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Monday,  April 16, 2018  10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

A1 - AT for Students with Dyslexia: Nuts & Bolts

A2 - Run Your Entrepreneurial Business With Technology

A3 -  To Communication and Beyond…

A4 -  Revised 508 Standards: Major Changes and Issues  

A5 -  Virtual Assistant: What Can Echo DO…Do…do?

A6 -  Get Creative: DIY AT

A7  -  Self-Advocacy & Self-Determination

Monday, April 16, 2018  1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

B1 - Achieve Inclusion 2.0 with uPAR and Snap&Read, Universal  

B2 -  Accommodations for Blindness & Additional Disabilities   

B3 -  Easy as ABC: Putting AAC in Literacy

B4 -  Strategies to Build and Sustain Accessible Websites

B5 - Built in Accessibility Features of the iPad

B6 -  Seating 101 and The Seating Clinic Approach

B7  - Home Accessibility with Smart Integration

Monday, April 16, 2018 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

C1 -  Accessible Materials

C2 -  AT at Work: Requesting Workplace Accommodations

C3 -  Movin’ On – Beyond Cause and Effect

C4 -   Creating an Accessible PDF

C5 -  Wearables for Vision Loss: A Continuum 

C6 -  OT Toolbox of AT Strategies and Solutions

C7  -  Person-Centered Planning

Tuesday,  April 17, 2018 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

D1 - Chrome Apps

D2 - Be Alert!

D3 - Getting to Know Saltillo

D4 - Context Is Everything: Meaningful Alternative Text  

D5 - How Do I Connect with iCanConnect?

D6 - An Introduction to Audio Description

D7  - Financial Stability-Building Financial Independence

 

Tuesday,  April 17, 2018 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions

E1 - Throw Out the Box  

E2 - Current Trends in Assistive Listening Technologies  

E3 - AAC in Early Childhood: Myths & Realities

E4 - Principles of Web Accessibility: POUR

E5 - Windows 10: Significant Accessibility Improvements

E6 - What’s Up with iStuff at MoAT?

E7  -  Youth

 

Tuesday,  April 17, 2018 11:20 AM to 12:20 PM

Concurrent Sessions

F1 -  Introducing Readtopia – Is Your SpED Curriculum Experiential

F2 -  Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids: Good, Bad & Ugly

F3 - Android Accessibility: What's In The Box?  

F4 - Baking Accessibility Into Your Website  

F5 - Braille Notetakers on Three Platforms

F6 - Free A.T. – Connect, Collaborate and Create

F7  - Entrepreneurship/Employment/Social Enterprise

 

Monday,  April 16, 2018  8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

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Monday,  April 16, 2018  10:00 AM to 11:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

A1 – AT for Students with Dyslexia: Nuts & Bolts

Jamie Martin, Assistive Technology Consultant and Trainer

For many years, the help that was given to students with dyslexia was limited to remedial language instruction and resource room support. More recently, there has been a rapid development of assistive technology (AT) that allows those students to experience new educational heights and reach their academic potentials. This presentation will explore the concept of Universal Design for Learning (UDL) and how AT can help teachers create UDL classrooms. It will also examine that main categories of AT that are helpful to students with dyslexia, including text-to-speech, dictation, word prediction, and electronic graphic organizers. Demonstrations will be given of selected tools in each category. This overview discussion will help teachers level the playing field for kids who have difficulty reading and writing.  The presenter will live stream into the session from an offsite location.

 

A2  – Run Your Entrepreneurial Business With Technology

Judy Bumpus, Bloom Business Consulting

Attendees will learn about entrepreneurship as an option for self-sufficiency. We will discuss what owning your own business involves and how to access help with business planning and operating your business.

 

A3  – To Communication and Beyond…

Emily Hawks, MS, CCC-SLP, Ability KC and Erin Brown, OTR, ATP, Ability KC 

This presentation will demonstrate how to utilize an AAC device for access to a computer, cell phone and environmental control.  Case studies will be presented to demonstrate various options.  We will include a brief discussion of access and mounting considerations.

 

A4 –  Revised 508 Standards: Major Changes and Issues

Timothy Creagan, Senior Accessibility Specialist,  U.S. Access Board 

In January of 2017, the U.S. Access Board issued revised electronic and information technology accessibility standards under Section 508 of the Rehabilitation Act. This session will provide an overview of the Revised 508 Standards, with an emphasis on how these standards can be utilized to help your agency or organization create accessible information and communication technology (ICT), including electronic content.

A5 – Virtual Assistant: What Can Echo DO…Do…do?

Rhonda Hughes, Program Coordinator, Missouri Assistive Technology and Brenda Whitlock, Program Coordinator, Missouri Assistive Technology

What is a Virtual Assistant and how can it help someone with a disability?  People call on their virtual assistants daily and still may not be aware of all that they can do.  Amazon’s Echo has skills added daily that can benefit people with disabilities in their independence and quality of life, as well as add a little fun to the day!  Rhonda and Brenda will tag team an interactive session with Alexa and smart devices for your tech-enhanced smart life.

 

A6 –  Get Creative: DIY AT

Scout Merry, Access Services Manager, Services for Independent Living and Kristal Birkbigler-Friese,  Emergency Management Coordinator, SADI, SEMO Alliance for Disability 

The Maker Movement sweeping the nation has had a profound impact on the assistive technology world as more and more individuals engage in do-it-yourself construction of assistive devices. Come to this session and let your “inner creative” out as we put our heads and hands together and see what we can create. We’ll have project ideas and supplies on hand, but feel free to bring your own ideas and supplies. Audience participation is a must in this session.  

 

A7  -  Self-Advocacy & Self-Determination

Come learn successful strategies and skills to enhance your self-advocacy skills and how self-determination can lead to achieving your goals. 

 

Monday, April 16, 2018 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

B1 –  Achieve Inclusion 2.0 with uPAR and Snap&Read, Universal

Ruth Ziolkowski, President of Don Johnston Incorporated

If inclusion 1.0 was about physical inclusion, Inclusion 2.0 is about making students successful across the curriculum. Next generation UNIVERSAL accommodations including uPAR and Snap&Read Universal make this possible. First, needs are identified proactively with uPAR. Students then get access to the curriculum with personalized accommodations that work across devices and platforms (Google Chrome, iPad, desktop). Finally, data proves outcomes and gives feedback.

 

B2 –   Accommodations for Blindness & Additional Disabilities   

Ian Shadrick, Program Manager, Rehabilitation Services for the Blind 

This session will provide participants with an overview of common workplace accommodations and modifications for persons with blindness or low vision and multiple disabilities, including those with Deaf-blindness or dual sensory loss. The session will review accessible software and computer peripherals, iOS applications and peripherals used in the work environment, accessible office equipment, and related devices. 

 

B3 – Easy as ABC: Putting AAC in Literacy

Lindsey Frohn with Tobii Dynavox

Literacy, the ability to read and write, is a crucial element for student success. Assuring that students with communication disorders become literate posses unique challenges. This session will provide an introduction to resources available to more easily include AAC users in classroom literacy activities.

 

B4 – Strategies to Build and Sustain Accessible Websites

Jonathan Whiting, Director of Training and Evaluation, WebAIM   

Every website is different, but organizations that can create and maintain accessible websites typically share key traits—administrative commitment, planning and implementation, support for personnel, and ongoing evaluation. In this session, learn to develop these traits within your organization.

 

B5  – Built in Accessibility Features of the iPad

Julie Ituarte, Blindness Skills Specialist, Missouri State University,  DJ Butcher, Blindness Skills Specialist, Missouri State University and Jessica Hall, Blindness Skills Specialist, Truman State University

This presentation will provide participants an exploration of the built-in accessibility features of the iPad. With each update, new accessibility options that can help students meet the increasing demands of the digital classroom are introduced. Participants will explore how to use speech options, accessibility features and applications to navigate through the Google, Microsoft and Apple environments.

 

B6 –  Seating 101 and The Seating Clinic Approach

Matt Chegwidden, OTR/L  ATP, Numotion and  Anita Campbell, PT, ATP, University of Missouri

This session will introduce participants to the basic principles and terminology of wheelchair seating. Among the subjects to be covered will be the types of manual wheelchairs and common indicators of use, common asymmetrical seating postures and interventions to reduce negative outcomes from prolonged asymmetrical wheelchair posture. In addition, the benefits of using the team approach to seating and positioning will be highlighted.

 

B7  - Home Accessibility with Smart Integration

Jason Duewel, PTA, ATP, CRTS, CAPS, Doctors Equipment Service and Rhonda Hughes, COTA, Missouri Assistive Technology

Hearing recommendations for Universal Design can be overwhelming when a person is transitioning from a nursing home, moving back in with their children or planning to age in place. This session will provide pertinent information regarding the consumer’s needs before considering “what” the universal design should be when helping them overcome barriers in their environment. The presenters will highlight and demonstrate assistive technology proven to benefit consumers in their home to address and overcome barriers they felt were important to them. Helping to increase the consumer’s quality of life and safety.

 

Monday, April 16, 2018 3:30 PM to 5:00 PM

Concurrent Sessions

C1 –   Accessible Materials

Cathy Fortney, Program Coordinator, Francis Howell School District and Kevin Hollinger, Teacher of the Visually Impaired and O&M Specialist, Francis Howell School District

When a student is a struggling reader, an English Language Learner or someone with a visual impairment/blindness, accessing learning can be daunting. Finding and using tools to make educational materials accessible to ALL students is imperative to student success and is becoming easier and easier to find. In this session, participants will learn how to create an accessible document and then how to access and utilize accessibility tools (e.g. text to speech, speech recognition, text navigation, text readability leveling) available in Good and Microsoft products. If time permits, we will review similar accessibility features available on an iPad.

 

C2 – AT at Work: Requesting Workplace Accommodations

Amber Cheek, Director of Accessibility and ADA, University of Missouri and Mohamed Shahin, Accessibility and Accommodations Specialist, University of Missouri and Scout Merry, Access Services Manager, Services for Independent Living

Requesting accommodations in the workplace can be daunting, regardless of whether a person with a disability is transitioning from school to work or an experienced professional. This session will provide concrete information and tools to help persons with disabilities work through the accommodation process with an employer, including when and how to disclose a disability, how to request accommodations, and other advice about the interactive process. The presenters will also highlight several useful assistive technology accommodations in the workplace, demonstrate various devices, and share the lessons learned from over a hundred accommodation processes.

 

C3 – Movin’ On – Beyond Cause and Effect

Kathy Lalk, MEd, MOAT, CSP Computer Access Facilitator, St. Louis Special School District, Katie Stuhlsatz, MEd., OTR/L, Computer Access Facilitator, St. Louis Special School District and Laura Hayes, MS, CCC-SLP, Augmentative Communication Facilitator, St. Louis Special School District

This session will explain Stepping Stones to Switch Access (Linda Burkhart). Participants will learn about the sequential steps that address cognitive and motor skills and move students who use switches beyond cause and effect.  Implementation ideas and example activities will be discussed for each Stepping Stone.  Presenters will also discuss/share sample IEP goals tied to each Stepping Stone.

 

C4  – Creating an Accessible PDF

Jonathan Whiting, Director of Training and Evaluation, WebAIM   

In this session, learn what it takes to create a PDF that is accessible for people with disabilities. We will review what constitutes an accessible PDF, the best ways to preserve accessibility when exporting from Microsoft Word to PDF, and how to make basic accessibility fixes in Adobe Acrobat DC Pro.

 

C5  – Wearables for Vision Loss: A Continuum

Jessi Troester, Rehabilitation Services Manager, Alphapointe

Come learn about the variety of wearables available for those along the continuum of vision loss. Wearables providing magnification, auditory, and haptic feedback will be presented, along with information on their basic operation, cost and target audience. Following the presentation, audience members will have the opportunity to try out the devices presented.

 

C6 – OT Toolbox of AT Strategies and Solutions

Shannon Wilson, MHS, OTR/L, Assistive Technology Specialist, Special School District of St. Louis County and Sara Stock, MSOT, OTR/L, Assistive Technology Specialist, Special School District 

The focus of this session is to empower Occupational Therapists to embrace the use of assistive technology to improve occupational performance and functional independence of students in the school setting.  Participants will learn how to collaboratively work with the IEP team to support the AT decision making process. Participants will use case studies to become familiar with student assessment, tool consideration, implementation strategies, documentation, and how to determine the effectiveness of Assistive Technology to overcome barriers and achieve IEP goals.     

 

C7  -  Person-Centered Planning

In this session you will learn about person-centered planning as an ongoing process to identify your goals, who can support you, how you will achieve your goals, and by when.  The process focuses on relationships, participation in the community, increasing control and decision making in your life, and developing the skills and supports to achieve your goals. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 8:30 AM to 9:30 AM

Concurrent Sessions

D1 – Chrome Apps

Gary Koepe MS OTR/L, Occupational Therapist, Assistive Technology Consultant, Roseann Bentley Administrative Center, Springfield Public Schools R12

Chromebooks as Assistive Technology: Meeting the Demands of Diverse Learners in the Classroom Through Chrome OS, Add-ons, Extensions and Apps. If you are among the many schools and districts that have implemented a 1:1 initiative with Chromebooks, supporting diverse learners can quickly become an overwhelming and time consuming decision-making process. This session we'll enter the fray and hope to answer some of the key concerns educators face.

 

D2 – Be Alert!

Stacy Brady, Program Coordinator, Missouri Assistive Technology and Eileen Belton, Program Coordinator, Missouri Assistive Technology

When the door bell chimes or the smoke detector alarm goes off, a person with normal hearing gets the signal and responds. Individuals who are deaf or have a hearing loss can miss out entirely when a chime or alarm goes off. And in the case of an emergency, it can’t be highlighted enough how crucial being notified is. This session will review AT available to “wire a home with sound.” Learn what technology is available, the various features of products and what combinations work best.

 

D3 – Getting to Know Saltillo

Betsy Clifford, Assistive Technology Consultant, Saltillo Corporation

This course will introduce you to Saltillo Corporation and its communication solutions (i.e., NOVA Chat, Chat Fusion, Touch Chat Express, and the TouchChat App). Participants will learn about the different vocabulary options available, which can easily be customized to meet your client’s needs. A demonstration of customization and use of the devices will be included, along with hands on experience. Key software and hardware features will be discussed. Participants will also learn about the many free resources Saltillo offers including the Chat Editor companion software, online implementation materials, funding support, webinars, and more! 

 

D4 – Context Is Everything: Meaningful Alternative Text

Lainie Strange, Web Developer/Web Accessibility Coordinator, State of MO – OA/ITSD

Even though adding alternative text to images is the first principle of web accessibility, it can be difficult to properly implement. It is read by screen readers, displays if images have not yet loaded on a page and provides semantic meaning read by search engines. During this session, you will learn how alternative text presents the content and function of the image, see real-world examples of proper alt text, and finish with four key takeaways in presenting meaningful alternative text.

 

D5 – How Do I Connect with iCanConnect?

Robert Vaughn, Consumer Support Provider for TAP-I and iCanConnect and Kim Vaughn, iCanConnect Participant 

How do you stay in touch with family and friends when you have both vision and hearing barriers? The national iCanConnect program addresses that with technology for distance communication. Find out about eligibility criteria and how the application process works. This session will be led by an iCanConnect trainer along with a participant discussing equipment and how it has impacted their lives. The state iCanConnect coordinator will also be available for questions about the program.

 

D6 –  An Introduction to Audio Description

Jennifer Nigro, Coordinator of Volunteers, Audio-Reader Network Lori Kesinger Outreach Coordinator/Listener Liaison, Audio-Reader Network 

Audio description provides access to the visual elements of a performance, exhibit or educational presentation for people with vision loss, and can be effective in reinforcing learning for people with learning disabilities. This presentation will introduce you to the concepts of audio description, including its history, availability and applications in both educational settings and in the community. You will experience a live demonstration and hear examples of description created specifically for blended learning settings.

 

D7  - Financial Stability-Building Financial Independence

In this session you will learn how to identify and create a road map to build your financial independence and economic self-sufficiency. 

 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Concurrent Sessions

E1 – Throw Out the Box

Kate Dougherty, President & Founder, Down Country    

THROW OUT THE BOX! The definition of stupidity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. This presentation – presented from an application perspective – is geared toward encouraging individuals to no longer strive to think outside the box, but rather to encourage them to get rid of the box altogether. Multiple apps, strategies and programs from both a high-tech and low-tech perspective will be highlighted.

          

   

E2 – Current Trends in Assistive Listening Technologies

Sam Nord, Director of Sales, North America, Listen Technologies

In this session, we will discuss the laws (and your rights!) of the Americans with Disabilities Act as regards assistive listening technology. We will discuss the various technologies currently available to meet this important need, from hearing loops, FM systems and infrared, going through the advantages and unique challenges of each. We will also discuss up and coming technologies in the assistive listening world such as Wifi.

 

E3 – AC in Early Childhood: Myths & Realities  

Andrea Schario, Speech Language Pathologist / Assistive Technology Specialist, Forbes AAC   

This session will focus primarily upon use of high-tech speech-generating devices with children 1-3 years of age.  Participants will learn to identify and respond to common myths related to AAC use in early childhood; sub-topics will include alternative access, iOS language systems, and establishing goals for children new to AAC.

E4 – Principles of Web Accessibility: POUR

Julie Brinkhoff, Associate Director, Great Plains ADA Center 

The Web Content Accessibility Guidelines V2 (WCAG V2) are based on the four principles of accessible web design.  Accessible websites must be Perceivable, Operable, Understandable and Robust (POUR).  This session will discuss these four principles, identify barriers to accessible web design and discuss how the WCAG V2 provides guidelines to help web designers create accessible websites and a mechanism to evaluate websites for accessibility. 

 

E5 – Windows 10: Significant Accessibility Improvements

Jim Fettgather, Adaptive Technology Instructor, Alphapointe and Becky Dumsky, Activities of Daily Living Instructor, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Alphapointe  

For decades, Microsoft has provided minimal accessibility features within the Windows operating system for individuals who are blind, have low vision, or who use Braille displays.  The last two years have seen a massive commitment on the part of Microsoft to include incremental, then massive changes to all of the accessibility features found within the Windows 10 Fall Creator’s update.  These accessibility features may be sophisticated and intuitive enough for many individuals to use the computer productively without the need for third-party adaptive programs. 

 

E6 – What’s Up with iStuff at MoAT?

Stacy Brady, Program Coordinator, Missouri Assistive Technology,  Brenda Whitlock Program Coordinator, Missouri Assistive Technology and John Effinger Program Coordinator, Missouri Assistive Technology

“My friend got an iPad from MoAT, can I also get one?”  “My child’s teacher borrowed an iPad for him from MoAT.  Can I get one purchased for him for home use? ”  “My Dad got an iPhone from MoAT and got training on it.  I have vision loss and received one, but can’t get training.  What’s up with that?”  This session will clear the muddy waters related to obtaining iDevices through the various programs of MoAT.

E7  -  Youth

In this Interactive workshop on youth engagement, our history, importance of self-advocacy, different types of systems advocacy, and transition. Come learn how to become or increase your engagement in the independent living movement. 

Tuesday, April 17, 2018 11:20 AM to 12:20 PM

Concurrent Sessions

F1 – Introducing Readtopia – Is Your SpED Curriculum Experiential

Ruth Ziolkowski, President, Don Johnston Incorporated

Readtopia has been a decade in the making! It’s a comprehensive reading and learning curriculum for middle and high school students who take the alternate assessment. The Readtopia team traveled the world to capture legendary stories, sights and sounds to make learning an experience. With over $5 million of materials including experiential video, graphic novels (as six levels), and informational text, teachers will have the tools to take students further than they’ve ever been before – in reading, ELA, social studies and science.

 

F2 – Over-The-Counter Hearing Aids: Good, Bad & Ugly

Amanda Bracken, AuD, Audiologist, Ear, Nose & Throat Center, and Sarah Smith AuD, Audiologist, Ear, Nose & Throat Center

Federal legislation recently passed that will enable individuals with hearing loss to purchase hearing aids over-the-counter at a variety of locations.  Championed by some, feared by others, this session will discuss the pros and cons of this significant piece of legislation.

 

F3 – Android Accessibility: What’s In the Box?

Victor Tsaran, Technical Program Manager, Android Accessibility, Google

Android is a diverse and flexible ecosystem that can serve the needs of different user audiences, including users with disabilities. Such diversity can be overwhelming, but it can be accommodating to various needs. In this session, we will go over the accessibility tools and utilities available on Android OS. We will go on to discuss how to take best advantage of these tools and utilities and where to find assistance and guidance.  This presenter will live conference into this session from an offsite location.

 

F4 – Baking Accessibility Into Your Website

Kevin Lanahan, Web Developer, MO Department of Conservation  

Trying to add accessibility to your website after it launches is like trying to add chocolate chips after the cookies are baked. As a result of the recently revised Section 508 Standards, government agencies have until January of 2018 to assure their websites are in compliance. This session will provide you the ingredients you need to assure your site passes scrutiny.

 

F5 – Braille Notetakers on Three Platforms

Vince Cianfrone, Vice President, NanoPac, Inc.  

Braille Notetakers have evolved and the technology continues to advance.  These new Notetakers are all super computers with varied options of operating systems.  This session will compare and contrast these three hot devices: the HIMS Polaris, Humanware’s BrailleNote Touch, and VFO’s El Braille.

 

F6– Free A.T. – Connect, Collaborate and Create

Mindy Southern, Ed Tech Facilitator, Farmington R-7 School District and Allyson Hensley, Instruction, Curriculum,  Ed Tech Facilitator, Farmington R-7 School District and Dr. Ashley Krause, Associate Superintendent, Farmington R-7 School District

In this session participants will learn about several free web tools that can be used with all students but have added AT features for students with special needs.  Participants will learn the basics regarding how to access the tools and use them with students.  Additionally, participants will gain information on how to connect and collaborate with personal learning networks focused on assistive technology in the classroom.

 

F7  - Entrepreneurship/Employment/Social Enterprise

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