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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.

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Spring 2023 Learning Topics

February 2: Assistive Technology Equipment Management

Tobias Orr, Director, Assistive Technology Partnership (ATP) Nebraska, will explain the many ways their program works with educators using the AT4ALL database. The WATR team will explain how school districts can benefit from AT4ALL, as well as WDE's assistive technology disposition policy.

Presenters: Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources Team and Tobias Orr, Director, AT Partnership

February 16: Tracking Assistive Technology Usage

Knowbility will be discussing assistive technology indicated on an IEP that will be used during state assessments and included in the state data collection.

Presenter: Jessica McKay, Director of Community Programs, Knowbility 

March 2: Educator Roles in Assistive Technology

Gayl Bowser, Lead Assistive Technology Trainer and Independent Consultant will discuss the roles of assistive technology teams, general education teachers, and administrators in providing assistive technology to students.

Presenter: Gayl Bowser, Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources

March 16: Assistive Technology/Augmentative and Alternative Communication Funding

Join this session to learn about funding options for speech generating devices and assistive technology in Wyoming.

Presenter:Terri Wofford, Wyoming Assistive Technology Resources

March 30: Use of Assistive Technology: Engaging School Staff on Universal Design for Learning

This presentation will discuss the importance of gaining buy-in from teachers and other school staff on the use of assistive technology. We will debunk common myths surrounding AT and explore strategies to increase staff understanding and comfort level with AT.

Presenters: Shelby Kappler, Assistive Technology Program Specialist Team

*March 30 Session Registration*

April 13: The Ethics of Assistive Technology

Session description coming soon.

Presenters: "Patricia A Bahr, MSE, ATP, RET, RESNA Fellow Bahr Assistive Technology Consulting, LLC

*April 13 Session Registration*

April 27: Teamwork by Assistive Technology Teams

Session description coming soon.

Presenter: Sayard Bass, AT Coordinator for Southwest Cook County Cooperative Association For Special Education

*April 27 Session Registration*

May 11: What We Learned: Outcomes of the 2022-2023 Wyoming AT Teams Development Project

Throughout the school year, four Wyoming school districts have been working hard to develop assistive technology teams for their district. They participated in an in-person workshop, completed twelve online modules, spent countless hours learning how to conduct an AT assessment, and put together new procedures surrounding AT in their respective districts. Join us this week to hear about each team's experience and how their new operating guidelines will be implemented.

Presenter: Shelby Kappler, Assistive Technology Program Specialist

*May 11 Session Registration*

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