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Description: Presented by: Lora Beeken & Holly Nester There are many common myths associated with the use of AAC that present road blocks to the implementation process. This session focuses on debunking these myths while providing practical implementation strategies for use both in the classroom and at home. Information is shared about the consideration process for selecting appropriate devices and helpful Internet resources to gather additional ideas for implementation.
Description: Presented by: Ian Moore By modeling accessible instructional materials (AIM) throughout the school year and properly scaffolding AT supports, educators can create successful, independent readers in the classroom, at home, and on statewide assessments. Research tells us that the benefits of using AIM (such as the audio component) on reading comprehension, persist even when AIM cannot be used in Virginia’s Reading SOL. This session shows educators how to build accessible reading...
Description: Presented by: Matthew Newton Voice assistant devices are all the rage right now. They allow us to conveniently order products, ask questions, set reminders, and control our environment just by speaking certain keywords and phrases from the comfort of our living room couch. Much like many other consumer electronic devices that were originally designed to be used in the home or businesses, voice assistants are breaking out of these environments and finding a place in the classrooms of...
Description: Viewers will take a tour of a very special SCIENCE FAIR. The REACH Program at St. Mary's Home for Disabled Children hosts this annual event. Students with significant INTELLECTUAL and MULTIPLE DISABILITIES use a variety of ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY to share their ASOL-based projects. Take great notes and be prepared to be INSPIRED!
Description: TARGET AUDIENCE: Mild/Moderate, Low Incidence TIME: 18 minutes DESCRIPTION: This workshop will provide an overview of the stages of the writing process and identify interventions that can be addressed at the appropriate stage of the writing process. A separate webshop will specifically address assistive technology solutions for writing
Webshop Title: Making Books Come to Life
Description: TARGET AUDIENCE: ECE TIME: 45 minutes DESCRIPTION: Making Books Come to Life is housed on a wiki site developed by the T/TAC at VCU's Assistive Technology Team to help professionals and families working with young children with disabilities learn more about literacy and how to make literacy experiences accessible, fun and engaging for all young learners. Explore these resources at your own pace, use them with your students, or use these materials to teach others how to adapt literacy experiences...
Description: TARGET AUDIENCE: ECE TIME: 45 minutes DESCRIPTION: This webshop was created by Sally Norton-Darr and Judith Schoonover from Loudoun County Public Schools. Explore this rich collection of literacy and thematic resources for Do-It Yourselfers! These resources are based on the book "Brown Bear, Brown Bear" and the "space" theme and offer powerpoints, templates, resource guides and literacy planners.
Description: As we learn about assistive technology it’s important that we listen to individuals who use it on a daily basis. The following interview is with Johnny Kelley, who will share some of his successes and challenges and how he became a self-determined person, living a fulfilled life. 12 minutes
Description: TARGET AUDIENCE: Communication/AAC, PK-12 TIME: 10 minutes DESCRIPTION: This video created by Chris Bugaj,Loudoun County Public Schools demonstrates how to use pacing boards for articulation.
Description: TARGET AUDIENCE: Mild/Moderate, Low Incidence TIME: 25 minutes DESCRIPTION: During this portion of the workshop we will explore assistive technology solutions that can be used at all stages of the writing process. Solutions will be explained and resources will be given.
Description: This series of webshops showcases the products created by real co-teachers of Virginia, select teams of elementary co-teachers participating in the Virginia Department of Education’s Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative. These co-teachers established demonstration sites and opened their doors to visitors wishing to observe quality co-teaching; they also developed co-taught lesson plans and videos to share through these webshops. In their videos, teachers model not only co-instructing in...
Description: TARGET AUDIENCE: All, PK-12 TIME: 30 minutes per module DESCRIPTION: The modules are designed to provide background information on the self-determination movement for people with disabilities and the history of the Virginia Department of Education's I'm Determined Project. These modules provide a strong foundation for beginning your journey toward self-determination. Each module will take 30 minutes or more to complete and include questions for reflection. Participants may want to print out the...
Description: This series of webshops showcases the products created by real co-teachers of Virginia, select teams of middle and high school co-teachers participating in the Virginia Department of Education’s Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative. These co-teachers established demonstration sites and opened their doors to visitors wishing to observe quality co-teaching; they also developed co-taught lesson plans and videos to share through these webshops. In their videos, teachers model not only...
Description: Presented by: Beth Poss Technology is omnipresent in the life of young children in the 21st century. Children from all walks of life are growing up with digital tools such as smartphones, tablets, computers and gaming systems and often are experts at navigating these tools well before entering kindergarten. While without a doubt assistive technology is a necessary tool to provide access for many young children with disabilities, the use of technology as a teaching tool for young children...
Description: Presented by: Linda Oggel & Mona Pruett   When voice output devices are initially introduced, the selection of vocabulary is essential. Limited “real estate” on low-tech communication devices (4, 8, 12 cells) makes vocabulary choice a fundamental and critical goal. Vocabulary selections on dynamic AAC devices are often overwhelming to AAC users and teachers and this session offers strategies to make that task easier. This session reviews the importance of...
Description: Presented by Kristine Neuber Do you know if your web sites and online learning management systems are accessible to students, teachers and parents who have disabilities? This session discusses what web accessibility means and provides information about federal and state accessibility guidelines school systems are required to meet. Examples of common accessibility issues encountered by school district web sites and learning management systems like Blackboard, are highlighted. Experience what your...
Description: Presented by: Fiona Bessey-Bushnell & Susan Mapes Do people in your district understand all of the tasks that providing AT entails?Do you feel like you need a road map of all of the tasks necessary for AT service provision? This recorded webinar outlines the results of a recent RESNA-sponsored study of the duties and tasks of Assistive Technology (AT) service provision within the K-12 setting. The published study can serve as a resource to school-based AT providers and their employers...
Description: (Updated by Linda Ingleson, January 2017) More and more children are coming to preschool without having learned how to interact with peers and how to manage their feelings. Challenging behaviors are being seen more often and preschoolers are being suspended and expelled from school at unprecedented numbers. Because children are coming to preschool without the requisite social and emotional skills deliberate teaching and fostering of these skills has to become a major focus in early childhood...
Description: (Updated by author- January 2017) This webshop (Part 1) is designed to provide teachers, administrators, and other service providers and staff with an introduction to deaf education. It presents basic information about hearing loss and implications on language and speech development. Note: The Deaf/Hard of Hearing Student in Your Classroom (Part 2) will address educational implications of a hearing loss.  
Description: Created by Rita Mars and Karen Wiltraut (Updated resource links by Clare Talbert- January 2017) Join the fabulous AT gals from Fairfax in exploring low tech ideas made from everyday items to use in your classroom! You'll tap into creative ideas that cover areas of academics, behavior, communication, access, etc. We hope these low-cost solutions work for your classroom.
Description: By all accounts, students who exhibit learning and behavior problems pose a real challenge to school personnel. One way to improve the educational outcomes for these students is to ensure that all teachers possess the knowledge and skills required to address the myriad challenges of daily classroom management and instruction. Fortunately, there is a growing body of research-based literature on evidence-based practices that are applicable in both general and special education settings. In...
Description: By all accounts, students who exhibit learning and behavior problems pose a real challenge to school personnel. One way to improve the educational outcomes for these students is to ensure that all teachers possess the knowledge and skills required to address the myriad challenges of daily classroom management and instruction. Fortunately, there is a growing body of research-based literature on evidence-based practices that are applicable in both general and special education settings. In...
Description: The Virginia Department of Education and the Virginia Consortium for Teacher Preparation in Vision Impairment presents a 16 hour in-service on Unified English Braille, literary and technical code transcription.  
Description: Does your school division use Windows-based laptops, PCs, or Apple devices rather than Chromebooks in the classroom? Do these machines and their software packages present access challenges for students that you are working with? Then, this session is for you! Matt will provide an overview of the MANY built-in and add-on accessibility features of Microsoft Windows, Office 365, and Mac OS (and iOS) software that can be used to support the needs of diverse learners. Many of the tools we will be...
Description: Kathe Wittig, M.Ed., Program Specialist - Secondary Transition & Fran Smith, Ed.D. CVE, Coordinator of Technology and Distance Learning - T/TAC @ VCU (Resources updated by Clare Talbert- January 2017) When considering transition assessment, practitioners should take into account each student's support needs. It is helpful to use the tenets of universal design for learning with students who have disabilities. Infusing assistive and instructional technologies into this process will be covered...
Description: (Webshop edited by Clare Talbert, September 2016) Approximately 10% to 20% of the U.S. population has a specific learning disability called dyslexia, which is a leading cause of reading challenges in school. As parents, we should learn about the characteristics of dyslexia and what they mean for our children. Note: You will have to create a free account to access this webshop.
Description: (Recorded Webinar from 2/23/2016 presentation by Lauren Enders) This presentation will begin with a brief review of core language principles for vocabulary selection and language teaching.    Participants will then learn how typical language learners acquire language and why the technique of aided language stimulation/aided language input is an essential component of any successful AAC implementation plan, regardless of a student’s age or language level. Sample...
Description: (Recorded Webinar from 2/25/2016 presentation by Judith Schoonover & Sally Norton-Darr) Developing multi-modal materials to introduce or extend literacy experiences sets the stage for literacy success. Alternative ways to organize, display and arrange, interact and respond to information produce greater understanding of concepts. Musician Paul Simon proposed a 50 way relationship exit strategy. In this webinar, we propose a 50 way literacy ACCESS strategy. Scaffolds created or...
Webshop Title: Speak Tool in Word 2013
Description: The Speak tool is a text to speech tool available in Office 2013.  This tool allows Word to read the text on the page. It works in Excel, PowerPoint, and Word.
Description: There is a new tool in Excel 2013, the Quick Analysis Tool makes creating charts, graphs and tables much easier. 
Description: In the past, a user could save a Word document as a PDF file, but, until now, the user couldn't edit PDFs in Word without first converting them to Doc or DocX format. In the new Word 2013, you can open PDF files, edit them in Word, and then save them as either DocX files or PDF files. 
Description: (Recorded Webinar from 11/12/2015 presentation by Christopher Bugaj) Face it, you're a muggle. There's an entire wizarding world happening all around you called Twitter. You've heard about it. You may have even tried it. But you don't understand how or why it works. Why tweet? What's a hashtag and how do I use it? What is a "chat," how does it work, and why would I ever want to be involved in one? This session will take you through the basics. Not only will you learn the "hows" of Twitter,...
Description: (Recorded webinar from 11/11/2015 presentation by Dr. Joy Zabala) In this active and thought-provoking session, Dr. Joy Zabala, the developer of the SETT Framework, will share some ideas about how the SETT Framework can assist collaborative teams at all stages of decision-making about technology and materials -- from consideration through implementation and evaluation of effectiveness. Thinking through the strengths and challenges students face when working toward mastery of tasks in their...
Description: (Recorded Keynote webinar from 11/10/2015 presentation by Dr. Therese Willkomm) Creating solutions on the fly for little or no cost is not only easy, but is incredibly important in the lives of students with disabilities. This webinar will discuss and demonstrate over 101 assistive technology solutions that can be made in five minutes or less using everyday tools and materials. Learn about new innovative uses for corrugated plastics, InstaMorph®, Ridged foam, and new Velcro® brand hook...
Description: Office 2013 offers a number of new features including text to speech, touch screen tools, opening PDF documents in Word as editable text and cloud based storage. This www.Workshop will demonstrate several of the new features and provide visual tutorials for future reference.   Come learn something new and expand your technology skills!
Description: Adding photos and movies to Office 2013 documents has become faster and easier than ever before.  A user can now Insert photos and videos from their computer or from online sources. 
Description: The Ribbon was a new addition to Microsoft Office starting in 2007. The Ribbon allows users to have access to several tools to customize and edit their tasks in Office.  However, the Ribbon takes up over an inch of real estate at the top of the screen. 
Description: Some new Office 2013 features are designed to make working with a touch screen easier. The new Read Mode in Word opens a document in reading view, which lets you scroll through the document by swiping horizontally with your finger. On a desktop with a touch screen monitor, you can change this behavior back to the more traditional page navigation mode if you wish.  
Description: Office 2013 is designed to integrate with the cloud—with SkyDrive and SharePoint, in particular. A user can now save their work to the cloud for anytime, anywhere access.  
Webshop Title: Office 2013 New Look
Description: Office 2013 is getting an updated look. Gone are the multiple shades of color that decorated the older interface, as well as the shadows and shading that suggested three dimensions. There is a new crisp clean look to Office 2013.
Description: This screen capture tool is built into Windows 7 and  is very easy to use. You can capture whatever you want from the screen, edit it and then email it or copy and paste it wherever you want it to go.  
Description: The Credential Manager is another new feature in Windows 7, that allows the user to save passwords for their accounts. 
Webshop Title: Sticky Notes in Windows 7
Description: Sticky Notes are quick and easy notes you can keep on your desktop as a reminder.
Description: The Sound Recorder tool allows a user to create audio files to save and use in another location.  
Description: Speech recognition/speech to text, is a tool that has been recommended for several years for persons with physical disabilities who cannot access a typical keyboard.  It is also a tool that has become mainstream in recent years with the conception of cell phones with speech to text technology.  Windows 7 has a speech recognition instrument that with some training can be a very beneficial tool.
Webshop Title: Magnifier in Windows 7
Description: For those who find common font sizes too small to comfortably read, there are options. One solution is to change the screen resolution, which can work, but can distort images and icons on the screen. The magnifier is a better solution for modifying the computer display.
Description: One new tool in Windows 7 is the Problem Steps Recorder (PSR) — especially for those of us who provide tech support to Windows users. No matter how hard they try, users often have problems accurately describing the problem they're experiencing or the steps they took before or after experiencing it. The Problem Steps Recorder will document the steps the person took and record the steps with text and images.
Description: This workshop has nine new Windows 7 tools to explore. These are productivity tools that will enhance your computer experience. Come explore them in this www.Workshop and save the direction sheets for use later.
Description: If you give presentations on a regular basis, you'll welcome a new tool in Windows 7 that makes it easy for you to display your Windows 7 portable computer's desktop on a projector. 
Description: Your computer does all of the work, but your monitor is what you look at all day. If it does not look good, you will not get the most out of your computing experience, and you can even strain your eyes. Windows 7 includes two great tools for adjusting your display to fit your preferences.