialists trained to support students’ use of computers apply their knowledge to customize computer keyboards and programs to assist children in accessing that learning tool.

The Center offers services in many realms including:

  • computer access and adaptations
  • specialized mountings for wheelchairs, walkers and beds
  • educational and adaptive software for special needs
  • custom-designed adaptations and switches for toys, electronic equipment like stereos and televisions, office equipment, and household appliances
  • augmentative communication like picture communication boards
  • wheelchair adaptations which include hardware mountings and special switches for maneuvering

Learn more about AT

Webinars

Closing The Gap provides professionals, parents and consumers with the information and training necessary to best locate, compare and implement assistive technology into the lives of persons with disabilities.

Upcoming Webinars:

Creating Content for the Diverse Learner
Thursday, January 10, 2013
12:30 pm – 2:00 pm Central Standard Time
Register here

Intellitools Classroom Suite 4

Classroom Suite 4 is an instructional tool environment that helps students in graded Pre-K through 5 achieve mastery in reading, writing and math. It allows teachers to individualize instruction for their students.

Participants will learn the basics of how to combine direct instruction in reading, writing and math when using Intellitools Classroom Suite 4. Participants will learn instructional strategies, be involved in constructive practice time, and learn to use assessments in order to gauge the progress of each student in their classroom.

Participants will learn how to align classroom lessons with the core curriculum.

Accessing Abilities

Finding solutions for students with diverse learning needs it extremely important. It is more than accessibility, it is accessing abilities. It requires providing the appropriate tools and educational technologies that make the curriculum accessible to all learners. It is about finding the tools and solutions that provide students with the opportunities to access their education, their world and their dreams.

Today’s technologies are opening up a world of opportunities for students with diverse learning needs. Technologies are at the forefront of providing the tools that are truly making a difference in the lives of persons we work with. Desktops, laptops and iPads can provide opportunities for the students we work with. The iPad has been one of these amazing tools especially with students on the Autism spectrum. In this session we will show how many of today’s technologies can empower students with diverse learning needs. Participants will see real world examples on how technology can break down barriers and provide opportunities.

We will discuss universal design, (UDL) universal design for learning, and differentiated instruction. We also discuss meaningful approaches to selecting appropriate solutions to meet the unique learning needs of all students.

Participants will learn the basics of how to combine direct instruction in reading, writing and math when using Intellitools Classroom Suite 4. Participants will learn instructional strategies, be involved in constructive practice time, and learn to use assessments in order to gauge the progress of each student in their classroom.

Participants will learn how to align classroom lessons with the core curriculum.

Universal Access Features of Mac OS X Lion and Mountain Lion and the iOS

Assistive technology has the potential to level the playing field and create dramatically different outcomes for students with disabilities, but only if teachers are aware of its availability and know how to use it effectively.

The overall goal for the session will be to demonstrate the assistive technology features built into Apple’s Lion and the iOS operating system. Participants will also explore accommodations that can be provided to students with disabilities without the need to purchase additional equipment or software.

Technology and Supports for Successful Learning

This conference examines what hardware and software solutions can be utilized for students with autism. Participants will also learn how to structure a productive learning environment, as they use hi- and low-tech activities to aid all aspects of a student’s day, while reducing disruptive behaviors.

Programs explored during this session include: Boardmaker Plus, Clicker 6, Kurzweil Reading System and Writing with Symbols.

Technology and Supports for Successful Literacy

This conference examines what hardware and software solutions can be utilized for students in the learning process. From hi- to low-tech, all manner of activities will be explored than can be incorporated into a student’s day.

Participants will get hands-on learning time with the following programs: Boardmaker Plus, Clicker 6, Kurzweil Reading System, Writing with Symbols and the Start to Finish Literacy Series.

Hands-on Exploration of Leading iPad Assistive Technology Apps

The iPad has become a very popular device for assistive technology. In this hands-on workshop, participants will experience the iPad with the latest and greatest applications for augmentative communication, speech articulation, storytelling, reading/writing, and more. You will learn the newest features for customizing and configuring the iPad for individual users.

You will then explore various assistive technology applications. You will explore a wide variety of apps across many different categories. We will also explore alternate methods of access such as switch interfaces for scanning purposes.

Creating Content for the Diverse Learner

The iPad is an excellent tool for creating content for the diverse learner. Content can be created to meet the unique learning needs and styles of the diverse learners in our classrooms. The iPad can be used to modify and differentiate classroom materials for each student in order to maximize learning.

There are many apps that can be used to easily create content for students. In this workshop, participants will learn how to use various apps for creating content. We will cover several categories including eBooks, videos, audio, and communication. Participants will be given ideas on how to create their own eBooks, shoot and edit videos, create their own music, create visual schedule, adapt tests and classroom materials, and create communication support for the classroom.

Participants will learn how to identify what key features to look for when selecting apps for content creation. We will also discuss implementation strategies as well as best practices.

Video and Videography in the Special Needs Classroom

Video can be an excellent method to support learning for students with diverse learning needs. It can be a powerful tool for the teacher as well as the student. Videos captured on the iPad and iPhone can be used for documentation, video modeling, training, motivation and creativity. Participants in this session will learn how to shoot, edit, and share video on an iPad or iPhone.

We will also discuss and explore various examples of videos created on an iPad/iPhone and how they are used in the classroom. We will demonstrate different apps for capturing video, editing video, and sharing videos. This session will also cover techniques to improve your videos as well as optional equipment that is available for your device.

Beyond Angry Birds: Fun Educational Apps

The iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad can provide many exciting, engaging and entertaining apps. However, these devices can and should be used for more than just sheer entertainment. There are many apps that are both fun and educational at the same time. This webinar will explore many games that can be used in educational and therapeutic sessions.

While the apps are fun and entertaining, they work on specific skills and knowledge. Ways to use and manage entertaining apps on your device will also be covered. While games and gaming on these devices can be challenging at times in the educational settings, they can also be very motivational and beneficial. This workshop will show how games and gaming apps can be both entertaining and educational.

Video Modeling and Visual Stories

Video modeling and visual stories can be very powerful tools when working with students with special needs. They can be used to teach appropriate social skills and behaviors. Video modeling and visual stories can also help to reduce anxiety and confusion of social events by letting the child see the sequence of events before they encounter them.

The iPod touch, iPhone and iPad are great tools for capturing and creating these visual supports. This workshop will cover the basics of capturing and editing video and photos using the iDevice. We will then provide overviews of apps that can be used for creating video modeling activities and visual stories. This workshop will also cover several video and video editing apps.

Creating Accessible ePub Documents on the iPad

This session covers creating accessible books and documents for the iPad. Participants will be guided through the step-by-step process for authoring their own ePub documents and discuss strategies and practices for making materials accessible. In addition participants will explore apps available for the iPod touch and iPad used to create accessible eBooks.

Accessible eBooks can increase independence for non-readers, and provide personalized, portable literacy experiences. Attendees will also learn about features to consider when purchasing these apps. We will cover key components to consider when selecting an app for eBook creation. A range of apps will be presented and assessed during this workshop. We will cover the viewing and distribution features of eBooks within the apps.

Apps for Students with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The iPod touch, iPhone and iPad have proven to provide a wealth of possibilities for all students. Many of the students with autism spectrum disorders present unique learning styles and preferences. Participants in this workshop will learn about many applications that could make a difference for children with ASD.

This workshop will cover apps for communication, organization, planning, story telling, reading/writing, behavioral support and much more. Participants will learn how these solutions can make a difference for children with ASD.

At the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of apps, device management, and accessories that are available. They will also become more aware of some of the most promising apps available today.

The iPad in Special Education

The iPad has become a very popular device in special education. In this Workshop, participants will experience the iPad with the latest and greatest apps for augmentative communication, speech articulation, storytelling, reading/writing and more. You will learn the newest features for customizing and configuring the iPad for individual users.

You will then explore various applications that can be used in special education classrooms. A wide variety of apps across many different categories will be covered. Alternate methods of access, such as switch interfaces for scanning purposes, will also be discussed.

The iPad and iPod Touch in the Special Needs Classroom

The workshop will provide an introduction to iOS devices focusing on basic operation of the device and the built-in applications. We will then explore VoiceOver and other accessibility features built into all current models. We will then explore applications for communication, for sign language, for planning/organization, for storytelling, for reading/ writing and much more. The goal of the exploration is to connect students, and their needs, with the right tools.

Participants will learn how the iOS devices can make a difference to people with various disabilities such as traumatic brain injuries, autism, downs syndrome, fluency disorders, dyslexia, mild CP, ALS and others.

The iPad and iPod Touch Devices for Children with ASD

The iPod touch, iPhone and iPad have proven to provide a wealth of possibilities for assistive technology. Participants in this workshop will leaning about and will have an opportunity to try many applications that could make a difference for children with ASD. While the hands-on activities will be on the iPad, the iPhone and iPod touch will also be discusses.

We will cover apps for communication, organization, planning, storytelling, reading/writing, behavioral support and much more. Participants will learn how these solutions can make a difference for children with ASD. At the end of the session, participants will have a better understanding of apps, device management, and accessories that are available. They will also become more aware of some of the most promising AT applications available today.

Learn more about Assistive Technology

Mark Coppin

Director of Assistive Technology
701-952-5125
mark.coppin@annecenter.org

Contact Mark

Innovate Technologies, Revolutionary Teachers.

Assistive Technology Director Mark Coppin appears on “The Infinite Thinking Machine,” to discuss how technology is providing new opportunities for individuals with special needs.


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