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Monday, April 23, 2012

Webinar Series on Assistive Technology (ADK Abilities)

New for 2012!! 
ADK Abilities is offering affordable and convenient assistive technology training through it's Webinar Series on Assistive Technology.
Register for the topics that interest you most and relate to your professional development needs.  Intended for teachers, administrators, related service providers and parents, our interactive Webinar platform will provide background information, strategies for effective application of Assistive Technology, and additional resources related to the topic. 

Registration is easy and quick.  Use PayPal to register online with a credit card, or download and print our registration form and submit it with a check or agency purchase order.

The $40 registration fee per Webinar includes one Certificate of Contact Hours.  Additional participants at a site can register for $5 and also receive Certificates of Contact Hours.
Webinar Topics and Schedule

AT Strategies for Written Expression:  Non- and Emergent-Writers
April 24, 2012       1:00 - 2:00
  • Gain an understanding of typical progression of writing development
  • Recognize students who will not follow typical progression
  • Explore low- to high-tech strategies to allow students to "write", such as eye-gaze, symbol supports, and specialized software
AT Strategies for Written Expression:  Struggling Writers
April 24, 2012       2:30 - 3:30
  • Identify barriers to the writing process
  • Explore low-tech supports for writing
  • Explore software to support writing, including word prediction, talking word processors, and speech recognition
AT Strategies to Support Literacy:  Non- and Emergent-Readers
May 22, 2012      1:00 - 2:00
  • Use of talking books and symbol or picture support to promote literacy
  • Resources for obtaining pre-made adaptive books or creating your own literacy projects to promote peer engagement
AT Strategies to Support Literacy:  Struggling Readers
May 22, 2012      2:30 - 3:30
  • Identify barriers to effective use of text
  • Explore low-tech supports for reading
  • Understand Accessible Instructional Materials and alternate text formats
Facilitating Inclusion & Social Interaction through AT
June 19, 2012     2:30 - 3:30
  • Review AT tools used to promote active participation by students with severe/multiple disabilities
  • Recognize strategies for making activities age-appropriate and meaningful for all participants
Supporting Math Instruction and Participation through AT
July 24, 2012     2:30 - 3:30
  • Review resources for providing scaffolded support in math instruction
  • Learn modifications to math manipulatives
  • Become familiar with software to compensate for physical access issues
Executive Function: Improving Productivity & Organization through AT
August 28, 2012     1:00 - 2:00
  • Review low-tech to high-tech supports for memory, multi-step directions or organization
  • Become familiar with readily available or free resources for executive functioning
Digital Graphic Organizers:  Embedded Supports for Presentation & Expression
August 28, 2012     2:30 - 3:30
  • Identify who could benefit from the use of graphic organizers
  • Present instructional materials with support for diverse learners through embedded supports
  • Identify strategies to help students develop more meaningful written expression

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