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Monday, May 2, 2016

Training from ATEC and Goodwill OC

Parent & Caregiver Workshops:
Understanding Assistive Technology & AT Services Workshop
When: Wednesday, July 6th from 10-11 a.m. (English) and Thursday, July 7th from 10-11 a.m. (Spanish)
Location: ATEC (1601 E. Saint Andrew Place, Santa Ana)
Description: Have you seen or heard about Assistive Technology (AT) and want to learn more about it? Are you interested to see how AT may benefit your child or loved one? Then this workshop is for you! This workshop will cover topics to learn  more about Assistive Technology devices, equipment and software as well as the services and supports offered. During the workshop, we will cover the following topics:
  • Introduction to AT and Equipment Demonstration
  • AT Services, including Assessment, Training, etc.
  • Funding
  • Resources
  • Questions & Answers
To register or for more information about any of the courses, please contact Ivan Medina or 714.361.6200 x233.

Professional Development:

AT Tools to Support Reading & Writing
Presented by: Kevin Daugherty, Rehabilitation Engineer, RESNA ATP certified
When: Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.
Location: ATEC (1601 E. Saint Andrew Place, Santa Ana)
Cost: $60/per person
DescriptionPractical overview of common AT applications for computers and tablets. Examples include talking word processors, word predication software, speech recognition software and text-to-speech applications. Attendees will learn the general categories of AT and this session will provide ideas for developing a toolkit of AT equipment for evaluation.

Proloquo2Go Crash Course
Presented by: Randi Wasano, CCC-SLP, RESNA ATP certified, Proloquo2Go certified trainer
When: Tuesday, August 23rd, 2016 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Assistiveware Event Code: EA57F-6921D
Location: ATEC (1601 E. Saint Andrew Place, Santa Ana)
Cost: $140/per person
Description: Full-day, hands-on course where attendees will review layout of Proloquo2Go, how to create a new user and the different vocabulary options available. Review basic programming and editing processes and button/folder properties. Review appearance, speech, access methods, interaction, grammar, prediction, vocabulary, restrictions, privacy, general options, and social sharing. Review guided access, creating manual boards, iPad accessories, etc. Discuss specific cases through case study and discussion.
Spaces already filling up for this course, register now!
Introduction to Speech Recognition
Presented by: Kevin Daugherty, Rehabilitation Engineer, RESNA ATP certified
When: Wednesday, August 24th, 2016 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
Location: ATEC (1601 E. Saint Andrew Place, Santa Ana)
Cost: $60/per person
Description: Provide an overview of speech recognition application. Comparison of speech recognition software and how to select the appropriate option. Strategies for providing training and application in a school or work environment. 

To register or for more information about any of the courses, please contact Lauren Wetzler or 714.361.6200 x226.

AT Coalition - FREE Upcoming Webinars

Free Webinars - Post-Secondary, Adults & General

ARIA ("Accessible Rich Internet Applications") Made EASI from EASI
Tuesday May 3 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Accessibility Basics from ssbBART at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern (30 min.)
May 12th – Data Tables
May 26th – Keyboard Accessibility

The Importance of Accessibility in Disability Employment from Accessibility Online
Thursday, May 19, 2016 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Introducing CAMI at GA Tech from EASI ((for minority-serving colleges)
Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern
  (Note: funded by a US First in the World grant for improving higher education.)

Free Webinars - PreSchool

Getting Preschoolers with a Disability Off to a Great Start from the Colorado DoE
Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern
Free Webinars -  K-12 Educators & Parents

A 2-part series from CTD Cafe:
The ABCs of Accessibility and Accommodations in State Assessments 
April 29, 2016 at 12:30pm Pacific, 3:30pm Eastern (75 min.)
Accessibility and Accommodations Challenges in Technology-Based State Assessments on May 9, 2016 at 12:30pm Pacific, 3:30pm Eastern (75 min.)

Using QIAT to Improve AT Services (2 parts)  from AbleNet
May 9 & May 26, 2016 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Assistive to Inclusive: Technology Perspectives & Trends from CTD Cafe
May 11, 2016 at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern

Games to Promote Student Learning from AbleNet
May 18, 2016 at 9am Pacific, noon Eastern (45 min.)

Keyboards for All Learners from Pacer
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at 4:30pm Pacific, 7:30pm Eastern (90 min.)

BeSpoke voices: Empowering personal and social self-identity for those who rely on speech generating devices to communicate from CTD Cafe
May 26, 2016 at at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern

Supporting Students with Dyslexia: Standards, Accommodations, and Strategiesfrom CTD Cafe on June 2, 2016 at 2pm Pacific, 5pm Eastern

Two from iCATER: (Scroll down page to May dates) No pre-reg. but log onto thewebinar platform at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern. (Download required 1st time.) Sessions may be 20 minutes.
  • May 4 – Virtual Manipulatives
  • May 11 - Going Places (No details: GPS?)
All sessions start at 3:30PM Pacific, 6:30PM Eastern. (1 hr.)
May 3 - Speech Recognition
May 4 - Intro to IntelliKeys & Overlay Maker
May 5 - iPad Accessibility: What’s New
May 10 - Managing iPads in Your District- Practical Strategies
May 11 - Chrome Tools    
May 12 - Overview of Switch Access to the iPad: Hardware and Settings
May 16 - AAC with Switch Access for iPad
May 17 - Reading Accommodations using BookShare w
May 18 - Boardmaker: Beyond the Basics
May 19 - AT and 3-D Printers
May 26 - The Role of OTs & PTs in AAC

Archived Webinars 

The Importance of User Testing for Accessibility from PEAT
Web Accessibility 101 from Deque
Low Tech Engagement for the High Tech Classroom from the Colorado DoE
Remote Support Technology – AT to Support Living at Home from MaineCite

Four from the Kansas State School for the Blind:
  • Preparing for an AT Assessment
  • Administering an AT Assessment
  • How to Use VoiceOver
  • Accessibility Basics: Mac & Windows
Four from RESNA Catalyst Project:
  • Mobile Technology @ Work for Persons with Intellectual Disabilities
  • The ADA, Sensory Disabilities, and Assistive Technology: Core Technologies for Nonvisual Access
  • An Update on Cognitive Aids for People with Brain Injury
  • Assistive Technology and Access to the Vote

8-Day AT Specialist Certificate Program

Registration is now open for the 8 Day AT Specialist Certificate Program
Secure the early registration discount through June 10, 2016
There are only 20 spaces in this yearly course.

Oops, I forgot to tell you to go to the link and pre-register to hold your spot even if you are paying in July.  
I hate telling people there isn't any room so don't wait.  
Use this the current budget or pay in July you can indicate which payment date on the pre-registration form. Thanks!

The dates for this year:
Sept. 7 & 8, 28 & 29, Nov. 2 & 3, and Dec. 12 & 13, 2016

OR     (Pre-register to hold your place and send personal or district pre-payment by due dates)
I hope to hear from you soon or see you at one of the events.
Phone: 626-298-1111     email:    


Minspeak E-Newsletter, Issue 144

  • Spread the Word: "I'm so excited about using music to help teach core vocabulary. I used the songs from the last couple of newsletters. They inspired me to core-out another song for my daughter! She really loves learning through music. I'm telling everyone that music and Minspeak is a great way to learn how to say core vocabulary."  from Miriam in FL
  • Core It Out: Do you regularly core-out materials for your students? Here's a copy of "Stop! In the Name of Love" cored-out for Unity™60 customized. There's both a PDF and a WORD version, in case you need to customize the codes. If there's something that you've cored out, please send it to be featured in an upcoming newsletter.
  • Teach-Talk-Test: Take the 2016 "America's Next Top Modeler" challenge. Modeling, also known as Aided Language Stimulation, is an evidence-based teaching practice. Challenge #8: Practice modeling the following words and phrases: stop, love, think it over; and then rehearse modeling the song "Stop In the Name of Love".
  • Spotlight: ASHA SIG 12 is planning a live Online Chat Event with three former recipients of the Edwin and Esther Prentke AAC Distinguished Lecture: Chris Klein, Rick Creech, and Bobby O'Gurek. Be on the lookout for announcements about this exciting event.