Dec
4
3:00 PM15:00

Monthly Web Conference: SWAAAC 101 - Assistive Technology and the Law: Is Your District Compliant?

Presented by Sherry Oakley and the Aurora Public Schools SWAAAC Team.

This presentation will review the assistive technology legal requirements and considerations relevant to special education service providers and IEP teams. The presenters will review legal case citations and rulings in an effort to provide professionals information for addressing assistive technology concerns in the educational setting, as well as, providing examples of how one district is using this book to provide an underlying structure to their assistive technology team. 

"Assistive Technology in Special Education: Identifying Student Needs, Responding to Parent Requests, and Other Compliance Issues" By Teri E. Engler, Esq. 2013

One hour of professional development contact hours will be available for each installment of SWAAAC 101 you attend. Register today!

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Nov
16
9:00 AM09:00

Getting Hands-on with Accessible Educational Materials

Whether you prefer commercial software, free and open source tools or some combination thereof, the age old challenge remains - How to quickly and efficiently get accessible versions of print materials into the hands of your students with learning disabilities when and where they are needed.  This day-long, hands-on session will focus where the rubber meets the road. Attendees will be guided through the configuration of software and services focusing on products from Kurzweil, Don Johnston, and TextHelp Systems as well as free extensions and apps for Chrome OS and iOS.  Once configured, attendees will engage hands-on with literature titles, textbooks, exams, handouts, worksheets and more all the while discussing their experiences and problem solving for their particular needs. Practice makes perfect so ample time will be allotted to creating accessible materials. Less theory, more practice…. That’s the idea.

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Nov
13
3:00 PM15:00

Monthly Web Conference: SWAAAC 101 - State Assessment Accommodations

Presented by CDE Consultant Melinda Roden.

Implementing and integrating AT into a student’s daily routines in order to achieve academic outcomes is always a priority. However, establishing AT accommodations for assessment ensures students with AT needs are able to demonstrate what they’ve learned. This session will cover the rules and procedures for AT Accommodations on the state assessments.

One hour of professional development contact hours will be available for each installment of SWAAAC 101 you attend. Register today!

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Nov
12
1:00 PM13:00

Language for a Lifetime: An Introduction to PRC & Assistive Technology Partners Open Lab

Prentke Romich Company (PRC) is dedicated to providing communication solutions for individuals who are non-verbal and industry-best support to those clients and their teams. This two-hour class will provide an introduction to the hardware, software, and support from PRC. Access methods available on PRC products, including touch, switch scanning, NuPoint, and NuEye will be shown, and current devices will be available for hands-on exploration. The various language software options available on PRC devices (including the Unity family of vocabularies, Word Power, and Essence) will be demonstrated, giving participants an understanding of which software options are appropriate for different clients. Finally, product training, implementation support, and other resources will be reviewed. This course is intended for any individual wanting to learn about PRC products and services. 

Immediately following the PRC sponsored training, the SWAAAC program will offer an Open Lab opportunity for hands-on experiences with the Loan Library’s PRC devices.

If you are unable to attend the live events, please feel free to join us via GoToTraining.  
*You must register to receive the weblink for GoToTraining.

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Oct
30
9:00 AM09:00

Repeated: Eyegaze Technology for the Emergent Communicator & Assistive Technology Partners Open Lab

This implementation-based workshop will begin by reviewing the technical and functional aspects of eye tracking technology and various Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) language systems for the emergent communicator. AAC communication language organization and page set options successfully supported by eye gaze access method will be identified. Finally, communication partner strategies to support successful participation and interaction will be reviewed. 

Immediately following the Tobii Dynavox sponsored training, the SWAAAC program will offer an Open Lab opportunity for hands-on experiences with the Loan Library’s Tobii Dynavox devices.

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Oct
29
9:00 AM09:00

Eyegaze Technology for the Emergent Communicator & Assistive Technology Partners Open Lab

This implementation-based workshop will begin by reviewing the technical and functional aspects of eye tracking technology and various Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) language systems for the emergent communicator. AAC communication language organization and page set options successfully supported by eye gaze access method will be identified. Finally, communication partner strategies to support successful participation and interaction will be reviewed. 

Immediately following the Tobii Dynavox sponsored training, the SWAAAC program will offer an Open Lab opportunity for hands-on experiences with the Loan Library’s Tobii Dynavox devices.

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Oct
17
3:00 PM15:00

Monthly Web Conference: SWAAAC 101 - Assistive Technology Assessment

Presented by Douglas County School District AT Specialists Sara Rode, MA CCC-SLP & Shelly Elfner, MS CCC-SLP.

This web conference will cover fundamental elements and tools for AT Assessment within a K-12 environment. Along with widely accepted assessment tools like the Wisconsin Assistive Technology Initiative (WATI) protocols and Student, Environments, Tasks, and Tools (SETT) Framework, we will also explore the adaptation of standardized tools, rubrics, and data collection strategies.

One hour of professional development contact hours will be available for each installment of SWAAAC 101 you attend. Register today!

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Sep
25
8:00 AM08:00

SWAAAC Fall Training - Coaching Fundamentals for Educators

  • Anschutz Medical Campus - Fulginiti Pavillion, Gossard Forum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

This essential full day workshop provides an introduction to coaching; what it is and what it is not. Classrooms are challenging environments and educators are faced with ever increasing demands. Strong foundational knowledge of coaching principles are essential in shaping instructional practices and effecting behavioral change in the classroom. This workshop will introduce the four support functions of coaching (coach, collaborate, consult, and evaluate) and when to use each strategy. Also on the agenda, Holonomy and the Five States of Mind according to Costa & Garmston and the effect they have on thinking and perspective. The coaching cycle will be discussed, as well as tools to successfully empower others to solve their own problems in order to build strong collaborative environments. If you work with assistive technology in the classroom, you know the importance of coaching others on implementation yet this important skill is rarely taught. Come and learn how you can be a better coach!

Participants will have an opportunity to observe and practice effective use of paraphrasing, and planning and reflective conversation.

Everyone will leave with a plan for implementation and resources to support extended learning.

Participants will:

  1. Develop/deepen their understanding of the essence of coaching.
  2. Establish common vocabulary and their meanings associated with coaching.
  3. Understand the four support functions (coaching, collaborating, consulting and evaluating) and when to use each.
  4. Increase comfort and confidence in coaching and being coached.

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Sep
21
1:00 PM13:00

Simplifying AAC in the Classroom to Develop Early Literacy Skills & Assistive Technology Partners Open Lab

This course will provide participants with an in depth overview of modeling, core vocabulary and basic skills to integrate literacy in the classroom. In order to increase communication for students using AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) devices, it is important to develop reading and writing skills for these individuals. In addition, reading and writing are critical to academic success. Participants will learn strategies to increase communication and gain new skills to incorporate AAC in academic settings. Additionally, participants will learn about tools used successfully in the classroom. 

Immediately following the Saltillo sponsored training, the SWAAAC program will offer an Open Lab opportunity for hands-on experiences with the Loan Library’s Saltillo devices.

If you are unable to attend the live events, please feel free to join us via Zoom.  
*You must register to receive the weblink for Zoom.

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Sep
18
3:00 PM15:00

Monthly Web Conference: SWAAAC 101 - Using the Loan Library

Join us for the first installment of SWAAAC 101: Using the Loan Library. Join the central office SWAAAC staff for in depth overview of how to effectively use the loan library and the resources it offers.

One hour of professional development contact hours will be available for each installment of SWAAAC 101 you attend. Register today!

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May
31
3:30 PM15:30

Assistive Technology Learning Lab

Stop by Assistive Technology Partners office anytime between 3:30pm and 6:00pm on Thursday, May 31st to get some hands-on exposure to the AT available in the SWAAAC & Tech for Tykes Loan Library. This informal 'open house' style event will feature opportunities to trial equipment, ask questions and interact with the Assistive Technology Partners staff, tour the AT Loan Library, and network with fellow AT service providers. 

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