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1000 E. University Ave. Dept. 4298

Laramie, WY 82071

Phone: (307) 766-2506

Email: projectecho@uwyo.edu

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 the Wyoming Department of Education and Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources.

Sessions are on Mondays, weekly, 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. 
via Zoom video conferencing technology.


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Learning Topics - SPRING 2018

Session information subject to change, please check back regularly.

*Registration encouraged but not required to attend sessions*

January 8

AT 101 Series: Team building and Support
This 2-part series will focus on specific strategies that can be utilized to promote team building to support assistive technology in the classroom.

Presenter:
Gayl Bowser, M. Ed.

January 15

No Session

January 22

AT 101 Series: Team Building and Support
This 2-part series will focus on specific strategies that can be utilized to promote team building to support assistive technology in the classroom.

Presenter:
Gayl Bowser, M. Ed.

January 29

Literacy Development for AAC Users
Learn about the evidence, intervention strategies, and activities to promote literacy for the emerging Augmentative and Alternative Communication user in this 4 part series.

Presenters:
Mary Jo Cooley-Hidecker, PhD, MS, MA, CCC-A/SLP
Terri Wofford, MS CCC-SLP

February 5

Literacy Development for AAC Users
Learn about the evidence, intervention strategies, and activities to promote literacy for the emerging Augmentative and Alternative Communication user in this 4 part series.

Presenters:
Mary Jo Cooley-Hidecker, PhD, MS, MA, CCC-A/SLP
Terri Wofford, MS CCC-SLP

February 12

Creating Access to Promote Literacy Development for AAC Users
Session will cover making print materials accessible through using Bookshare, Learning Ally, and adapting books and ensuring access to AAC systems.

Presenters:
Felicia Arce, M.Ed., ATP
Ryan Rausch, MOT, OTR/L, ATP

February 19

Literacy Development for AAC Users
Learn about the evidence, intervention strategies, and activities to promote literacy for the emerging Augmentative and Alternative Communication user in this 4 part series.

Presenters:
Mary Jo Cooley-Hidecker, PhD, MS, MA, CCC-A/SLP
Terri Wofford, MS CCC-SLP

February 26

Dyslexia and Technology: Partners for Life
Session participants will understand the potential educational barriers for students with Dyslexia and the role of technology in supporting students with Dyslexia and gain resources to address areas of educational concerns.

Presenter:
Debra Fitzgibbons, Coordinator for the Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP) and Regional & Statewide Services for Students with Orthopedic Impairment (RSOI)

March 5

AEM

Presenter:
Felicia Arce, M.Ed., ATP

March 12

No Session

March 19

iCreate: Creating Low-Tech AT Solutions
Therese Willkomm, the "MacGyver of Assistive Technology", will discuss how she uses every day materials to create low-tech solutions for individuals with disabilities in a 2 part series. Service providers, teachers, therapists, parents, caregivers, and others will walk away from this 2 part series sessions with a new, creative outlook on assistive technology solutions.

Presenter:
Therese Willkomm, Ph.D., ATP, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of New Hampshire

March 26

iCreate: Creating Low-Tech AT Solutions
Therese Willkomm, the"MacGyver of Assistive Technology", will discuss how she uses every day materials to create low-tech solutions for individuals with disabilities in a 2 part series. Service providers, teachers, therapists, parents, caregivers, and others will walk away from this 2 part series sessions with a new, creative outlook on assistive technology solutions.

Presenter:
Therese Willkomm, Ph.D., ATP, Clinical Associate Professor at the University of New Hampshire

April 2

Libraries Enhancing Rural Access for Neighbors (LEARN) Project
In this session, the Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources (WATR) and Wyoming State Library (WSL) will highlight their collaboration to increase assistive technology (AT) awareness through AT Toolkits at a Wyoming library near you. Learn about the AT that is inside and how to get your hands on these amazing tools.

Presenters:
Tekla Slider, MLIS
Felicia Arce, M.Ed, ATP
Ryan Rausch, MOT, OTR/L, ATP

Session Registration*

April 9

Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP) Allowable Accommodations
In this session, the Wyoming Assistive Technology Resource team will introduce available accommodations for the Wyoming Test of Proficiency and Progress (WY-TOPP). Session participants will gain an understanding of who is eligible for accommodations, the various types and purpose of accommodations, and how to ensure the accommodations are available for a student.

Presenters:
Felicia Arce, M.Ed, ATP
Ryan Rausch, MOT, OTR/L, ATP

Session Registration*

April 16

Unique Curriculum
During this overview of Unique Learning System, you will learn how using this program gives students with various support needs access to the general curriculum. Participants will explore differentiated lessons and activities, data collection to inform instruction and track progress, and resources describing best practices for including students with various support needs in the classroom.

Presenter:
Karrie Welch, M. Ed., Professional Development Specialist, n2y

Session Registration*

April 23

Remote App Lending and New AT in the WATR Loan Library
Join the Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources as they unveil a new addition to the loan program, remote app lending. Come learn about how you can trial, oftentimes expensive, apps that WATR has purchased on your own personal iPad for free. Session participants will learn about how remote app lending works and how to take advantage of this new, amazing service that WATR is providing.

Presenter:
Ryan Rausch, MOT, OTR/L, ATP

Session Registration*

April 30

Discussions, Topics for Next Year, and Next Steps
Network Session Wrap-up

Presenters:
WATR Team


Assistive Technology brochure hyperlink Sign up for ECHO updates hyperlink

Learning Topics - Fall 2017

September 19

Intro WATR/WIND/AEM
Learn about the Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources program and the services and resources that you can utilize.

Presenters:
Ryan Rausch, MOT, OTR/L, ATP
Felicia Arce, M.Ed., ATP

September 25

Wearable Technology
During this session, participants will learn about some of the wearable technologies available and their benefits for the every day living, learning, working and playing.

Presenters:
Carolyn P. Phillips, M.Ed., CPACC
Martha E. Rust, MS, CRC, ATP

October 2

How Dyslexics Will Rule the Future
Tiffany will provide information to educators, students, and parents about the strengths of dyslexia plus strategies for helping students manage the daily challenges of dyslexia.

Presenter:
Tiffany Sunday, MBA, Director of Business Development, Scanning Pen

October 9

AT 101 Series: Framing an AT Question
Participants will learn how to frame an assistive technology (AT) question for a student. This essential AT assessment component helps guide a team in selecting meaningful AT to help a student participate in their school-related activities.

Presenter:
Gayl Bowser, M.Ed.

October 16

Chromebooks as Assistive Technology – Part 1
Google’s Chrome and Chromebooks are revolutionizing the way students and educators are using computers. In the Chromebook series, Mike will explore how Chromebooks can be used in the classroom to provide universal supports across the curriculum to all learners.

Presenter:
Mike Marotta, ATP

October 23

Chromebooks as Assistive Technology – Part 2
Google’s Chrome and Chromebooks are revolutionizing the way students and educators are using computers. In the Chromebook series, Mike will explore how Chromebooks can be used in the classroom to provide universal supports across the curriculum to all learners.

Presenter:
Mike Marotta, ATP

October 30

Chromebooks as Assistive Technology – Part 3
Google’s Chrome and Chromebooks are revolutionizing the way students and educators are using computers. In the Chromebook series, Mike will explore how Chromebooks can be used in the classroom to provide universal supports across the curriculum to all learners.

Presenter:
Mike Marotta, ATP

November 6

Chromebooks as Assistive Technology – Part 4
Google’s Chrome and Chromebooks are revolutionizing the way students and educators are using computers. In the Chromebook series, Mike will explore how Chromebooks can be used in the classroom to provide universal supports across the curriculum to all learners.

Presenter:
Mike Marotta, ATP

November 13

AT 101 Series: Students Who Enter with AT
Session will discuss and provide strategies on supporting a new student who utilizes assistive technology in the classroom.

Presenter:
Gayl Bowser, M.Ed.

November 20

No Session

November 27

Emerging Technologies: The C-Pen – a Portable Pen Scanner
Learn how the C-Pen, an assistive technology tool, can enhance learning in your classroom. The C-Pen Reader is a totally portable, pocket-sized device that reads text aloud with an English or Spanish human-like digital voice.

Presenter:
Tiffany Sunday, MBA, Director of Business Development, Scanning Pen

December 4

Emerging Technologies: Alternative Access
In this session, participants will learn about alternative access for Android Phones and Tablets. The Sesame Phone is the world’s first completely touch-free smartphone, designed by and for people with disabilities.

Presenters:
Rowee Benbenishty, Business and Product Development, Sesame Enable Ltd.
Felicia Arce, M.Ed., ATP
Ryan Rausch, MOT, OTR/L, ATP

December 11

Emerging Technologies: Smart Environments for School, Work, and Home
This session will cover smart speakers and peripherals to help a person in their student or work roles.

Presenters:
Felicia Arce, M.Ed., ATP
Ryan Rausch, MOT, OTR/L, ATP

December 18 - January 1

No Sessions

January 8

AT 101 Series: Team building and Support

Gayl Bowser, M.Ed.

January 15

No Session


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