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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 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 (Fall 2020)

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

September 10: Technology Resources for Older Adults

This session will discuss COVID-19 and social isolation, the potential of technology for older adults, the Tech2Connect Program, and teaching seniors to use technology.

Presenters: Ryan Rausch, MOT, Assistive Technology Specialist, Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources, Wyoming Institute for Disabilities

September 24: Technology to Decrease Social Isolation for Seniors

Let’s empower seniors of ALL abilities to leverage the benefits of tech to overcome barriers, connect with others, and reduce loneliness!
Join Joan Green, an online tech coach, to learn more about recent advances that can greatly enhance the lives of seniors and those who help them. During the presentation, Joan will share the tools, features, apps and devices that she uses the most when helping older adults. It’s hard to learn more about what you may not realize exists to promote social connection and minimize the harmful effects of stress and isolation.  We all need help keeping up with this constantly changing world of technology that has become so much more affordable and accessible. Joan’s mission is to help families, seniors and colleagues become more tech-savvy to improve communication, cognition and overall quality of life. During this 30 minute presentation, Joan will share her top picks for video calls, accessibility features on mainstream devices and enjoyable activities to explore together online to promote personal connections, cognitive stimulation, and meaningful relationships.

Presenter: Joan Green, M.A., CCC-SLP, Licensed and Certified Speech-Language Pathologist, AT Specialist and Tech Coach, Founder of Innovative Speech Therapy 

October 8: AT Assessment Strategies for Older Adults

Learning Objectives: Participants will be introduced to the importance of using a conceptual model to guide AT evaluation; delineate the steps of an AT evaluation; and be introduced to evaluation considerations specific to older adults who may be using AT. 

Presenter: Lynn Gitlow, PhD, OTR/L, ATP-OT; Lecturer, Department of Occupational Therapy, Ithaca College

October 22: Meet an Older Adult Who Has Successfully Incorporated AT

Presenter: TBA

*Oct 22 Session Registration*

November 5: Transition Supports

Using the quality indicators for assistive technology (QIAT) in the area of transition, we will discuss strategies to support students use of AT as they transition from all settings, and with a specific focus on preparing for post-secondary transition. Student examples will be shared and discussed.

Presenter: Joan Breslin Larson, Independent Consultant, AT and UDL Specialist
Joan is an independent consultant in assistive technology and educational leadership. She formerly was the state specialist for AT for the Minnesota Department of Education, and a supervisor of low incidence disabilities services. She is a member of the QIAT Leadership Team and a frequent presenter at state and national conferences

*Nov 5 Session Registration*

November 19: Assessment for Students in Transition

Presenter: TBA

*Nov 19 Session Registration*

December 3: Virtual AT Supports for Students in Transition

Presenter: Sayard Bass

*Dec 3 Session Registration*

December 17: Meeting a Student in Transition Who Uses AT

Presenter: Megan Friderich

*Dec 17 Session Registration*

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Phone: (307) 766-2977


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