Monday,  April 1, 2019  9:00 AM to 10:00 AM

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Monday,  April 1, 2019  10:30 AM to 11:45 AM

Concurrent Sessions


A1 – Students Have Their AAC Systems, Now What?

Sandra Wright-Hackler, Program Manager for State Leadership, Oklahoma ABLE Tech

This presentation will review provide a review of the steps involved in evaluating, selecting and acquiring different AAC systems and highlight best practices for AAC Implementation.  The Oklahoma ABLE Tech Technical Assistance Guide for Assistive Technology within public schools will be utilized as a foundation for this presentation.  Helpful forms and documents will be available.  The concept of an implementation team, as well as, how to document that implementation of AAC is occurring will be covered.


A2  – The Challenge of Notetaking:  Exploring AT Options

Mark McCabe, Director K-12 AT/ACC Assessments, ATP, Illinois Assistive Technology Program   

Notetaking is one of the most significant challenges faced on a regular basis while assessing students. Finding, teaching, and then utilizing the appropriate tool can be a daunting task. We will explore a myriad of devices, programs, and applications across multiple platforms that have proven successful. Using the SETT framework we will discuss using the right tool for the job based on the individual’s needs and challenges. Whether it's a notetaking app on an iOS device or a Livescribe Pen working in conjunction with an app we will examine the benefits and shortfalls of various methods. Participants are encouraged to share their experiences and engage in discussion.  All levels of experience are welcome! 


A3  – Keying Without Seeing: A Comparison of Three Types of Typing Tutors for the Blind

Brett Wilhelm, Wilhelm AT Services

Computers, tablets, and smartphones have truly changed the lives of blind people. Nearly gone are the days of having to wait long after a sighted person has access to them for books and newspapers to be made into accessible formats.  More jobs and educational opportunities are open because of technology. In order to take advantage of these great innovations, we must know how to interact with these devices. In this session, we will compare three typing tutor applications: Talking Typer, Talking Typing Teacher, and Typeability.


A4 –  Section 508, the Americans with Disabilities Act and You

Rob Carr, ICT Accessibility Program Manager, Oklahoma ABLE Tech, Oklahoma State University

If you’re part of a company with a website, then there is a chance that you have had technology vendors emailing you about recent changes to Section 508 of the federal Rehabilitation Act. For many of us, the phrase “Section 508” means a lot of things. What does Section 508 really do, though?

And what about the Americans with Disabilities Act? What does “ADA accessible” mean for websites, software or mobile apps? Is that even really a thing?

If you want to untangle the policies and laws that aim to create a more accessible web then please join me for this session. I’ll dive into what the different laws say, what kind of organizations they cover and what’s going on with updates at the federal and international level. Leave knowing how the ADA, the Rehabilitation Act and some group called the World Wide Web Consortium all end up working together to make the web better.


A5 – Productivity Is the Name of the Game: Android Apps for Working Smart

Darren Gabbert, Senior Business Operations Associate, University of Missouri

A smartphone is only as smart as the apps on it. This webinar demonstrates 5 Android apps that support productivity in producing, searching, reading and conveying digital information. Attendees will be introduced (through video screen captures) to app features that meet practical needs. Whether it is an able-bodied person, someone with a visual impairment, or a single switch user like myself, productivity is the name of the game!


A6 – Technology First Initiative - MO Division of Developmental Disabilities

Lisa Turner, Housing Specialist, Missouri Inclusive Housing Development Corp.

This presentation will discuss the Missouri DDD's Technology First initiative.  It will include what Technology First means for individuals who receive developmental disability services.  The presentation will discuss assistive technology services available through the DD waivers and what is involved in obtaining approval for funding through them.  Information about remote supports available through the DD waivers will also be included.  Success stories of individuals utilizing remote supports and other assistive technology funded through a DD waiver will be highlighted.

A7  - Accommodating Employees: An Employers Perspective

Amber Cheek, Director of Accessibility & ADA Coordinator, University of Missouri
Meg Conger, Director of ADA Compliance, City of Kansas City
Andrew Lackey, Deputy Commissioner, City of Saint Louis, Office of the Disabled

This panel of employers and ADA experts will discuss and share examples of how people with disabilities have been successful in their workplaces and the assistive technology they utilize.



Monday, April 1, 2019 1:15 PM to 2:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

B1 – Getting to “Yes! Go! More!”:  The Power of a Single Switch for Environmental Access AND Communication 

Cathy Fortney, Assistive Technology Facilitator, OT/PT/ADA Coordinator, Francis Howell School District

Switches come in a variety of shapes and sizes, can be accessed in a numbers of ways, and can be used to interact with a variety of things: computers, mobile devices, adapted tools/toys, home automation, communication devices.  But what if you want to do ALL of those things but only have enough volitional movement to access one switch?  Where do you start?  In this session, we will learn about a variety of switches and mounting options, address how to find the best point(s) of access for switch placement, and move through an access continuum that facilitates inclusion, participation, environmental control and communication.  Participants will learn how to foster the understanding that accessing a single switch can mean “yes”, “go” and/or “more” and can establish a solid communication foundation upon which future skills can be built.


B2 –   Reading to Learn: Using AT to Bridge the Gap   

Sandra Wright-Hackler, SLP, Program Manager, Oklahoma ABLE Tech

By the time students are in 4th grade, they are no longer learning to read, but reading to learn.  However, students with dyslexia or other reading disabilities may not be able to read the text and therefore fall behind in learning from their peers in learning.  This session will walk participants through various types of assistive technology that can allow students to interact with the subject text through means other than traditional reading. Various free and fee-based programs for tablets, Chromebooks, and PCs will be discussed.  Available research on the use of assistive technology with students with reading disabilities will be shared.  Participants are encouraged to bring a laptop to the session but it is not required.



B3 – Braille, Relay and So Much More:  DeafBlind Toolkit

Scott Davert, Sprint
Beth Jordan, Helen Keller National Center

The iCanConnect program provides distance communication equipment for eligible individuals who are DeafBlind.  Scott and Beth will help take the mystery out of determining the available and appropriate equipment, especially in regard to Braille devices. There are many Braille devices on today's AT market which range in price from under $500 to over $5000.  Advantages and disadvantages to various Braille devices, why display length is important, and why there is no Braille device that can rule them all will be discussed in relation to the National Deaf-Blind Equipment Distribution Program (iCanConnect) guidelines.  Relay options and other distance communication devices will be discussed, as well as how and where to apply for iCanConnect.



B4 – The Built-In Accessibility of Web Browsers

DJ Butcher, Anthony Blades and Jessica Hall, Blind Skills Specialists with Missouri State University

An increasing number of accessibility features have been built-in to web browsers such as Mozilla FireFox, Safari, Chrome, and Edge.  This session will help you identify and utilize these important tools.



B5  – Android Accessibility

Isha Bobra, Software Engineer, Google

Join Isha from the Android Accessibility team to learn about the accessibility features and functionalities built into Android phones and tablets. Via a live virtual session, Isha will also demonstrate some exciting features and applications coming soon to the Android platform.




B6 –  Remote Support Technology - AT to Support Living at Home

Jeff Grosvenor - 2GetherTech

Dustin Wright - Rest Assured

Scott Mosher - Smart Care

Penny Mata - NightOwl




Remote support is an emerging service model that combines technology and direct care to help people live independently.  This "showcase" session features representatives from four of Missouri's leading remote support providers who will help attendees explore the types of supportive technology available, its benefits and the issues to consider.

B7  - Vispero in Education – Affordable Software for All Students

Michael Wood, Strategic Accounts Manager – Education, Vispero and Jeff Bazer, Sales Director of the South Central Region, Vispero

In this session we will broadly cover two approaches Vispero has taken to help educators obtain JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion for their students, whether it be in K-12 or in higher education. For years Vispero’s partnership with American Printing House for the Blind (APH) has offered economical options to obtain our software applications necessary for students to succeed. More recently, Vispero has partnered with major universities to continue similarly with higher education.

In particular, for K-12 educators, you will learn how to obtain JAWS, ZoomText, and Fusion, and the handheld Video Mag HD video magnifier from the American Printing House for the Blind using Quota Funds or by ordering directly from APH without using Quota Funds. We will teach you some of the basic functions of JAWS (Job Access With Speech) screen reader, ZoomText, and Fusion, which brings you both JAWS and ZoomText working together.



Monday, April 1, 2019 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

C1 – Choosing Key Words and Implementing Low Cost Keyguards

Sandra Wright-Hackler, Program Manager for State Leadership, Oklahoma ABLE Tech

This presentation will review different approaches to Core Word learning for persons who utilize augmentative and alternative communication systems.  A variety of different AAC systems and their vocabulary layout will be shown with an opportunity for participants to have hands-on exploration.  In addition, using low cost items to help make keyguards to improve speed and accuracy of vocabulary acquisition will be demonstrated.  Free resources for low tech communication boards will be shared. 


C2 – Power Wheelchair Advanced Inputs with Environmental Controls

Jason Vallery, ATP, Mobility First Inc.

An in-depth demonstration and discussion on how to mount, adapt, and operate your power wheelchair.


C3 – Tips & Tricks of a Braille Display With iOS

DJ Butcher, Anthony Blades and Jessica Hall, Blind Skills Specialists with Missouri State University

Explore the tips and tricks to help make using a Braille display with an iPad more effective and efficient.


C4  – Many Hands Make Light Work: ICT Accessibility Across Organizational Roles

Rob Carr, ICT Accessibility Program Manager, Oklahoma ABLE Tech/OK State University

Most organizations understand that they have an obligation to remove barriers from their web and digital spaces. Many struggle to know where and how to start, what goals to set and what kind of structure to use in creating a web presence that is accessible over the long haul.

Maybe you have made sure that some of your web professionals jump onto a webinar about accessibility or otherwise learn about some of the nuts and bolts of accessibility online. You may have a designated contact person that will field questions from website visitors. And you may also have a lot of stress when you think “what happens if that person leaves?”

ICT accessibility is often viewed as the result of the work of one person or team. There are risks in that view, though. How do you avoid putting all of the ICT accessibility eggs into one basket? How does that person or team handle its work and accessibility? What if someone hires your accessibility expert away?
This session will focus on bigger picture questions about ICT accessibility. Namely, how do we make accessibility work, and work well over time? We will discuss how to treat ICT accessibility as something that is just a part of what we do instead of something to panic about. We will talk about where accessibility fits in naturally with technical, administrative and leadership roles. And we will discuss some of the common things organizations use to create a sustainable and effective ICT accessibility program.



C5  – Android vs. iOS Smackdown: A Comparison of Usability and Productivity

Jim Fettgather, Adaptive Technology Instructor, Alphapointe Association for the Blind
Steve Hahn, Kansas State School for the Blind

Beginning in September 2009, Apple was the world’s first company to offer built-in accessible speech and magnification solutions for its flagship iPhone 3GS.  Soon thereafter, Google released the Android operating system to compete with Apple’s phenomenal success in the mobile phone and tablet market.  Ten years later, each mobile platform has matured considerably, having experienced vast improvements and revolutionary changes for each.  There are many similarities, but significant differences as well.  Is there a clear winner?  The Smackdown will reveal all!



C6 – Remote Support Technology - A User Perspective

Rachel Hiles

Sue & Jeremiah Gibson

Mary & Angela Jecusco


To shift from human-based services to a reliance on technology-based support services involves a leap of faith.  This session will feature first-hand stories from individuals who have utilized technology to give loved ones greater autonomy and independence without sacrificing safety, security and peace of mind.

C7  - Maker’s AT

Scout Merry, Access Services Manager, Services for Independent Living

The Makers Movement has come to the world of AT.   Get creative and playful and join us as we make a few low-cost solutions in this interactive session.



Tuesday, April 2, 2019 8:00 AM to 9:15 AM

Concurrent Sessions


D1 – AAC Strategies from Pre-K to Graduation Day: Supporting Academic and Social Success

Elisa Parker, Assistive Technology Facilitator, Park Hill School District
Tara Wineinger, Assistive Technology Facilitator, Park Hill School District

While it is a common misconception that AAC is only used for individuals with limited verbal language abilities with complex communication needs, it can also be successfully used as a medium to support the academic and social growth of students without communication delays. This session will show how the Park Hill School District utilizes AAC across the school day following a range of ages and ability levels. Examples will be provided across the age continuum from preschool through high school.  Tools such as Saltillo’s Chat Editor will be highlighted as a way to support the planning and implementation of language groups, academic activities, literacy, writing, social skills, play routines, social communication (email) and much more.


D2 – Chromebook Tools for Dyslexia

Mark McCabe, Director K-12 AT/AAC Assessments, ATP, Illinois Assistive Technology Program


We will explore various text-to-speech, voice recognition, and literacy tools for students with print disabilities, specifically Dyslexia. We will begin with built-in tools available through Chrome, including tools designed for individuals with other needs. From there we will examine several TTS literacy suites, and other helpful apps and extensions for students with print disabilities. Many features will be explored including the ability to read and collect information from the internet. I will provide detailed instruction on how specific programs can convert hard copy into accessible documents with the ability to use TTS and write into the doc with the tools provided. While I will certainly provide information, I encourage involvement from all participants. More times than not we learn from one another when we share our experiences. All are welcome to attend, regardless of experience level.



D3 – Real Time Text: An Overview

Linda Vandeloop - AT&T

Ian Dillner - Verizon


Real Time Text (RTT) is text ransmitted instantly as it is being typed or created that allows recipients to immediately read the message while it is being used, without waiting.  This session will provide an overview and demonstration of this service.


D4 – Meet the AT Users (Panel)

Jim Fettgather, Technology Instructor for Alphapointe

Darren Gabbert , Sr. Business Operations Associate for the University of Missouri-Columbia’s Adaptive Computing Technology Center

Eileen Belton, Missouri Assistive Technology Program Coordinator (Moderator)


Understanding website accessibility from the perspective of AT users is critical in assuring access.  This panel of AT users will share their perspectives on navigating web pages, the barriers they encounter and share their insights for improving website accessibility..


D5 – The Ever Evolving World of Built-In iOS Accessibility

David Baker, Director, Missouri Assistive Technology

With each new version of the iOS operating system, Apple updates and expands the array of built-in accessibility features that underscore the near universality of iPad and iPhone use among people with disabilities.  We will take a tour of the latest features with an emphasis on features other than VoiceOver.  Individuls are encouraged to bring their personal devices and tour along with the presenter.


D6 –  Compare & Contrast Digital Assistants:  DIY Remote Supports for Home

Rhonda Hughes, Missouri Assistive Technology
Brenda Whitlock, Missouri Assistive Technology


Alexa, Google Home, Apple HomePod and some new digital assistants on the market will be demonstrated.  Attendees will know the features, smart device add-ins available, cost, and how to set up each one.  Additional learning outcomes include how to use the digital assistants for greater independence in the home, to stay connected with friends and family, and other healthy benefits.

D7  - Wolfner Library BARD Workshop

Amy Nickless, Adult Services Librarian, Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library
Brandon Kempf, Reader Advisor, Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library
Lisa Hellman, Youth Services Librarian, Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library
Meghan McCormack, Reader Advisor, Wolfner Talking Book and Braille Library

Do you have questions about using BARD (Braille and Audio Reading Download)? Have you wished to sit down with Wolfner Library staff for assistance rather than calling us? Whether your questions are about the BARD website, BARD Mobile, or the BARD Express, Wolfner Library is here to help you. Wolfner Library Public Services staff will host this workshop for patrons, potential patrons, and caregivers to help them to become better users of the BARD service.

This workshop will start with a demonstration of how to use each variation of BARD.  In regards to BARD Mobile, use with Apple, Android, and Kindle devices will all be explained. The remainder of the time will allow for questions from the audience and for the presenters to work with attendees one-on-one. The goal is to answer any questions related to BARD and troubleshoot issues that patrons or caregivers could be experiencing while utilizing BARD.


Tuesday, April 2, 2019 9:45 AM to 11:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions

E1 – APPy Hour: Apps for AAC, A Feature Comparison

Shawna Dunnaway, Occupational Therapist, Assistive Technology SPecialist, Forbes AAC

Andrea Rabenold, Speech Language Pathologist, National Sales Manager, Forbes AAC   


When working with users who need AAC, it can be overwhelming to know where to start and the difference between the vast array of applications and software available to help with communication.  This session will look at the history of the most robust communication apps on the market today and provide a resource to help feature match the options available in communication applications.



E2 – Bringing Digital Graphics to Life

Corrine Mueller, Co-Founder of Vital


Multimodal tablets - tablets that provide visual, aural and vibratory feedback- as an assistive technology for conveying 2D graphics to students with visual impairments is an area of growing interest.   In this session, we will discuss both empirical investigations and translational efforts of displaying graphics multimodally on tablets toward realizing their potential impact in and out of the classroom. We will share both challenges and opportunities for this new approach, insight on the areas most in need of further research, and avenues by which interested attendees can become involved.


E3 – Discover Solutions for Accessibility in the Workplace

Jeff Williamson, Director of Sales & Marketing, Teltex Inc.

This session will introduce attendees to a variety of workplace solutions for individuals of differing needs including hearing loss, low vision/blindness and physical disabilities.


E4 – A11Y Testing with Assistive Technology

TJ Schlouski, Director of Assistive Technology Services, Illinois Assistive Technology Program
Krystal Connolly, ICT Coordinator, Illinois Assistive Technology Program

Participants in this session will be introduced how to test for website accessibility utilizing assistive technology and how it corresponds to Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 2.0 AA . Participants will be given information on common testing procedures with screen readers, screen magnifiers, and speech to text applications. Participants will also be introduced into the concept of the three-prong testing process of automated testing, code review, and testing with assistive technology.



E5 –  Which Relay is the Right Relay?

Dennis Selznick - Sprint


Individuals with speech, hearing, DeafBlindness, and even maybe you, find they need to make and or receive a call utilizing relay.   Missouri has been fortunate to add a few new ways to help individuals better communicate over the phone or computer.   But how do you use the relay system and which one is the right one?  What type of equipment is needed for Speech to Speech relay?  How do I make a call using WebCapTel?   What is this about IP Relay?   I've never heard of VCO STS, what's that?  These are just a few ways to access relay and keep people connected at work, on the job, in the community, or at home.  We will explore various types of relay, the equipment necessary to make it work, and do a few demonstrations of making or receiving a relay call.

E6 – Game Changer: Microsoft's Adaptive Controller

Amanda West, Lead Assistive Technology Specialist, Southwest Center for Independent Living

In the fall of 2018, Microsoft came out with the first ever adaptive controller, that has 19 3.5mm jacks in the back to plug switches into, so that people can still play (or play again) video games, even if they have limited use of their hands. This inclusive design approach was inspired by an often overlooked demographic in the standard design process.  Even the box it comes in is more accessible and easier to get into. This session will cover everything from unboxing the controller to setting it up for play. Interviews will be conducted with gamers with and without disabilities about gaming and quality of life, and we will also examine scholarly research on young cancer patients as well as Parkinson's patients and quality of life and gaming. Individuals often struggle with grief and identity after an injury and struggle trying to adapt, and the ability to play and the anonymity of online gaming has the potential to be a confidence booster. We will explore these ideas and more, and if possible, have some hands-on demonstrations of the controller itself.


E7  - Taming the Dragon: Techniques for Improving Speech Recognition Accuracy

Carmen Schafer, Business Technology Analyst-Specialist, University of Missouri – Columbia
Darren Gabbert, Senior Business Operations Associate, University of Missouri

In this session participants will gain the knowledge and skills needed to optimize speech recognition accuracy in Dragon. Special attention will be given to prioritizing user profile customizations (e.g. No training, basic training, targeted training, vocabulary enhancements).


Tuesday, April 2, 2019 11:20 AM to 12:30 PM

Concurrent Sessions

F1 – Eye Gaze for Communication and Computer Access

Andrew Lewis, Solutions Consultant, TobiiDynavox
Sarah Morgan, Speech Language Pathologist, TobiiDynavox

This session will focus on an overview of eye gaze technology and how it’s applied to individuals with complex communication needs. We will look at to tools to help determine success, how eye gaze is used with AAC software, and eye gaze for computer access.


F2 – Chromebooks for Diverse Learners

Laura Allen, Chrome and Chrome OS Accessibility Program Manager, Google
Kara Booker, Accessibility Program Manager, Google

Chromebooks have a variety of different accessibility features and functionalities to explore with students and users with diverse needs. Join us in this live virtual session to learn about accessibility features built into Chrome OS, and additional apps and extensions to further customize the experience. Examples of how some teachers are leveraging G Suite apps in classrooms with diverse learners will also be given.


F3 – Eye Wearables - No Longer Science Fiction

Vince Cianfrone, Vice President, NanoPac, Inc.

Head worn low vision and blindness technologies have drawn much interest as of late.  This session will include discussion and demonstration of head worn AT including Orcam My Eye, Iris Vision, Jordy, and Patriot ViewPoint.  The attendees will then have the opportunity to trial the same equipment at various stations.



F4 – Document Accessibility Toolbar for Word

Krystal Connolly, ICT Coordinator, Illinois Assistive Technology Program
TJ Schlouski, Director of Assistive Technology Services, Illinois Assistive Technology Program

During our session, we will look at how to use the Vision Australia Document Accessible Toolbar (DAT). The DAT is free to download and is a dedicated accessibility ribbon menu for Microsoft Word. The DAT makes it easy for individuals with limited accessible document creation knowledge to create an accessible document. By simplifying the process and helping users understand accessibility along the way, the DAT breaks down common barriers to ensure accessibility becomes an everyday occurrence. In Illinois, we have found that by introducing the DAT to K-12 school districts, business, and organizations they are easily able to create accessible documents.


F5 – Access Accessibility on Apple iOS

Shannon Smith, Director of Accessibility, Teltex Inc.

What new iOS apps provide individuals with greater accessibility? This session will introduce attendees to exciting apps for deaf & hard-of-hearing, blindness & low vision and physical mobility issues.



F6 – Improving Workplace Accessibility with Cisco's 8800 Series IP Phone

Susan Sauter, Product Manager, Cisco Systems, Inc.

In 2017 Cisco began working with the American Council for the Blind (ACB) on accessibility improvements to its 8800 Series IP phones through the addition of text-to-speech functionality.  Learn how the Voice Feedback feature works along with how Cisco plans to improve accessibility through its ongoing collaboration with the accessibility community.



F7  - Sweeping Changes in Wheelchair Accessible Vehicles and Related Products

Stephen Kinstler, Mobility Systems Specialist, United Access

This presentation will focus on a number of significant changes in the accessible vehicle industry and how they affect those with disabilities.  Areas of focus include manufacturer consolidation and integration, "luxury" features on vehicles that benefit those drivers and passengers with disabilities, and new products coming on the market, including electronic driving controls, high tech driving controls, hybrid vehicles and autonomous vehicles. The session is intended to be interactive. Questions will be welcome from conference attendees and those attendees who have utilized any of the new equipment are encouraged to share their insights both positive and negative.



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