Monday, April 4, 2022 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM - Concurrent Sessions

Tuesday,  April 5, 2022  11:00 AM to 12:00 PM



Monday,  April 4, 2022  8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

A1 – What's New with PRC-Saltillo - Salon D 

By Betsy Clifford

In this session, we will review recent updates within PRC-Saltillo, an AAC device company. Since March 2020, PRC-Saltillo has released a new device (hello Via Pro), launched a new Trial Device Program (keep your trial device until your new one arrives), created a new TeleTips AAC website, updated the Empower (PRC) software and Chat (Saltillo) software with many exciting new additions and a more user-friendly experience, upgraded AAC Language Lab, and other online resources, and in Missouri, the consultant coverage has changed. We will review these enhancements and changes. Please join in on this informational session. We are proud of our new offerings and products!


A2  – FREE UDL Tools to Support Reading and Writing Across Multiple Web Browsers (Also available as a virtual session) - Video Conference Theater

By Tara Wineinger


During this presentation, I will demonstrate a variety a vast array of tools that can be used to support students with disabilities. We will demonstrate how to use these tools and how ANYONE can access them. Tools supported will support struggling readers, writers, and executive functioning deficits.
The tools used will be compatible with the Windows 11 operating systems and able to be implemented on laptops or Chromebooks. Apple products will not be addressed in this session.

A3  – What's Up with Wolfner (Also available as a virtual session) - Salon E

by Salena Morgan

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This presentation will go over the current and emerging services and technology available to people with significant visual impairments, print disabilities (e.g. dyslexia), as well as some physical disabilities (e.g. Parkinson’s disease) that prevent the use of traditional print materials. The Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library provides library services and materials in large print, braille, and audio formats free of charge to all eligible patrons.

Topics will include:

  • Who, what, why… an overview of Wolfner Library services
  • “Zoom” into the library! Virtual programming and events
  • Digital on Demand- more books, less cartridges and no waiting!
  • Bring on the BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download) services
  • Braille E-readers are closer than they appear! An update on the NLS E-reader program


A4 – Using Technology to Support Individuals in the Community - Salon F & G

by Jeff Grosvenor


Our presentation will provide information about 2getherTech remote support services that can increase an individual’s level of independence, reduce the need for direct care staff and provide a safe and healthy home. Our presenters will demonstrate the equipment and provide examples of how our services are helping support individuals in natural homes and in contract provider settings. We will also discuss the safeguards used to monitor the system and how parents, guardians and other treatment team members can access the dashboard 24/7 for real time updates from a smartphone, iPad or computer connected to the internet.

Our system has been successfully supporting individuals for over ten years and we continue to add sensors and make other improvements as the technology continues to improve. The system uses a base station in the home to communicate with the sensors and cell phone towers are used to communicate with our software. The system does not require the internet or the individual to purchase or provide any type of equipment. Our staff work with the individual, guardian, service coordinator and all other interested parties to install sensors to meet the needs of the individual. Our system is tailored to meet the needs of the individual. We provide a 30-day free trial period for individuals participating in one of the Division of Developmental Disabilities Medicaid Waiver programs to try the system and make sure we can meet their needs.

We look forward to working with anyone interested in hearing more about our services.



Monday, April 4, 2022 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions

B1 – Inclusive Learning, Therapy and Play with Cosmo - Salon D

By Georgios Papadakis, Ewa Bukowska of Filisia



At Filisia, we work at the intersection of Healthtech and Edtech. We develop learning and assistive technology devices to help create inclusive learning, therapy and play environments that effectively support people of all ages and abilities to communicate, learn and play.

Cosmo is a unique educational technology resource allowing to create a fully inclusive learning, therapy and play environment. Combined of interactive Cosmoid switches and a collection of evidence-based games, Cosmo aims to support the development of a variety of cognitive and physical skills, adding an extra layer of fun to the learning process.

Cosmo Switch is the next-generation accessibility switch specially designed to support people with cognitive and physical disabilities to have smooth and highly-customized access to apps and devices daily. Cosmo Switch is compatible with most Bluetooth-enabled devices with uncomplicated settings that allow personalizing the switch for each person's individual needs and preferences.

During this session, we will showcase Cosmo Training activities along with use cases in therapy, learning and home environments. We will cover the main features of Cosmo Switch, its technical specifications, and customization options, such as changing the color, brightness, or responsiveness. We will also demonstrate a brand new Cosmo Switch app that allows for a quick personalization of the switch and showcase the Cosmo Switch's compatibility with various AAC apps and devices.

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B2 – AccessALLbility:  Keys to Student Success (Also available as a virtual session) - Video Conference Theater

By Lisa Meyer and Kara Winnike


Participants will learn how accessibility can unlock equitable educational experiences for students.

B3 – A Students Perspective On Using Structured Discovery to Teach Technology - Salon F & G

By Svetlana Ehlers


A Native American saying expresses “Tell me and I will forget. Show me, and I may not remember. Involve me, and I will learn.” This is the guiding principle of Structured Discovery, which teaches by guided exploration and structured questions, and allows students to learn for themselves the task presented. Structured Discovery can be used with not only Orientation and Mobility for students with visual impairments, but can also be used for technology instruction, ADL and general education. When this technique is applied, the students can not only become more proficient quicker and with greater retention, but they will also develop problem-solving skills, confidence, and self-advocacy. The use of this technique long-term will develop students who are more self-sufficient and have the independence to self-explore new technology.

This presentation will discuss the history of the Structured Discovery teaching technique, how to apply the technique to students with all types of disabilities and the amazing advantage Structure Discovery can give your students. Attendees will walk away with a general understanding of the technique, the ability to apply Structured Discovery to teach assistive technology, and see how Structured Discovery teaching has been successful in helping a student progress from a 6-year developmental deficit to being about to stand in front of you and present this topic with a mere 9 years of education.

B4 – Providing Low Vision and Blindness Technology to all Students (Also available as a virtual session) - Salon E

By Jeff Bazer of Vispero



Are you looking to provide support and access to all your low vision and blind students? Do you need help with training on low vision and blindness technology? Join this session to learn how Vispero can help you and your students.

Presentation Summary: In this session We will share information about the latest low vision hardware and software technology for students and individuals that are low vision or blind. The attendees will learn about using JAWS & Fusion in the classroom with Google, Microsoft and iOS. We will demonstrate how our Focus Braille Displays help support with Math. You will also learn more about our school licenses and available training. Our new training modules help teachers learn about JAWS and teach JAWS to their students. We will also share information about our Student of the Month program that highlights student success. There will be some time for hands-on trials of new hardware as well.

Learning Objectives:
1. In this session the attendees will learn how to follow along with training modules to learn screen reading technology.
2. In this session the attendees will learn how to nominate a student to be chosen as the Freedom Scientific Student of the Month.
3. Attendees will learn how to provide technology to an entire school system, giving access to all of their low vision and blind students.




Monday, April 4, 2022 11:30 AM to 12:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

C1 – Cause and Effect: AT Building Blocks in Language Development (Also available as a virtual session) - Video Conference Theater

By Laura Hoffman


In 2020, Missouri Assistive Technology was able to provide “Cause and Effect Language Development Kits” to many schools around the state through the Assistive Technology Reimbursement Program.  These kits may be used as tools to help prepare students for functional Augmentative Communication.  In this session, the presenter will introduce the kit (which is available for loan through the MoAT ETC Lending Library) and creative ways to introduce language development through cause and effect activities.



C2 – Making, Mounting, and Modifying With Specialty Tapes - Salon F & G

By Therese Willkomm


This session will discuss in demonstrate over 50 solutions made with 12 different specialty tapes that can be used for creating hundreds of assistive technology solutions in minutes. Each person will receive a MacGyver tape kit for creating rapid mounting solutions on the fly.

C3 – A Bushel of Apples Apps - Salon D


By Rita Howells

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To date, there are several million apps available in the Apple App Store. It can be overwhelming to decide which apps are best for your own use. However, there are several Native Apple Apps, as well as third party apps, that are universally utilized. These mainstream apps are integral to how we function and communicate in society.

C4  – AT for Dyslexia (Also available as a virtual session) - Salon E

By Mark McCabe


We will examine the various programs, devices and tools available to assist students with print disabilities. Text-to-speech will be the primary focus and it will be explored across a variety of platforms. Built-in device features, separate programs, apps, and extensions, and stand alone items will all be presented. The efficacy and proper fit for each tool will be discussed.





Monday, April 4, 2022 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions


D1 – The Advantages of Photo to Speech Apps (Also available as a virtual session) - Salon E


By Gina Baldwin


In this session, I will cover the advantages of photo to speech apps and the seven must have features of a great photo to speech AAC app.  Apps for people who have trouble talking are just one form of AAC, and photo to speech translations are just one method of communication provided by these apps, but it’s arguably the most effective method.

In most symbol-based communication systems, the user selects a picture, symbol, or word to express a thought, then repeats the process, eventually generating a complete sentence. This process is laborious and time-consuming, although necessary for learning language, core vocabulary and literacy. In contrast, photos promote context-based communication by using real-life images to communicate practical wants, needs, and even conversation.

Do you know a young adult or adult who has difficulty speaking? It can be a lonely, frustrating situation—but it doesn’t have to be. Photo to speech apps are a powerful tool for those who have difficulty talking, providing greater independence and leading to happier, more productive lives. In this session, Gina discusses who the ideal users for such apps are and examines the seven most important features to look for. You’ll walk away from this session with a deeper understanding of photo to speech apps and the benefits they provide.


D2 – Technology and Home Modifications: Innovative Ways to Maintain Independence In The Home (Also available as a virtual session) - Video Conference Theater

By Brandy Archie


This interactive course will introduce you to new and novel low and high technology adaptive tools that make it easier to complete daily tasks either as the individual or as a caregiver. You will learn what to consider with trying to decide on the right equipment for your needs. You will also learn what’s available on the market, general cost and how it is solving problems for individuals, families and caregivers.

D3 – Apple Device Advice - Salon D 

By Rita Howells


The acquisition of VoiceOver gestures and successfully utilizing an Apple iOS device can greatly enhance the independent living success of persons who are blind. What is behind the success of "successful blind adults"? 

A visually impaired Person's success is determined by their motivation, and utilizing life changing technology such as an iPhone. The only drawback I have seen in discovering the world through using an iPhone is: My husband Tony, says that he is considering changing his name to "iTony" so he "will get some time with his wife".


Once a person has mastered the VoiceOver gestures, they are well on their way to doing almost anything they desire with their Apple iOS device, just as people do with their Apple devices, with out running VoiceOver.


D4 – Low and High Tech Labels and Devices in a Residential Youth Program for ADLs and O&M - Salon F & G

By Kevin Hollinger, Director - Summer Orientation & Mobility and Adapted Living Resource program (SOAR)


This presentation will include an overview of various low- and high-tech solutions used in a summer residential program for youths who are legally blind.

The session will include a historical review of SOAR as well as the Mission, Vision, schedule and instructional matrix for the ECC across 9 instructional domains and implementation in the residential setting. The purpose of the presentation is to provide an inventory of resources and instructional strategies to consider for the development of other instructional and/or residential programs for individuals with a visual impairment.




Monday, April 4, 2022 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

E1 – Eye Gaze Technology: Use for Assessments, Intervention and Access for Persons with Complex Needs Including Cortical Visual Impairment - Salon F & G

By Tammy Bruegger, OTD


Eye gaze technology may be used for those with complex needs for access to communication and daily living. Current evidence shows promise in additional use for assessment and intervention with individuals with cortical visual impairment and other needs. Specifics of AT including software/apps, positioning/set up and other considerations using eye gaze technology will be discussed.


E2 – CaptionMate- Next Generation Captioning is Finally Here (Also available as a virtual session) - Video Conference Theater

By Jon Gray

In this session, learn how CaptionMate, a free app, has revolutionized captioning for individuals with hearing loss. Using AI (Artificial Intelligence) and ASR (Automatic Speech Recognition) captioning of live cell phone calls has finally taken a giant technological leap forward into the 21st century. Now consumers with hearing loss can experience a truly functional equivalent phone call for the first time. We will discuss this new technology and how it is being applied using the CaptionMate app, the general state of the captioning today, current regulations surrounding the captioning industry and much more. Join a CaptionMate team with over 32 years of experience demonstrate how they continue to break down barriers and lead the industry into the future.


E3 – What Would You Like To Do?  Control Your Computer With Jaws and Leasey  (Also available as a virtual session) - Salon E

By Brett Wilhelm


Leasey is a add-on for the Jaws For Windows screen reader designed to simplify computers and screen readers for beginner users, and make common tasks performed by advanced users easier and faster.

E4 – Speech Recognition - Salon D

By Mark McCabe

This session will examine virtually all types of speech recognition from the built-in tools to advanced speech to text systems. Various features of several programs will compared and contrasted. Proper fit and best practices to ensure proficient use will be discussed.




Tuesday, April 5, 2022 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions

F1 – Breaking Barriers of Effective AAC Implementation in the Classroom (Also available as a virtual session) - Salon E


By Kristen Ponce


Effective AAC implementation is only as successful as the teams that are in place. There can be many barriers in the classroom that can negatively impact not only a students’ but also a teachers’ success with AAC implementation. In order for students to be successful with their AAC devices, teachers also must be successful. The job of a good Speech-Language Pathologist is to recognize the barriers that may exist, not only for the students, but also for the teachers and then collaborate with the whole team to overcome those obstacles so that everyone is successful.


Some of the obstacles that may arise could be in relation to what teachers have access to in their classroom. It could also be related to the number of AAC systems in place or what a teacher is feasibly able to implement due to the dynamic aspects of her classroom make up. Some barriers that may occur for students could be related to the actual AAC system itself; but quite often, are more related to outside behaviors such as the quality of the instruction or therapy or the lack of modeling or opportunities to explore their systems. This session will address each of the barriers that could exist for both teachers and students and explore options on how to overcome those barriers.

F2 – Access to Online Gaming through the Use of AT - Salon F & G


By Laura Hoffman


The Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation awarded Missouri Assistive Technology with the Quality of Life Grant which provided the ETC Lending Library with alternative access methods and gaming systems to help residents of Missouri who live with paralysis during the Covid shutdown of 2020.  To combat the isolation, MoAT introduced online gaming through alternative input methods.  The presenter will discuss creative ways for gamers of all abilities to be able to participate in online gaming to stay connected.


F3 – Resources for Individuals with Speech Disabilities - Salon D

By Catherine Macfee


This is a joint presentation with Relay Missouri and Missouri Telecommunication Access Program ( MO TAP).   Relay Missouri will talk about the Speech to Speech service as well as Hearing Carry Over. MO TAP will share different phones that will help individuals that have speech difficulties talk on the phone.


F4 – Classroom AT- Selecting, Implementing and Organizing (Also available as a virtual session) - Video Conference Theater


By Rebecca Kessler


In this technology enhanced world, it’s imperative that special educators know about and understand how to select the best tools for their students. In this session we will look at a database created specifically to aid special educators in selecting tools that have been supported by research to aid students as categorized by the DESE standards and indicators for each disability category. Participants will walk away with access to a copy of the database to support students in their communities as well as the understanding for how to best select and test tools with students. We will specifically be looking at low tech and high tech options for assistive technology but will discuss expanding the database to include other accommodations as well.


Tuesday, April 5, 2022 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

G1 – "Tech Time": Integrating Technology into the Classroom - Salon D

By Tammy Bruegger, OTD


Participants will be introduced to evidence supporting learning of assistive technology in the classroom during literacy activities. Strategies using universal design, team collaboration and adult learning strategies so that all classroom and support professionals integrate and learn AT will be discussed. A variety of assistive technology will be presented for practical solutions to meet a variety of learners' needs. Use of case studies and application of ideas will be encouraged during the course. Course will address visual, cognitive, physical, psychosocial areas and literacy.


G2 – Mo ABLE Program - Salon F & G 

By Mo ABLE staff

Mo ABLE Program managed by the Missouri State Treasurers office is replacing Dining with Dignity.  * Dining with Dignity is Canceled.


G3 – Watch the Apple Watch (Also available as a virtual session) - Salon E

By Denny Huff


The Apple Watch is a critical, potentially life saving piece of technology that is fully accessible for visually impaired individuals to use with VoiceOver speech synthesis.


Whether you’re a first-time smartwatch user or just new to watchOS, wearing an Apple Watch can enhance your life. The Apple Watch is a smartwatch that is most useful when you have set it up to meet your exact needs. Rita and Denny will show you how to make the most of your Apple Watch.  The Apple Watch is a critical, potentially life saving piece of technology that is fully accessible for visually impaired individuals to use with VoiceOver speech synthesis.


Whether you’re a first-time smartwatch user or just new to watchOS, wearing an Apple Watch can enhance your life. The Apple Watch is a smartwatch that is most useful when you have set it up to meet your exact needs. Rita and Denny will show you how to make the most of your Apple Watch.



G4 – Teaching Individual with Vision Impairments and Multiple Disabilities (Also available as a virtual session) - Video Conference Theater

By Sindy Puckett


I would like to share tips and techniques for teaching individuals who experience both visual impairment or blindness and other disabilities.


Tuesday, April 5, 2022 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

H1 –Microsoft Accessibility (Also available as a virtual session)- Salon E

By Rachel Berger

Presentation Link provided by the presenter

Learn about Microsoft accessibility tools to support struggling students in reading, writing, and math.



H2 – Yes You Can Make AT! - Salon D

By Scout Merry


Who are these AT Makers? You are! No experience necessary to join this session and find out more about the Maker Movement. In this session we will discuss some common materials for making AT devices and ways to adapt existing AT to meet diverse needs. We will also make something to take home. Come prepared to share your DIY AT and get resources to connect with makers for future needs.



H3 – Relay Conference Captioning Salon F & G

By Catherine Macfee


Relay Conference Captioning (RCC) is a no-cost service available for Missouri residents who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing or have a Speech Disability to actively participate in multi-party teleconference calls or web conferences by reading live captions through a web browser on a computer or mobile device.



H4 – AAC Input Methods: Direct Selection to Eye Gaze and Everything in Between (Also available as a virtual session) - Video Conference Theater

By Laura Hoffman



Before a high-tech augmentative communication device can be selected, how the communicator will access the device must be addressed.  For many that are not capable of performing direct selection, eye gaze is often the next input method investigated.  But what if it is too complicated?  What if the communicator is not able to engage with the eye gaze system?  Can AAC still be a functional option for them?   The presenter will explore many different input methods to consider during AAC trials, including scanning, auditory scanning, and alternative input devices.




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