MSATC 2011MIDNIGHT SUN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCEAugust 3-5, 2011Anchorage, AKDena’ina Civic and Convention Center Conference Program
Welcome MessageDear Friends and Colleagues, On behalf of the entire conference committee, it is my distinct pleasure to welcome you to the 2011 Midnight Sun Assistive Technology Conference. Let our speakers, exhibitors, and attendees who have traveled here to Anchorage, Alaska. Our conference committee has been working throughout the year to bring together many exciting and interactive pre-sentations and exhibitors to ensure that you will be “Having AT fun in the land of the midnight sun!” The MSATC started in 2007 with the intention of latest in assistive technology (AT), practices, and SCHEDULE AT A GLANCEservices for people with disabilities. The committee hopes that this conference will continue to serve as Wednesday, August 3, 2011a unique opportunity for exhibitors, professionals, 8:00 - 8:30 Registrationprivate individuals, and service providers to network 8:30 - 9:00 Welcome & DigiContest and gather information on the world of AT. We have 9:00 - 9:15 Senator Mark Begich worked hard to give all who are attending a glimpse 9:15 - 10:30 Plenary Q & Aof the wide variety of exciting products currently 10:30 - 11:00 Exhibitor Showcaseavailable on the market and how AT professionals 11:00 - 12:00 JeaporAbility 12:00 - 1:00 Luncheonproducts. Guest speaker: Jeff Charlebois Whether you are an AT supplier, service provider, Native Dancersfamily member, a person with a disability, or are just 1:00 - 1:30 Exhibitor Showcaseinterested in seeing the latest in AT, we are happy 1:30 - 2:30 Session 1you have joined us in the land of the Midnight Sun 2:30 - 3:00 Exhibitor Showcasefor this one of a kind opportunity. We sincerely hope 3:00 - 4:30 Session 2you enjoy the cooperative atmosphere and come away with many new and exciting ways to make a Thursday, August 4, 2011difference in someone’s life through assistive tech- 8:30 - 10:00 Session 3 nology. 10:00 - 10:30 Exhibitor Showcase 10:30 - 12:00 Session 4Sincerely, 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch on your ownMystie Rail, Assistant Director 1:00 - 1:30 Exhibitor Showcase Assistive Technology of Alaska, ATLA 1:30 - 2:30 Session 5Conference Coordinator, MSATC 2011 2:30 - 3:00 Exhibitor Showcase 3:00 - 4:30 Session 6 Friday, August 5, 2011 8:30 - 10:00 Session 7 The conference is designed by and 10:00 - 10:30 Exhibitor Showcase 10:30 - 12:00 Session 8for people interested in the use of 12:00 - 1:00 Lunch on your own assistive technology to improve 1:00 - 1:30 Exhibitor Showcasethe quality of life for persons with 1:30 - 2:30 Session 9 2:30 - 3:00 Exhibitor Showcase disabilities. 3:00 - 4:30 Session 10
CREDITS AAC Institute - Up to 1.5 AAC Institute CEUs (Continuing Education Units) can be earned for participation in the 2011 Midnight Sun Assistive Technology Conference. CEUs may be a requirement for maintenance of professional is the equivalent of ten (10) hours of instruction. The AAC Institute is an approved, Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).What you need to know: Keep track of sessions you attend in full. When you return from the MSATC, register your CEUs by visiting: www.aacinstitute.org/CEUs Follow the directions for submitting your attendance. CRCs are eligible to receive 16 CEC hours for full conference attendance. Signature and completed evaluation can be found at the credit table next to the registration desk.In order to earn 1 credit, you must attend all three days of the conference and register for one of the following courses: Individuals who wish to earn 1 professional development credit may register for ED S593. The course is offered through UAS Professional Education Center – School of Education. This course does not apply towards a degree. Cost for this course is $90.Individuals who wish to earn 1 paraprofessional development credit may register for ED S193. The course is offered through UAS Professional Education Center – School of Education. This course does apply towards a degree. Cost for this course is $90.NOTE: Enrollment in these courses is permanent. There are no withdrawals and no refunds. Incompletes are not an option. Contact Kathy Privratsky at Kathy@atlaak.org or 907 563-2599, or stop by the credit table for information and registration. Accommodations “Go Green” In an effort to “Go Green” and be more environmentally The following items will be available for check out responsible, attendees to the 2011 conference will re-each day at the Accommodation Table located on ceive copies of all available session handouts and pre- sentations on a CD-ROM instead of traditional printed copies. Any available presentations and handouts will also be on the conference website at www.msatc.org. To the greatest degree possible, the 2011 MSATC Con- ference Committee has made every attempt to provide Please inquire about: attendees with all received presentations and session * Braille and large print accommodations. materials in an accessible format. If you need materials in an alternative format or other auxillary aids / services, * ASL interpreters and real time transcription (CART) please contact presenters directly.
KEY PRESENTERSKey Presenters have been hand selected by the MSATC Conference Committee to ensure the conference is brimming with professionals that represent each of our assistive technology target areas - education, employment, community living, and IT/Telecommunications. Jason is an Instructional Technology Consultant in the state of Kentucky. He is a graduate of the Assis-and holds a Masters in Business Administration. He has trained thousands on Assistive and Instructional Technology, and Universal Design for Learning concepts throughout the United States since his start with Kentucky Special Education Cooperatives nearly a decade ago. His focus is on bridging the gap between operation of technology and actual implementation. To help inform his work, Jason runs numerous studies and initiatives in a wide range of areas along with his colleagues each year. He has taught Instructional Technology and Universal Design for Learning at the University level in the Masters in Special Education development consulting. Kelly Fonner is a self-employed consultant and trainer in the areas of assistive and educational technology. She has been working with individuals with disabilities since the mid 1970s and with assistive technology since 1983. Her work experiences have been as a teacher assistant, teacher, instructional media specialist and assistive technology consultant in early childhood, preschool and K-12 school age programs. She has consulted to university and adult programs concerning access to technology by persons with disabilities. Kelly speaks internationally on a wide range of topics including technology integration, AAC, computer ac-cess, literacy, library access, and assistive technology assessment and implementation strategies. She has taught at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and for Califor-Series. Kelly has a B.S. in special education, an M.S. in educational technology.Dan Herlihy is a national conference presenter on topics such as Creating Access on the Fly, Working with High and Low Incidence Disabilities, Creating Access to the Arts and Using Digital Images in the Classroom as a Teaching and Learning Tool. He is also an IntelliTools Training Specialist, and has written books and ar-ticles on technology integration, as well as producing CDs of educational activities for students. His expertise is in taking diverse technologies, and connecting them together to provide solutions for access. -ing programs, and Website development.
She enjoys discussing assistive technology options for people with disabilities. Beth is a member of the Re-in Web Technologies and Web Graphics/Multimedia.implementing assistive technology at various levels. Scott continues to assist teams and individuals in as-Cognitive Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities, and Learning Disabilities. His M.A. is in Curriculum and Instruc-tion. Scott also works with universities and has assisted in reorganizing their curriculum to infuse technol-ogy throughout the teacher preparation experience. He also consults with individuals and businesses to in assistive technology include computer access, and technologies that assist those with cognitive and learn-ing disabilities.She has spoken to numerous groups on topics that include assistive technology, advocacy, self-determina-tion and living with a learning disAbility. Carolyn serves as Director of Tools for Life. This program is operated under the aegis of the Georgia Department of Labor, Division of Rehabilitation Services. She has published articles in numerous journals, a chapter in a book and poetry focused on understanding and appreciating people with disabilities. Carolyn has dedicated her time and energy to promoting independence for people with disabilities through advocacy, education, assistive technology and fundraising. She received her under-graduate degree from the University of Georgia, and her Master’s Degree from the University of Kentucky. Carolyn lives in Atlanta, Georgia. Dr. Therese Willkomm is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy and the -nology Program with the Institute on Disability at in Rehabilitation Technology from the University of Pittsburgh and has over 25 years experience in providing/managing assistive technology services. She is known nationally and internationally as “The McGyver” of Assistive Technology. Dr. Willkomm and three U.S. Territories and authored 22 publica-tions including her most recent book titled “Make A Difference Today – Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes.”
WEDNESDAY SESSION 1 1:30 - 2:30Acquiring assistive technology is often easier than getting these tools implemented in the school setting. During this session we will present the considerations and initial strategies for insuring that investments in assistive technologies have a positive outcome in the school setting.E.79 Section E Therese WillkommThis hands-on workshop will explore over 50 assistive technology solutions that can be constructed in min-utes using everyday tools and materials. An assortment of tools and materials will be demonstrated including various types of tapes, plastics, adhesives, fasteners, and tools for cutting, marking, heating and bending. 1.32 Room 1 Jason Carroll -erate software or devices. However, many obstacles exist when shifting the focus of training from operation to implementation. This session will demonstrate a variety of professional development solutions available to individuals and organizations to support the effective use of AT. 2.25 Room 2 Penny Armstrong, Josetta Cranston, & Chad Hobert Accessibility on a variety of levels is a foundation for successful job placement and retention of people with visual impairments. The Alaska Center for the Blind and Visually Impaired takes a team approach to sup-port that success and includes: locating and working with an employer to ensure a well-suited placement, conducting an assessment of and making recommendations for practical assistive technology which is com- -ment and augment the recommended assistive technology, planning and implement routes to and from the layout. This team approach in which the client and the employer are considered partners along with Center staff creates opportunities for ongoing successful job placement for people with visual impairments. 3.14 Room 3 Dan HerlihyGet a handle on all the hardware accessories and connecting programs that turn your iDevices into a hub for teaching and learning. Learn what devices and programs allow you to broadcast a video in any format to all the iPods/iPads in a classroom, how to utilize and what apps are switch accessible, getting images and 4.52 Room 4 Margaret CiscoMemory is a complex cognitive process involving attention, focus, storage, and retrieval of information that encompasses hundreds of pieces of information day. Most people don’t think much about memory it until tech gizmos to high tech digital devices that can support the memory processes and help organize informa-tion for later use. Features of select apps and software will be shown.
5.4 Room 5 Barney FlemingTo create and maintain a universally designed and usable workplace requires that we address the needs of a diverse group of employees, including people with disabilities. The Principles of Universal Design can guide the design of environments, processes, policies, technologies and tools to facilitate the integration of all employees in the workplace. Universal Design also has the potential to optimize productivity, safety, col-laboration and communication for all employees. A universally designed workplace could potentially elimi-nate the need for specialized accommodations and also provide a safer and more productive environment for all employees. Methods for applying the principles of universal design will be learned through examples of job accommodations for employees with disabilities. 6.77 Room 6 Terrill ThompsonVideo is everywhere. But most of it is inaccessible. In order to be fully accessible, video must address the needs of individuals who are unable to hear (captions), unable to see (audio description), unable to do ei-ther (transcript), and unable to operate the media player (choosing an accessible player). This session will provide an all-encompassing overview of the current state of video accessibility, including a look at free tools that support captioning and audio description, a comparison of various media players on accessibility, and an examination of accessibility features in the draft HTML5 <video> tag. WEDNESDAY SESSION 2 3:00 - 4:30Universal Design for Learning assist individuals acquiring, engaging and expressing information. Come ex-plore strategies that will assist you in better working with the students and clients you serve. E.80 Section E Therese Willkomm A continuation of Part I in exploring assistive technology solutions in minutes that can be constructed in min-utes using every day tools and materials. 1.56 Room 1 Martin McKayALL of their learning endeavors. Texthelp Systems has developed Fluency Tutor a “cloud based” assess-ment tool that entices students and teachers to interact with this often tedious task anywhere/anytime in-creasing student achievement and educator. 2.35 Room 2 John HancockPeople living in rural areas have limited resources and often use several methods to support themselves and their families. These individuals also typically have limited access to resources, money, and assistance when it comes to adapting equipment for use by an individual with a disability. However, many items used in available. Materials for adapting items will be demonstrated and participants will have the opportunity to use some of the materials to make assistive technology adaptations.
3.15 Room 3 Dan HerlihyLearn how to utilize apps for note taking, organization, scheduling, homework and assignment tracking, as-progress, assign work and monitor your students progress. 4.72 Room 4 Shawn BernardAre you curious about using an iPad, iPod touch, or iPhone within education? This introduction teaches you the differences between the devices, how to get the devices going, and some applications are good to use in the school setting. Insight will be given about successes and obstacles. 5.65 Room 5 Rich SandersAlaska’s Disability Employment Initiative has a focus on use of assistive technologies within the One Stop Job Center system to access program services and materials and to educate employers, providers and job seekers with disabilities on how technology can overcome barriers in the workplace. This session will in-troduce participants to the types of technologies used, how they are used in the One Stops and provide an update of the DEI grant and it’s overall scope of services. 6.38 Room 6 Kaela ParksThis session shows how to create accessible video using tools within Camtasia such as screen capture, imported media, voice narration with voice recognition, and captioning. THURSDAY SESSION 4 8:30 - 10:00Explore a variety of tools that strengthen the area of reading, which include phonemic awareness, phonics, possible tools to explore. E.82 Section E Therese Willkommdemonstrate solutions that can be constructed with PVC, Acrylic, Stratacore, and Loc-Line. 1.57 Room 1 Martin McKay -opers of Assistive Technologies. With this opportunity come some unique challenges as well. Learn how Texthelp Systems is committed to bringing enhanced Text-to-Speech technologies to your mobile device. 2.7 Room 2 Beth Loyto an inclusive process, available assistive technologies, and accommodation examples. This session will fo-cus on accommodation ideas for aging workers who have hearing, vision, mobility, or cognitive impairments.
3.17 Room 3 Dan HerlihySo much technology available for education, yet how do you make it play well together in your classroom? what can you do with them, are they easy to use or accessible? Just because it’s new and cool, is it really tools for the classroom, including digital video devices, wireless tools and more, can make a difference in engagement, understanding and differentiating your curriculum. Discover how new tools from the Pulse back audio books can provide solutions for teaching, access, understanding, and communication. Can’t be in 2 places at once? Learn how you can utilize an iPad and web conferencing tools to provide supports over multiple locations at the same time! How do you utilize inexpensive web cams or portable inexpensive camcorders such as the Flip throughout the day, and across the curriculum? Free software programs, web tools and educator resources and lesson plans provide with ideas and solutions for utilizing them in math, science, language arts and more. Lecture/Demo format. Participants who bring laptops for some hands-on components must have administrator rights for the computer to install software programs, access web tools or download and install browser add-ons, however laptops are not required for the session. Participants will receive resource CD’s containing free software, lesson plan samples and more. 4.10 Room 4 Carolyn PhillipsThis workshop will provide an overview of the activities and exciting updates from the Pass It On Center. this emerging movement to obtain AT. We will also provide resource information for those who want to begin -edge Base, participants will explore the At Reuse process. We will also discuss the growing and important role of AT Reuse in Emergency Management. 6.37 Room 6 Kaela ParksThis session highlights perspectives of individuals promoting web accessibility within state, educational, and private sector environments, focusing on efforts that are sustainable, collaborative, and cost-effective. THURSDAY SESSION 5 1:30 - 2:30Join us in a discussion of tips that will assist you, the trainer, in getting individuals started with technology. E.83 Section E Therese WillkommAssistive Technology has a high risk of failure. This workshop will discuss and demonstrate how various types of foam, putty and wire can be used in creating assistive technology solutions through rapid prototyp-ing techniques to determine if a solution will work.
1.58 Room 1 Martin McKay -opers of Assistive Technologies. With this opportunity come some unique challenges as well. Learn how Texthelp Systems is committed to bringing enhanced Text-to-Speech technologies to your mobile device.2.18 Room 2 Julie Sanbei & Kaela Parks -opers of Assistive Technologies. With this opportunity come some unique challenges as well. Learn how Texthelp Systems is committed to bringing enhanced Text-to-Speech technologies to your mobile device. 3.18 Room 3 Dan HerlihyFrom recording lectures to adapting books, the Pulse (Echo) Pen can be utilized to add sound to printed communication boards or books, used by educators to record their lecture/class session to be posted for variety of class settings, situations and environments. 4.66 Room 4 Rob LeFebvreAccessible Print Materials help individuals with print disabilities access text at a much higher rate than with-variety of devices to increase their success rate in school. This short lecture will familiarize participants with the options and concepts for accessible print materials, including textbooks and other curricular print materi-als.5.29 Room 5 Gayle Yarnall & Arthur GouldUse high-speed Internet to reach people using adaptive technology in remote locations. We will demon-strate how a trainer can use high speed Internet to give personal assistance, problem solve, or teach new features to clients in remote locations. Cut down on travel costs serving more people for less money. 6.76 Room 6 Terrill ThompsonAdobe’s Portable Document Format (PDF) has included accessibility support since Acrobat version 5.0 was to poor support for accessibility among PDF authoring tools, but also to a lack of awareness among authors. This session is for the latter group. It will cover the basics on how to create accessible PDF’s step-by-step using Microsoft Word, and how to add accessibility to inaccessible PDF’s using Adobe Acrobat. THURSDAY SESSION 6 3:00 - 4:30The world of AAC (Augmentative & Alternative Communication) has become a popular breeding ground for new Apps, but not all are created equal. When considering strategies and tools for giving students with autism and other complex communication needs a voice, you must also consider supporting their language development. In this, not all tools and apps are the same. During this session we will look at the points that must be considered in choosing and implementing AAC.
E.84 Section E Therese Willkomm -dents in higher education. These apps will include reading, writing, math, and organizational apps. 1.26 Room 1 Debra KennedyThis session will provide an overview of how Microsoft supports accessibility as well as how we work with our partners to provide the right type of solution for the different user’s needs. At Microsoft we are committed to continually working on improving accessibility for all users as we develop world-class products. As Bill Gates has said: “Our vision is to create innovative technology that is accessible to everyone and that adapts to each person’s needs. Accessible technology eliminates barriers for people with disabilities and it enables individuals to take full advantage of their capabilities.” 2.6 Room 2 Beth Loythe gap between their needs and their opportunities. This session will help highlight technology that can successfully accommodate individuals with these limitations by providing information accommodation and assistive technology options. 3.19 Room 3 Dan HerlihyClassroom technology is no longer tethered to the desktop computer. Learning, research, exploration, analy- -tools to demonstrate understanding. Using student response applications learn how to “push” quizzes out to iPads, iPods, or other devices, and then see student responses graphed and graded immediately. Free web 2.0 tools in the cloud, to all new apps and tools for accessibility and access - re-energize, and re-tool, take your learning environment to a whole new level of possibilities. 4.73 Room 4 Shawn BernardiPads are amazing tools, and can even be used for visual supports in the classroom and the home. This session will highlight a few applications that can be utilized. Feel free to bring your own device to try some of these out. 5.36 Room 5 Kurt Savikko and Julie Sanbeiprograms and how to work around them to prevent browser failings. Learn how color choices affect acces-sibility when used for text, backgrounds, images, etc. Make materials come alive for the user’s needs rather to accepted standards and tools. Additionally, this session will examine image sizes and formats that cause issues and access for end-users. 6.39 Room 6 Kaela Parksemail with a focus on needs evaluation and usability testing.
FRIDAY SESSION 7 8:30 - 10:00 E.12 Section E Carolyn PhillipsAssistive Technology offers hope for many individuals with learning disAbilities for living, learning, working and playing. Just as people with LD are different, their needs for AT are unique and are best addressed with a customized approach. This session will provide participants with opportunities to explore AT strategies and solutions that have worked to promote success at home, in school settings, in various work environments and with the many transitions that occur through life. Participants will grow in their knowledge of both light tech and high tech solutions including word prediction, screen reading, voice input, tablet technologies and Apps.The world of AAC (Augmentative & Alternative Communication) has become a popular breeding ground for new Apps, but not all are created equal. When considering strategies and tools for giving students with autism & other complex communication needs a voice, you must also consider supporting their language development. In this, not all tools & apps are the same. During this session we will look at the points that must be considered in choosing and implementing AAC. 1.60 Room 1 Maureen DohertyAttend this demonstration to understand how Read & Write GOLD, award-winning literacy software, pro-vides access to all curriculums for all learners within the classroom and at home. 2.24 Room 2 David BartonThis course uses a variety of methods to engage participants in becoming informed and in charting their of interest to anyone with a disability who wishes to enter the workforce, who is considering making changes in their current work life, or who is in a position to support others in this process. It has been designed for people with disabilities and their family members or for any service-providing professional, such as teach-ers, higher education professionals, job coaches, career counselors, medical/rehabilitation specialists, or reasonable accommodation;; disclosing a disability. 3.20 Room 3 Dan HerlihyHow often do you hear the expression “there’s an app for that!” Well, for the most part it’s true. With over 35,000 apps and counting where do you start?! This session will explore apps from a variety of categories including Reading, Writing, Communicating, Drawing, Music, Switch Accessible, Organization, Broadcast-ing, QR Codes, Autism and more. Demonstrations, reviews and more! 4.78 Room 4 Theresa RyanEmbedding language and literacy into a preschool curriculum immerses the child in an environment rich in language, concepts and motor activities. The activities are centered on a theme usually based on a favorite
piece of children’s literature and use a variety of visual materials to recreate the story in various ways. Activi-ties are developed that introduce and/or reinforce vocabulary development, receptive language, expressive based method was developed to use with students with developmental delays, it is easily adapted for any preschool classroom. The presenter will present the structure of a theme-based unit, show ways to promote language and pre-literacy skills from the classroom to the home environment and help participants develop their own language and literacy embedded units. 5.64 Room 5 Neal Kunianskytablet you will see and learn how easy it is to create braille for literary, math and graphical materials quickly on short notice. As well as transcriber quality output for tactile readers. DBT Win 11.1 supports braille trans-other formats. 6.2 Room 6 Anu GokhalePrevailing labor projections regarding the shortage of information technology (IT) professionals provide im- -est in computing. Another component consists of after-class sessions with IT professionals, a strategy that has proven effective in diversifying the image of computer scientists and engineers. Professionals typically represent the target population or speak about technologies that have improved the quality of life for special populations. The author will present the methodology and results of the project with time for discussion. FRIDAY SESSION 8 10:30 - 12:00Students who use a switch are often stuck in the world of cause and effect software due to the lack of knowledge of other academic-based products on the market. During this session, we will share a variety of software programs by taking a trip through the school day, academic area by area, and showing example programs that can build switch skills while maintaining an academic focus for the student throughout the school day. E.85 Section E Mystie RailApple is known to make products that are powerful and customer friendly, but what kind of accessibility can be expected from a modern mainstream technology company and what does it mean for the average end user? Moreover, what does this mean for the end user with a disability? Apple has always had products with innovations that most assistive technologies traditionally have found hard to support. Trends in assistive technology indicate that no support can be expected for such advanced technologies, but Apple is all but de-universal design - come learn how it can now be used as AT! 1.27 Room 1 Debra KennedyThis session will provide an overview of how Microsoft supports accessibility as well as how we work with our partners to provide the right type of solution for the different user’s needs. At Microsoft we are committed
to continually working on improving accessibility for all users as we develop world-class products. As Bill Gates has said: ”Our vision is to create innovative technology that is accessible to everyone and that adapts to each person’s needs. Accessible technology eliminates barriers for people with disabilities and it enables individuals to take full advantage of their capabilities.” 2.8 Room 2 Beth Loysituations. 3.21 Room 3 Dan HerlihyLearn how to work with video from portable camcorders such as the Flip, how to edit, and convert for use on other platforms such as an iPod Touch, iPad, or in educational applications from PowerPoint, to Clicker 5 and more. Some applications don’t always play back video in the format your camera is saving it in. Learn what programs can be used to convert video to various formats, and even add captioning. Shoot it once, use it in and PC Platforms addressed. 4.51 Room 4 Lauren StaffordUsing a web 2.0 program called VizZle, learn how to engage a variety of ability levels and learning styles during group instruction. Whether inclusion with diverse learners, or a self-contained environment, differen-open doors for all learners. See how to add hotspots to books to level questions, and create playlists that allow you to swap out content for different students as they engage with the SmartBoard. Search for lessons that have been created that highlight differentiation for math, reading, and activities of daily living. 5.61 Room 5 Meg ZaletelThis presentation focuses on the various ways AT can be obtained for students with disabilities and transi-and where AT services can be written into an IEP. We will also discuss how AT services and devices can be obtained through Medicaid and the Division of Vocational Rehabilitation. This presentation is appropriate for anyone wanting to learn more about how to formal the use of AT or obtain needed AT devices during child-hood through age 21. 6.25 Room 6 Chad Hobert & Terrence vanEttingerOur presentation will focus on the use of mainstream technology as a platform for assistive technology, showing how the need for several different devices can be alleviated the use of smart phones and/or tablets. We will be demonstrating several apps to assist in such areas as navigation, item, color, and money
FRIDAY SESSION 9 1:30 - 2:30 E.13 Section E Carolyn PhillipsKeeping track of clients, strategies, products and services delivered can be an overwhelming task in assis-tive technology service delivery. Come hear about some of the issues and strategies to consider in making plans for your agency or program. 1.30 Room 1 Jason CarrollToday’s classrooms are more diverse than ever, which makes meeting the needs of learners who occupy for Learning as a framework to support teacher effectiveness and to assist in overcoming everyday ob-stacles that educators face. 2.28 Room 2 Don BrandonThe struggle for accessibility is becoming an expectation in all aspects of daily life. The wish has become a reality and the reality can be a rubics cube if you are not familiar with how change in accessibility is intended to take place. This session will feature one of the leading experts on the old ADA standards discussing the practical realities of compliance for the 21st century. In other words how to use the access standards to “cre-ate a game you can win!” 3.22 Room 3 Dan HerlihyA variety of free or inexpensive student response software solutions from free apps that turn your iPod into a classroom response clicker, sending the answers directly to your computer, to web based forms students Laptops and computers along with all many free programs that allow you to “push” your quiz, question or poll to your students who might all be utilizing a variety of different devices, then how and where the responses can be captured, graphed and graded! 4.59 Room 4 Maryjane HadawayIn this review of the literature, practical applications of technology to assess and chronicle student learning were sought, considerations for successful technology integration for individuals with special needs were described, and the versatility of technology as an assessment tool was discussed. It was found that col-laboration with others and frequent support for exceptional learners who use technology is paramount to successful implementation in educational and other settings. Despite legislation designed to put assistive technology in the hands of those who need it, funding, training, and support issues are often cited as barriers to successful technology integration for this population. Sometimes assistive technologies are abandoned for these reasons also.
5.9 Room 5 Bill Packeeranging from educational barriers, to employment discriminations, and to everyday independent living prob-parents of the blind of all ages. The real problem of blindness is not the loss of eyesight. The real problem is the misunderstanding and lack of information that exist. If a blind person has proper training and opportunity, blindness can be reduced to a physical nuisance. 6.3 Room 6 Anu GokhalePrevailing labor projections regarding the shortage of information technology (IT) professionals provide im- -est in computing. Another component consists of after-class sessions with IT professionals, a strategy that has proven effective in diversifying the image of computer scientists and engineers. Professionals typically represent the target population or speak about technologies that have improved the quality of life for special populations. The author will present the methodology and results of the project with time for discussion. Additionally, the author will address latest technological developments designed to empower students with disabilities and create an inclusive environment for all students. FRIDAY SESSION 10 3:00 - 4:30E.11 Section E Carolyn PhillipsIf you’re like most people today, the word “Apps” has become part of your everyday language and routine. In fact, while most everyone uses some sort of App to accomplish their personal and professional activities, keeping up with new development of Apps can be quite overwhelming. There are at least 200 new Apps iPod Touch, Xoom, Playbook or Galaxy, provide an easier route for daily tasks. This session will cover the accessibility features of these emerging technologies as well as share a few favorite Apps that can assist individuals with disabilities. Participates will also see the new Tools for Life Apps & Widgets Database! This that are low cost or free. These may be solutions you explore as part of a trial to determine what you need, or they may become solutions that meet your needs. 1.34 Room 1 Kurt Savikko, Julie Sanbei, and Jason BurkeHelps professionals see differences of what works to achieve web access in theory versus in practice. Pro-vides meaningful examples of accessible and usable websites. Shows what works and what works well. Reviews the latest checklists and tools, and how the state and university are using them. 2.86 Room 2 Kathy PrivratskyAssistive technology (AT) opens up a world of possibilities and improves independence and productivity for individuals with disabilities. However, knowing what technology you want or need but not knowing where or
answer questions. Funding resources will be shared. 3.23 Room 3 Dan Herlihyto speech programs that run on them, applications then run on them to create photo slide shows that you can add narration to and export back to your computer. Applications to convert your own digital movies to run on them, import them onto the devices, and more…see it in action! iPads, iPods and iTouch’s are com-mon place devices in today’s society. They have unlimited potential to address educational needs in today’s classrooms! From portable information, educational activities, programs for access to text, or for communi-This workshop will address those issues in a lecture/demo format. Participants will learn how to convert -tions that allow students to create and narrate slide shows from imported images, have built in text to speech was initially installed on them. Once users understand the process, the potential as a teaching and learning tool is unlocked. 5.62 Room 5 Michelle RadinThis demonstration walks through a case study where a class of adult students with severe/profound dis-abilities bakes pies for a school bake sale. It shows how to split an activity into its component parts and how to make these parts accessible through the use of low-tech devices, partial participation and cuing. 4.63 Room 4 Molly RidoutThe world we exist in is full of challenges many do not even consider. Can I hear the timer go off? Can I put together a meal without turning on the oven or using a knife? This session will touch lightly on a broad range of disabilities and tools to assist in food preparation. Come relaxed and hungry for this informal session. 6.67 Room 6 Sarah FrickThe purpose of this roundtable discussion is to solicit community feedback and ideas on the topics, func-tionality and individual needs for the Online Community Web site. We would love to hear from representa-families and other groups. The “Alaska Accessibility Matters” online community plans to provide a place for discussion forums on different topics related to Accessibility issues in Alaska. Members will be able to create groups, post and promote events, blog or journal, showcase videos, and share resources. The site will serve a broad audience by being open for anyone to join, and will promote a community of practice. Participants of this roundtable discussion will also have the chance to become initial members of the “Alaska Accessibility Matters” Community and provide further usability input.
EXHIBITORSTexthelp Systems is the worldwide leader of literacy software solutions provided through three core business divi-sions: Education, Speech Services and Publishing. Texthelp’s Read&Write GOLD product range is designed to assist students of all ages who require extra assistance when reading or composing text. The software allows students to develop their literacy skills and enjoy greater independence. Wide selection of Assistive Technology Products including Speech Generating Devices, Educational Software for The Alaska Autism Resource Center provides: *Distance and on-site training options for a variety of audiences. *Ser-vices for individuals throughout the lifespan. *Training topics that include: What is autism;; Visual Strategies;; Teaching Social Skills, Positive Behavior Supports;; Transition Across the Life-span;; Supporting Communication;; Supporting Employment for Individuals with ASD;; Supporting Sensory Difference;; and Adapting Instruction. Additional trainings are available and can be adapted for individual needs. *A lending library with online catalogue at www.alaskaarc.org. *Resources and support for individual, community, school, and family. *Credit courses. -by state and federal grants, as well as donations from community partners and supporters. -one who struggles with reading, regardless of age. The program can be personalized to meet the individual accommo-of 2011, provides advances including access to mathematics, high-speed, portable scanning, and expanded forms Alaska’ unique geographical area with a relatively small population requires a management system tailored to meet the needs of Alaskans. The Govenor’s Council on Disabilities & Special Education was created to meet Alaska’s diverse needs. The Council uses planning, capacity building, systems change, and advocacy to create change for people with disabilities.The state’s training and resource center equipping Alaskans who are blind and visually impaired for success in life and work. Vocational rehabilitation, low vision clinics, Visually Impaired Senior Alaskans program, statewide outreach and support, programs for independent youth, and advocacy.have macular degeneration, or other low-vision conditions. The company offers the most comprehensive line of elec-tronic magnifying solutions and has helped thousands of people regain their visual independence. Enhanced Vision products provide individuals with the ability to read, write, watch TV, enjoy hobbies and live an active lifestyle again. Headquartered in Huntington Beach, Calif., Enhanced Vision products are available in more than 70 countries world-wide. For more information, please call (888) 811-3161 or visit www.enhancedvision.com.Learning Ally, the nation’s largest educational textbook library, offers more than 65,000 downloadable titles in all K-12 curriculum areas from the top U.S. school publishers. Learning Ally’s accessible educational resources help struggling
readers with learning disabilities like dyslexia achieve their personal best. Available in every grade level and most subjects, Learning Ally textbook and literature titles are used nationwide. In addition to the classics, Learning Ally’s digital library provides current editions of state adopted texts ensuring students learn from the same versions as their classmates. Learning Ally’s audiobooks allow educational equality for students who struggle with reading so they can -cessible materials that have made Learning Ally a trusted resource for more than 60 years.Perkins products works closely with technology for people who are blind or low vision. We provide training either individual and organization in making maximum use of the device. We also sell a wide range of technology that uses speech, large print and braille to create and produce accessible information. Those who care enough to expect high quality Braille Know... Enabling Technologies. Enabling Technologies is the leading U.S. manufacturer of a complete line of Braille embossers. Enabling Technologies has been in business for 39 years and has a dedicated team producing quality products backed with quality service. Our legendary “Romeo and Juliet” models are preferred by school systems, government agencies and all major Braille consumers worldwide. Braille throughout the world. Duxbury Systems leads the world in software for braille. The Duxbury Braille Translator (DBT) and MegaDots, are -- DBT supports grade 1 and grade 2 translation in English, Spanish, French, German, Portuguese, Arabic, Malaysian, Swedish, and other languages. Our software can produce contracted and uncontracted braille, mathematics, and technical braille.DynaVox Mayer-Johnson is the leading provider of speech generating devices and symbol-adapted special education software used to assist individuals in overcoming their speech, language and learning challenges. These solutions are designed to help individuals who have complex communication and learning needs participate in the home, classroom and community.VizZle® is an easy to use, web-based authoring tool that empowers educators to create fun, interactive, visually supported curriculum customized to the needs of children with autism and other learning challenges. Using any of the thousands of pre-made lessons from the peer-reviewed shared library or using lessons created with easy-to-use templates and thousands of in-program images, audio and video clips, teachers can track improved outcomes by IEP goals or any state standard. Saltillo Corporation offers affordable and portable communication solutions for individuals who are unable to use their natural voice. Visit the Saltillo booth to learn more about the ChatPC family of products. Also, see the new Silver Kite TouchChat application for the iPod Touch, iPad or iPhone. Cambium Learning Technologies, which includes Kurzweil Educational Systems and IntelliTools, is the largest US-owned and US-based provider of solutions for at-risk and struggling students. With solutions like Classroom Suite, IntelliKeys, and Kurzweil 3000, we help students become independent learners in the areas of reading, writing, and math. Assistive Technology of Alaska (ATLA) connects Alaskans who have disabilities with the tools they need to learn, work, play, and participate in community life safely and independently. ATLA offers statewide no-cost equipment demon-strations, information and assistance, short term loans (as items are available) and awareness activities. Staff offer fee-for-service assessments and trainings in addition to re-selling assistive technology. The statewide Alaska Trading Post, an on-line searchable database of used equipment and devices for recycling program is coordinated by ATLA.
Exhibitor Showcase - 2nd Floor 8 7 6 5 4 3 2 1 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Room Room Room Room Room Room 6 5 4 3 2 1 Credit1 Texthelp Systems Inc. www.texthelp.com www.learningally.org Registration2 Augmentative Communication 10 Perkins Brailler Brochure Buffet Consults Inc. www.perkins.org www.acciinc.com 11 Enabling Technologies Accommodations3 Alaska Autism Resouce Center www.brailler.com www.alaskaarc.org 12 Duxbury Systems, Inc.4 Stone Soup Group www.DuxburySystems.com www.stonesoupgroup.org 13 Dynavox / Mayer Johnson www.dynavoxtech.com 3rd Floor www.freedomscientiic.com/lsg 14 Monarch Teaching Technologies 6 Governor’s Council on / ViZzle Ballroom Disabilities & Special Education www.monarchtt.com www.hss.state.ak.us/gcdse/ 15 Saltillo E7 Alaska Center for Blind www.saltillo.com and Visually Impaired www.alaskabvi.org Ballroom www.cambiumlearningtechnologies.com8 Enhanced Vision Systems 17 Assistive Technology of Alaska www.enhancedvision.com www.atlaak.org D
Jeff Charlebois - “Man on a Roll” Meet funny man August 3rd Free for MSATC Attendees 00 General Public Come let Jeff entertain and inspire you with his “sit down” comedy show. time he is through, Jeff’s humor and character demonstrates that disability only exists in the mind. NETWORK - WIN PRIZES - HAVE FUN AT Trading Card Conference Game Each attendee receives three (3) random “Trading Cards” in their conference name badge holder. Exhibitors have been given a deck of “Trading Cards” to give to attendees. It is up to each Exhibitor how many and to whom they give the cards. Meet other conference attendees, exhibitors, and speakers and “trade” cards with them to try to make a winning hand of MSATC Trading Cards. Please see the back page of the Conference Program for winning Trading Card sets.When you have traded or talked with other conference attendees, exhibitors, and speakers and have any of the matching sets, place the set of cards in one of the Game envelopes and put it in the box on the Game pulled from the box. Photography by Beck Artwork Echo Livescribe pen
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