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Assistive Technology

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UW ECHO in Assistive Technology provides training and the sharing of best practices for educators and service providers to consider, implement and evaluate the use of assistive technology to improve outcomes for students.

Network participants include assistive technology professionals, specialists and teams, school administrators, general and special education teachers, paraeducators, case managers, school counselors, school psychologists, state agency staff, and special education service providers, including OTs, PTs, SLPs, etc.

UW ECHO in Assistive Technology is a collaboration with Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources.


Sessions

Sessions are on Thursdays, bi-weekly,
11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. MT
via Zoom video conferencing technology.

Instructions for joining Zoom are available. Zoom also provides access for users with physical disabilities, blindness, and low vision through a range of keyboard shortcuts.

Past Sessions:

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Learning Topics (Spring 2021)

*Session materials will be sent to registrants prior to the meeting time.*

January 28: Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources for Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) and Speech Generating Devices (SGDs)

Join this session for an overview of low/mid/high tech AAC items and SGD's available from the Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources. Presenter will share information about various communication apps, AAC assessment tools, and resources for AAC implementation.

Presenter: Terri Wofford, M.S., SLP-CCC, Speech-Language Pathologist, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

*Jan 28 Session Registration*

February 11: Thinking Inside the Box - Choosing the Right AAC App

This one session takes a look at the myriad of different AAC applications (on devices, tablets and iPads). We will spend time discussing the cognitive considerations of AAC use and propose a system for organizing and understanding the different ways popular AAC applications support effective and efficient communication across environments, while promoting age appropriate language development. Participants will gain information to assist in choosing appropriate AAC systems and understanding the systems they are currently using.

Presenter: Vicki Clarke, CEO, Dynamic Therapy Associates, Inc. (DTA, Inc.)

*Feb 11 Session Registration*

February 25: AAC Teletherapy - Tips and Tools for Success

In March 2020, many of us were required to quickly pivot to virtual learning. After much trial, error, learning and collaboration, teletherapy is now a valuable and accessible tool for AAC support. Teaching AAC learners virtually is nuanced and requires modeling an AAC system, engaging digital activities, and coaching the circle of support. This session will explore tips and technology tools to support all aspects of remote AAC instruction.

Presenter: Sarah Gregory, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist and Assistive Technology Consultant, Ithaca City School District (New York)

*Feb 25 Session Registration*

March 11: Family Support for the AAC/SGD User

Presenter: TBA

*Mar 11 Session Registration*

March 25: Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources for Individuals with Autism

Join this session for an overview of AT items available from the Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR) and how they can benefit individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).

Presenters: Terri Wofford, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist and Rachel Freedman, M.A., M.S., BCBA, LABA, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

*Mar 25 Session Registration*

April 8: AT Considerations for Individuals with Autism

Presenters: Terri Wofford, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist and Rachel Freedman, M.A., M.S., BCBA, LABA, Board Certified Behavior Analyst, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

*Apr 8 Session Registration*

April 22: Virtual Supports for Adapted Living Skills

Learn how you can provide visual supports for adapted living skills using the Accessible Chef website.

Presenter: Terri Wofford, M.S., CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities and Anna Moyer, Developer, Accessible Chef website

*Apr 22 Session Registration*

May 6: Family, Support, Autism, and AT

In this session, a parent will share her perspective on using AT/AAC with her son.

Presenter: Susan Delicath, Parent

*May 6 Session Registration*

May 22: Wrap-Up

Presenter: Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR) team

*May 22 Session Registration*

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