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  1. 1. MSATC 2011MIDNIGHT SUN ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCEAugust 3-5, 2011Anchorage, AKDena’ina Civic and Convention Center Conference Program
  2. 2. 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
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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.”  
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7.  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.
  8. 8. 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.
  9. 9. 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.
  10. 10.  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.
  11. 11. 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.    
  12. 12. 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  
  13. 13. 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  
  14. 14. 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  
  15. 15. 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.
  16. 16.  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  
  17. 17. 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.
  18. 18. 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  
  19. 19. 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.
  20. 20. 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
  21. 21. 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    
  22. 22. Duxbury  Systems NOW  Shipping  Version  11.1 Your  accessible  solution  for  braille. REAL  BRAILLE  SOLUTIONS  NOW! NIMAS  to  BRAILLE  NOW! http://www.duxsys.com info@duxsys.com 978-­692-­3000 Having  AT  fun  in  the  land  of  the  midnight  sun!Assistive  Technology  of  Alaska  (ATLA)  would  like  to  thank  the  following  organizations     that  actively  participated  in  or  generously  donated  to  MSATC  2011. 2011  Conference  Partners AAC  Institute  
  23. 23. NETWORK -­ WIN PRIZES -­ HAVE FUNTrading Card Set #1Trading Card Set #2Trading Card Set #3