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

Concurrent Sessions

A1 – What's New with PRC-Saltillo  

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 Multilpe Web Browsers

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 

by Salena Morgan


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

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 – Cosmo 


B2 – AccessALLbility:  Keys to Student Success

By Lisa Meyer


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


B3 – A Students Perspective On Using Structured Discovery to Teach Technology 

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 – Text To Speech

By Mark McCabe





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

Concurrent Sessions

C1 – Cause and Effect: AT Building Blocks in Language Development

By Laura Hoffman




C2 – Making, Mounting, and Modifying With Specialty Tapes

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


By Rita Howells


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

Mark McCabe





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

Concurrent Sessions


D1 – The Advantages of Photo to Speech Apps


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

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 – AT Solutions are a Moving Target: Strategies for Building Skills  

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 – TBD







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

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

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  

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 – Google Accessibility 





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

Concurrent Sessions

F1 – Breaking Barriers of Effective AAC Implementation in the Classroom


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 


By Laura Hoffman




F3 – Resources for Individuals with Speech Disabilities 

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


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 

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 – Dining with Dignity

By Amanda Whittington-West

We will explore a number of different options for dining, as well as assistive technology for preparing meals. From high tech to low tech to making AT so that individuals can prepare delicious and nutritious meals, and then enjoy them with independence and dignity.



G3 – Watch the Apple Watch

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 

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

By Rachel Berger

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


H2 – Yes You Can Make AT! 

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

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 

By Laura Hoffman











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