Chew the PHAT: Policies and How-To's in Assistive Technology

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Slide deck for the presentation at the Closing the Gap 2013 conference on creating or building an assistive technology program.

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Chew the PHAT: Policies and How-To's in Assistive Technology

  1. 1. Chew the PHAT: Procedures and How To’s in Assistive Technology Christopher Bugaj, M.A., CCC-SLP Sally Norton-Darr, M.S., CCC-SLP Assistive Technology Trainers Loudoun County Public Schools, Virginia
  2. 2. Access the Presentation http://bit.ly/chewphatctg13
  3. 3. Contact Us Sally Norton-Darr ● snortondarr@yahoo.com Christopher Bugaj ● ● ● ● attipscast@gmail.com @attipscast via Twitter www.tinyurl.com/attipscast www.attipscast.com
  4. 4. The Book For More Info: http://iste.org/chewat Facebook Site: http://bit.ly/atbookfb
  5. 5. The Price of Admission Name the movies referenced on the slides.
  6. 6. The Script ● ● ● ● ● Why establish an Assistive Technology Team? Examples of best practice policies Examples of strategies useful for helping ALL students Tips to save time and money Professional development strategies (that work!) e e no on r go whe ore” “Boldly one bef has g
  7. 7. How do you consider AT in every IEP? ● ● ● AT must be considered Do all IEP team members understand the definition of AT? Other ways? ● ● ● ● Check box No check box List of strategies Who can help you answer these questions consistently? “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
  8. 8. The Characters Establish a team of professionals to create procedures and provide services. A team will reduce waste by sharing strategies to improve performance for ALL students (AT + UDL = RTI) “I love it when a plan comes together!”
  9. 9. Short Video Explaining UDL: http://bit.ly/udlexplained1 rg o r. e htt p:/ / ca st. t org en Multiple Means of lc ud . Representation w w w Multiple Means of Action and Expression Multiple Means of Engagement
  10. 10. Casting Call Scenarios ● Ask for volunteer(s)? Choose from Related Service providers? Split a caseload? Hire someone? Hire a team? ● Private/Outside organizations? ● ● ● ● obi ill R r, W nge “Da n n!” so
  11. 11. “Who you gonna call?” The Plot ● ● ● ● ● ● Use Whatcha Got! Start by using tools and strategies that are least restrictive (already existing in the classroom) Conducting unnecessary evaluations wastes time and money DANGER ZONE Begin In-House: assess trends, proactive needs, spending end of year $$ For students outside Special Education Working with IT= UDL!
  12. 12. The Not-So Special Effects ● ● ● ● ● ● ● ● Record Sound Feature Visual Schedules Text-To-Speech Social Situation Stories Graphic Organizing Templates Pacing Boards for Communication High Contrast Feature of Windows Web 2.0 Tools dium r nga a” “Wi vios Le
  13. 13. The Audience ● ● Conduct “Traditional” and “Alternative” professional development to provide support. Staff development available on demand. “If you build it, they will come.”
  14. 14. “Are you talkin’ to me?” The Theater 5 minute faculty meeting tips Face-to-Face Workshops ■ Customized by school needs Website ■ Handpicked resources ■ FAQs ■ Training Videos ww w Strategy-A-Day Calendar.lcp s.o ■ One strategy a day, rip-off calendar rg/ a t
  15. 15. Learn More Multi-modal Professional Development 8am Friday Bloomington
  16. 16. The Subplots ● ● ● ● ● Participate in district-wide committees to implement solutions that meet the needs of all learners AT Clubs (Involve Students!) Share Fairs Parent Group/Community Presentations Conference Presentations (cooperation with other districts) ● ● ● Promotion of Services Summer Seminars Create a LOGO! !” w ho c Ka “ http://bit.ly/atmontagevid
  17. 17. Resources & References The Practical (and Fun) Guide to Assistive Technology in Public Schools: http://iste.org/chewat http://lcps.org/at http://attipscast.com
  18. 18. QUESTIONS & ANSWERS THANK YOU FOR JOINING US!

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