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Description: Presented by: Matthew Newton Using video in virtual instruction is a popular and effective way to present information to students. Students with disabilities, particularly those with hearing or visual impairments, may need supports such as captioning, transcripts, or visual descriptions to fully access your instructional video content. In this recorded webinar, the presenter demonstrates how teachers can efficiently add these supports to their instructional videos using well known...
Description: Presented by: Matthew Newton & Gina Martin PDF accessibility can be complex and overwhelming. In this recorded webinar, the presenters provide tools to help build your confidence in overcoming the challenges of making PDFs accessible! They explore how to build accessible PDFs by looking at some beginning steps like basic tagging, alt-text for graphics, and reading order. They also demonstrate how to make these .pdf accessibility modifications using tools included in...
Description: Presented by: Holly Nester and Shelley Jewell This recorded webinar is full of interactive ideas that will hold student's attention in order to increase engagement and participation. The presenters highlight the favorite activities from SLPs, OTs, and PTs currently providing virtual therapies and invite participants to share their own favorite ideas as well. They packed their virtual toolkit full of new ideas!
Description: Presented by: Matthew Newton and Clare Talbert In this recorded webinar, the presenters make a PowerPoint or Google Slides Presentation accessible with the help of the Microsoft Accessibility Checker and the VDOE PowerPoint Presentation Accessibility Checklist. they cover the steps involved in text formatting, slide design, color and object formatting. Having an understanding of these principals can help you build more accessible presentations, whether you use PowerPoint...
Description: Presented by: Holly Nester and Shelley Jewell Buy-in and knowledge of the facilitator is just as important as engagement of the student for a successful virtual therapy session. Whether it is a parent, other family member, child care provider, etc., these individuals are instrumental in assisting the therapist during sessions. In this recorded webinar, the presenters discuss coaching strategies to support the facilitator and help them feel empowered to assist the student...
Description: Presented by: Holly Nester and Shelley Jewell In this recorded webinar, the presenters explore a few of the most widely used platforms that meet Virginia's recommended guidelines for providing virtual therapies. They share interactive features of each platform and tips and tricks for maximizing your sessions.
Description: Presented by: Matthew Newton and Geoffrey Weber Word and Google Documents are two of the most common materials shared with students. They are also two of the most common materials with accessibility issues for students that use assistive technology. Learning to create these documents in an accessible manner is not difficult, but may require changing some old habits! This recorded webinar is intended for beginners in the area of document accessibility and focuses on how to structure pages...
Description: Presented by Dr. Jennifer Catalano: Dr. Jennifer Catalano is the director of the Master’s in Education of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing program and an assistant professor at Flagler College. She worked as a research assistant with the Center on Literacy and Deafness (CLAD) for five years developing and implementing literacy interventions for K-2 DHH students. The ECV-DHH presentation will give participants the tools to provide DHH children repeated exposures and...
Description: This webshop was originally created in 2007 to help teachers, therapists, paraprofessionals and parents better serve the communication needs of non-verbal students through the use of core vocabulary.  After all these years, much has changed including that little revolution in AAC popularly known as..... the iPad!  Some things, however, have stayed the same: Core vocabulary continues to be an important guiding principle when creating or purchasing AAC systems, AND supplying...
Description: Presented by: Nancy Anderson & Diane Loomis This webinar promotes self-determination skills for students with disabilities. Produced by Virginia’s Region 4 TTAC, the webinar draws from Virginia’s state I’m Determined Project and presents that project’s tools, information about youth and parent summits, and affirms its emphasis on student participation in IEP meetings. The webinar introduces the elements of self-determination theory: Competence, Autonomy and...
Description: Presented by: Ynez Peterson, Matthew Newton, Holly Nester and Shelley Jewell Are you an educator, related service provider, or parent with a student at home who needs some additional support creating your own low-tech assistive technology (AT)? DIY AT is here to help! This recorded webinar explores how to make several low-tech AT tools through easy steps with common items and materials that can found around the house. The presenters demonstrate the steps to assemble low tech tools...
Description: Best practice in inclusive education requires access to and implementation of three major components: academic inclusion, social inclusion, physical inclusion.  The following inclusive practice partnership projects provide examples of inclusive practices in all aspects of the k-12 school community.
Description: Preschool refers to the time before a child is old enough to go to kindergarten or elementary school.  In Virginia, preschoolers who are eligible for special education and related services are entitled to placement in the LRE alongside their peers without disabilities with supplementary aids and services.  Inclusion in early childhood programs is supported through years of research and reinforced by a strong legal foundation and can set a trajectory for inclusion across the life...
Description: Welcome to our webshop for reading comprehension in social studies. This resource is designed for general and special education social studies teachers who want to support reading comprehension for students in their classes.  We’ll discuss why it’s critical to teach reading comprehension in social studies, introduce and model the instructional strategy of reciprocal teaching to try in your classes, and provide links to resources where you can find additional strategies...
Description: How are the “special” needs of students with disabilities met in a co-taught classroom? What drives the thinking of co-teachers as they co-plan, co-instruct and co-assess to meet the needs of all their students. As part of the Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education, co-teachers have developed resources including videos and lesson plans that are posted on the TTAC Online Real Co-Teachers of Virginia eWorkshops (Middle/High) to assist...
Description: How are the “special” needs of students with disabilities met in a co-taught classroom? What drives the thinking of co-teachers as they co-plan, co-instruct and co-assess to meet the needs of all their students. As part of the Excellence in Co-Teaching Initiative sponsored by the Virginia Department of Education, co-teachers have developed resources including videos and lesson plans that are posted on the TTAC Online Real Co-Teachers of Virginia eWorkshops (Elementary) to assist...
Description: Note: This module works best on Firefox and Google Chrome. This module will help inform teachers, counselors, and other key school personnel on how they can better understand the military culture and lifestyle. This module explores unique experiences and challenges of military-connected children and introduces strategies to support military families. Information about the Virginia Purple Star Designation Program for Schools (Virginia Department of Education) SOCIAL EMOTIONAL WELLNESS...
Description: Note: This module works best in Firefox and Chrome. This module will help inform teachers, counselors, and other key school personnel on how they can better understand the military culture and lifestyle. This module explores unique experiences and challenges of military-connected children and introduces strategies to support military families. Information about The Virginia Purple Star Designation Program for Schools (Virginia Department of Education) SOCIAL EMOTIONAL WELLNESS CONSIDERATIONS FOR...
Description: Welcome to the Instructional Strategies in Literacy: Phonemic Awareness webshop!  This webshop is one of five webshops designed for K-12 general and special education teachers to increase their knowledge and skills in current practices in the area of Literacy.  Phonemic awareness has been identified as one of the five critical skills by The National Reading Panel (2000).  If you have students struggling in reading, reading comprehension or spelling, they may require direct...
Description: Presented by: Matthew Newton Toys cost money and accessible toys can cost a LOT of money. However, with some simple, cheap materials and tools that can be acquired at a local craft store or online, along with a little know-how, YOU can adapt simple plush toys up to remote controlled cars to make them switch accessible. Take this online session to learn how simple it can be to adapt toys yourself.* For the live webinar, participants received a kit of materials in the mail to follow...
Description: Presented by: Nicole Stewart-Llamas When a student’s sensory needs are met, they can be more focused, engaged and ready to learn. Nicole shares how the staff at Gladeville Elementary School work together to meet the needs of ALL students. Their sensory room, mobile sensory path, sensory bins and alternate seating are available to all students. As sensory needs change and students move throughout the grades, sensory items move too! Sensory materials are seen as school resources rather...
Description: iPads are very useful tools and are now found in most classrooms around the country. This Webshop is a short tutorial on the basic controls which will help a new user get started. Note: The images and controls featured here are the same for iOS 11 up to iOS 13.1.2, except for the volume indicator icon. This icon has changed in the new iOS 13.1.2 update. The old and new icons are both featured in this webshop.
Description: In Part III of this series, participants will learn about oral language difficulties that they may encounter when working with students with speech-language impairments, specific learning disabilities, autism, emotional disabilities, and intellectual disabilities. They will also learn strategies to implement in their classrooms and ways to collaborate with school speech-language pathologists.
Description: In the second presentation of the Oral Language Development series, learners will explore typical oral language development. In this module you will learn about Typical language development for young children and How language development progresses for school-aged children
Description: In the first presentation of the Oral Language Development series, learners will explore the foundations of oral language. You will learn about Receptive language and Expressive language. You will also learn about the areas that comprise speech and language
Description: Presented by: Kelly Fonner The presenter shares ideas for creating practical integration plans and strategies that you and your staff can use to promote literacy learning with your children and students who use augmentative and/or alternative communication systems. This webinar integrates the model of participation process with the practices of balanced literacy instruction. Examples will be given of students who use their AAC systems in the learning and demonstration of literacy skills....
Description: Presented by: Kelly Fonner As concern for literacy learning heightens in educators of all students, we look to practices that promote a variety of strategies to meet the curriculum requirements of students with special needs. Technology used for literacy support is growing in practice. Teachers need ways to make informed choices amid all of the products that are being promoted for literacy in education. This recorded webinar connects the technology tools with functional skills in supporting...
Description: Presented by: Christopher Bugaj Working to provide students with a way to communicate is often a difficult task wrought with barriers and challenges. Learning language is less like one person opening a locked door and more like a team of construction workers building a house. Rarely is it the case that a dynamic augmentative communication device is put in place and then suddenly scores of language come spilling out of a student without persistent, focused support. It takes a consistent,...
Description: Presented by: Christopher Bugaj If a student is not successfully using verbal speech as her or his primary form of expression by the age of 3, the educators working with that student should be considering augmentative/alternative communication. All too often, the belief that a child is too young, too disabled, or simply not ready, prevents or delays the implementation of a robust AAC system to help learn language. In the first of a two-part session the autor examines practices for...
Description: Presented by: Mark Barlet The author talks about how communities are built around video games, and how students with disabilities are able to make meaningful long-term friendships using a shared love for a game.
Description: Presented by: James Gunther Come along and experience how technology and gaming can support cross-curricular activities. Are you ready to explore the various games, apps and devices that can support your students on this journey?
Description: Presented by: Carrie Clawson & Patti Drescher This is a fast-paced discussion of assistive technology to ease the transition from high school to post-secondary or employment environments. Many transitioning young adults struggle with time management, reading, note taking, and stress management. Tools and strategies are shared that the authors have found to be successful with this age group.
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: 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: 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 videos, lesson plans and other resources to share through these webshops. Additional videos, lesson plans and...
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 August 2019) 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 classrooms. But...
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: (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...