Date

November 19th - 20th 2015

Location

Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, RI

Exhibit Hall

Full Vendor Hall on Friday

Presentations

Over 30 Presentations

We're Expanding! / Join us for two days of amazing presentations

The Assistive Technology Conference of New England features state-of-the-art workshops, information and exhibits on the technologies that enhance and change the lives of persons with disabilities of all ages.
Attended by hundreds from New England and the North East each year, the conference focuses on uses of technology in education, communication, employment, recreation, home, and independent living.  This year’s conference will feature an extra full day of more in-depth workshops that will be presented by AT experts from all over the country AND the Bringing Access to Life Expo!

Attendee Registration

Exhibitor Registration / Early Bird Rates Available through July 31st

Early Bird Rate deadline is July 31. Your registration includes discounted rate for exhibit space, your company/agency name and website link on the Conference website, and your company/agency information listed in the Conference Program Book.

Exhibitor Registration

Conference Schedule / Be sure to view both days!

Chrome Bootcamp

Participate in a full day hands on learning experience - explore the Chrome Operating System and the Chromebook platform. Participants will dive deep into the Google Apps for Education suite of tools as well as the built in accessibility features of Chromebooks. Chrome is the latest trend in Assistive Technology - see what all the excitement is about! Participants will experience an array of Google Chrome apps and extensions that could be beneficial to ALL students. By leveraging the power of this common browser, we can make significant customization to meet the needs of struggling students. Areas covered will include: reading, writing, brainstorming, and organization. Through hands on learning experiences, participants will develop strategies to integrate these powerful tools into the curriculum to promote a Universal Design for Learning classroom by engaging various learning styles. In order to maximize learning, participants are strongly encouraged to bring a Chrome equipped computer to the training, however, any operating system will work. The items and activities will be accessible whether on a Chromebook, Windows or Mac computer. Participants should also have a Google Account, in order to access Google Drive and the apps / extensions we will utilize throughout the day.

Apps Across the Curriculum – Supporting Struggling Learners on all Devices & Platforms!

Many schools are implementing BYOD (Bring your own device) as well as issuing Chromebooks, iPads, and laptops, and some are Going Google! How do you support struggling learners on all of these devices, using free and low cost Apps & AT solutions? Join us for full day of hands-on app support! Half-Day iOS apps for the iPad; Half-Day Chrome Apps & Extensions for all other devices (Laptops, android tablets, Chromebooks, windows tablets, Surface Pro). You will also learn about free and low cost AT solutions to support your struggling students to access textbooks and learning materials (Handouts/ worksheets), and to complete assignments using technology. AT and app solutions to support students with learning disabilities, Dyslexia, Physical disabilities, blind or low vision students, and students who need support with executive function, literacy and math. These apps and assistive technology supports will foster access and success across all platforms, devices, and subjects!

Accessibility in an Age of Transitioning Technology

Technologies are evolving at a rapid rate. Even new emerging technologies, from tablets, cloud apps and Bluetooth access devices continue to morph and change. Instead of just learning how a specific device works, this session will focus on learning how to provide accessibility to both content and technology with what is current, and strategies for learning how to utilize and incorporate new technologies as they arrive on the educational scene. Learn how to easily integrate a plethora of diverse devices, from iPads, Android, Chromebook, computers, Bluetooth technologies, switches, cloud apps and more into your learning environment through common apps, commonalities of devices, hardware solutions and the cloud, and how to thread accessibility, from access to supports for expression and communication, across all technology platforms.

Switch School

Switch School is professional development for staff and family members that work with children with multiple special needs that access the world through the use of switches.  This workshop will discuss access types, mounting, description of different switch clicks and which software programs and apps match that type of switch click access,  suggested software programs, how to customize software and apps,  interfaces for both the computer and the iPad, environmental controls, using a switch in daily living and play activities, switch use to activate communication devices etc.  We will also develop teacher made supplemental tools and manipulative kits, discuss how to  adapt commercially bought toys/games/appliances and strategies for including these switch activated AT tools and toys into meaningful learning opportunities.

Enhancing Communication and Learning for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum

This training will illustrate methods used in the clinical model developed in the Autism Language Program at Boston Children's Hospital, intended to expand receptive and expressive language development. Specifically, it will discuss the seven communicative operations outlined in the Program's book, Enhancing Communication for Individuals with Autism: A Guide to the Visual Immersion System, including: protesting, requesting, commenting/labeling, directives, questions, transitions and social pragmatics. It is intended to challenge audience members to think about visual supports in AAC in an expansive manner, far beyond simply requesting and protesting, and to use them with individuals with ASD to promote generative and appropriate communication skills and abilities.

Strategies for Implementing AT

During this session, participants are presented tips for successful implementation of assistive technology in schools. This includes a systematic way to address integrating assistive technology into the classroom. The first focus will be on planning for curricular based activities at the highest levels of academic, physical, social and independent participation supported by assistive technologies and strategies. Participants will receive a resource list and a planning matrix. The tips in this matrix relate to the adaptations and modifications in reading and writing tasks since these activities cross the curricular areas of Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies/History. Apps, software, and tools of assistive technology can be utilized to support students in each of these areas throughout the school day and educators need to be reminded that it doesn’t have to be complicated, but it does need to be plannful. We will be demonstrating a wide variety of these examples Participants can come with a particular classroom or student in mind or be individuals who have a responsibility for a small or large program, these strategies will work in all of these locations. Participants are encouraged to bring their classroom schedule and/or a list of students and their individual schedules. They will have opportunities to work on creating an implementation plan yourself or with colleagues who also attend.

Free and Low-Cost Assistive Technologies for Struggling Readers and Writers – Create Your AT Toolkit!

This hands-on, full day workshop will focus on free and low-cost AT, digital tools available to support both struggling readers and writers. A wide variety of AT tools will be shared including many of those for Google Chrome, internet-based tools, and within iOS. Attendees will have time during this session to trial and use a variety of these supports in order to create their own toolbox of tools and strategies they can take and use with students the next day in the classroom! Learners will also discover how to create and differentiate material for students quickly and easily using many of the free tools demonstrated. A Google doc with extensive resources will be provided as well. Participants are encouraged to bring personal devices such as Chromebooks, laptops (with Chrome installed), and iPads/Minis/Phones and will be notified beforehand what tools should be installed before the workshop, including a Google account.

Creating and Sustaining an AAC Environment: Low Tech to High Tech AAC Solutions

AAC includes signs, gestures, picture-based systems, written communication and voice output systems. Client candidacy is based on a careful process of feature matching, which pairs the individual’s areas of strengths and needs with different features of the various systems. Successful use of AAC is not only based on feature matching, but is also dependent on environmental and social factors. Environments, tasks and activities need to be carefully designed and adapted to support AAC use and implementation. In addition, team members need to be aware of evidence-based strategies (such as aided language stimulation) and prompting hierarchies in order to foster independent AAC use.

Individuals with Differing Needs: Bridging the Gap Between PECS and Dynamic Display (Vendor)

During this presentation learner will be informed of the RFID (Radio Frequency Identification) Technology that is used in most of our devices. Listeners will learn how the technology is uniquely used for speech devices to expand and meet the needs of individual sensory and motor planning skills through tactile and voice feedback. Listeners will learn how these devices can bridge that gap between PECS and a dynamic screen device. This presentation will touch on the topic of blind and demonstrate ways that the BrailleCoach, ProxTalker, and ProxPAD can be used to help non verbal blind individuals and those who need to learn Braille and implement it in their daily living.

Augmentative Communication Strategies to Support Students with Poor Intelligibility

Do you have students who struggle with poor intelligibility? Students who are verbal but have intelligibility issues that impact their ability to be successful communicators across contexts and with a variety of communication partners? If you answered yes, this workshop is for you! Attendees will learn a variety of augmentative communication strategies to support students with poor intelligibility. Supports for both non-readers and students with basic and emerging literacy skills will be discussed. We will explore lo-tech through hi-tech augmentative communication supports and share ideas for implementing these strategies. Implementation strategies will focus on getting our students to talk more, in more places, and with more people.

Top 10 Ideas for Including Students with Significant Learning Difficulties

In this session participants will explore ideas for thoughtfully and meaningfully working with students with multiple significant difficulties through using a range of low and high tech tools. Discover AT ideas for ensuring that all students can participate and have a voice in the classroom. Experience the power of battery-operated toys, battery interrupters, switches, switch toys, switch interfaces, PowerPoint, alternate keyboards, Powerlinks, iPads, eyegaze, accessible software, online resources, favorite ipad apps and more. Explore the Top10, of Assistive Technology in transforming the academic and leisure experiences of students with significant difficulties. Brainstorm and share ideas and resources for making curriculum accessible for ALL students.

Personalize Learning through a Suite of Products for the Inclusive Classroom

Writing doesn't just happen at a child's desk. Having materials immediately available for students who have difficulty writing is a challenge in any classroom. This is especially true when your student is fully included in an elementary environment that does lots of writing to demonstrate knowledge; and don't forget that never ending pile of worksheets. How do you keep up with giving a student access to all of the same learning experiences as the rest of the kids in the class? During this session we will demonstrate apps and software programs that are flexible enough to be customized on the spot or have downloadable free writing activities tied to curricular content or modules. We will give demonstrations of iPad apps and software from K-6 classrooms. We will give demonstrations of iPad apps and software from K-6 classrooms. We will show pictures from classrooms set up from all the areas of the classroom in which writing occurs. Writing doesn’t just happen at a child’s desk.

The Inclusive Library: A Model for NOW!

What does it take for libraries to ensure that they are truly open and inclusive for ALL?  Public libraries are natural sites for accessibility – since they are free for ALL persons of ALL ages and backgrounds.  Digital literacy and access to information are priority charges for today’s libraries.  In this session, we will share an exciting model of services to address these priorities with sustainability in mind - ALL Access in the Libraries.  This presentation will cover:
  • National context and rationale for accessibility and inclusion In libraries
  • Results of a comprehensive survey of accessibility in RI libraries (2015)
  • ALL Access in the Libraries project components and results to date
  • Accessibility plans and supports in one urban public library (including low tech supports)
  • The Assistive Technology Exploration Station model for libraries
Materials will be shared.  Participants are invited to bring questions and ideas to share during the discussion period at the end of the session.

The ADA and Transition-Aged Youth Seeking Employment

Graduating from high school is a rite of passage that is both exciting and scary. To help smooth the transition from high school into employment there are important differences between the ADA and IDEA that young people need to know and talk about. We will discuss disclosure and asking for a reasonable accommodation on the job. It can feel tough to talk about a disability for the first time in a new environment, so it can help to think about the accommodations you need to do your job beforehand.

Engaging Students with Different Learning Styles Through Digital Storytelling with Case Studies (Vendor)

A classroom full of students with different learning styles can be a challenge. How do you get everyone to engage in learning when there are many differences? In some cases, all of the students in class may have disabilities. Digital Storytelling can help overcome this problem by allowing students to express their learning in different ways. Since many people learn and communicate in different ways, often the written word is not effective. This is a fundamental principle of Universal Design for Learning (UDL). We will explore how digital storytelling can be used as a communication option for learners, presenters and teachers and how they can all work together.   The centerpiece of this presentation will be a case study from an elementary age class from The Learning Center for the Deaf where students collaborate and develop a final multimedia project to show what they learned.   Digital Storytelling allows for the use of pictures, drawings, videos and audio to explain or present ideas. Bring your iPads or iPhones to get hands-on with the 30hands app for iOS and experience creating your own digital story using iterative creativityT. For those without iOS devices, we will break into teams.

The ABC’s of AT for the Aging

During this session participants will examine a variety of apps and devices available to seniors as they age. Apps to enhance vision, hearing, communication and memory will be demonstrated and feature matching will be explored. A variety of devices and adaptations will be discussed to help seniors age in place. Assistive Technology to enhance safety in and around the home will be explored. Attendees will discover both commercially available solutions and solutions they can quickly and easily make themselves using easy to obtain materials. Attendees can expect to leave with a broader knowledge of what exists and what is new and innovative in the world of Assistive Technology for seniors.

iOS Switch Control by ablenet (Vendor)

Never before has a mobile operating system come with such a powerful switch accessibility toolset built directly into the operating system. With one or two switches connected via Bluetooth, users with significant physical disabilities can easily access an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch running iOS to do tasks like communicating with an AAC app, writing an email, browsing the internet, watching a video, or listening to music. Every app, every screen item, is now accessible. This session will share the powerful new accessibility features in IOS for Switch Control. For users with significant physical disabilities, Switch Control is a much needed feature that provides access to almost every feature in iOS through the use of one or multiple switches connected via Bluetooth. Participants will view a video on how to set up Switch Control for one or two external switches. The NEW Blue2 Wireless switch will be introduced. This switch provides a sleek, modern design with new features that make it compatible with iOS and all apps and features.

Camera Mouse Head Controlled Computer

The Camera Mouse program was developed at Boston College to help people with disabilities use the computer. The main audience for this program is people who do not have reliable control of a hand but who can move their head. People with Cerebral Palsy, Spinal Muscular Atrophy, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Traumatic Brain Injury, various neurological disorders use this program and its predecessors to run all types of computer software. Camera Mouse works as a mouse replacement system for Windows computers so it should work with just about any application program. For example people use Camera Mouse with entertainment programs, education programs, communication programs and web browsers.

Simply Accessible: Use Your PC and Smartphone to Create Easy-to-Understand Multimedia Materials

Advocates in Action RI is an independent statewide Self-Advocacy organization. Our mission is to empower people who have a developmental disability to advocate for themselves and others, to support and strengthen the Self‐Advocacy movement and to raise awareness about disability issues in the community. One of the ways we do this is by creating a variety of multimedia educational materials that are designed in a simplified and accessible format. Our techniques has helped to empower individuals who may have an intellectual/developmental disability which would otherwise prevent them from learning in the traditional printed-word format. As a Self-Advocacy organization, we strive to help people become educated about their options, aware of available resources, able to make informed decisions so that they are in greater control of their lives, and involved within the community. We love using technology to help us do this!

Chrome as AT – Going Google!

Many schools are increasing their use of Google Chrome Apps for Education, as well as implementing 1:1 devices for students, including the Chromebook, or laptops with access to the Chrome Browser. How do you support the struggling student while using Google Chrome? Come learn about several FREE apps and extensions to support your struggling reader or writer, including options for text to speech, voice recognition (speech to text), highlighting and study skills, organization and time management, mind-mapping, researching, visual support, math support and more! These apps and extensions support all learners, including those who struggle with literacy and executive function.

Become a Digital Publisher: Create Your Own Engaging Materials for Students and Adults

Mobile devices are everywhere! But…how do we leverage the power of these tools to provide access to educational materials? This session will focus on strategies and tools to enable us to create and deliver materials to students and adults – regardless of the devices they are using. Bring your own technology to the session to enhance your learning experience. The facilitator will guide the participants through strategies to create and manage customized electronic materials.

Google Tools to Support Reading and Writing

Reading and writing supports are constantly being developed for Google Apps for Education and the Chrome Browser. Read&Write for Google, iPad, and Android by TextHelp are designed to assist struggling readers and writers and includes features such as word prediction, text-to-speech, picture dictionaries, highlighting, etc. TextHelp offers a FREE annual subscription for educators. This workshop will demonstrate the best Google has to offer including Read&Write, Beeline, Clearly, Read Comfortably, Dyslexie, and other extensions that work alone or in conjunction with Read&Write to add unique supports and scaffolds for our students.

Lock and Key: Securing iPad Accessibility with Third-Party Keyboards

As many people with learning disabilities already know, the iPad has developed into an indispensable tool for various language-based activities. With each new release of its mobile operating system, iOS, Apple has put a great deal of effort into steadily improving the built-in accessibility features of the iPad. Users can take advantage of built-in dictation, word prediction, and multiple options for text-to-speech. Now, the newest version of the operating system, iOS 8, allows for the installation of third-party keyboards, increasing the amount of assistive technology that can be used universally with iPad apps that involve reading and writing. This presentation will first review how alternate keyboards are installed and used on iPads. Then, a number of specific keyboards will be demonstrated, including Read&Write for iPad, Keeble, Ginger, and TextExpander.

Develop Writing with Clicker (Vendor)

From their first steps in writing to becoming independent, confident writers, Clicker supports students at all stages of writing development. Discover how the innovative reading and writing tool uses targeted scaffolding as an effective strategy for developing the writing skills for students of all abilities, and in particular for emergent and struggling writers, English language learners, and students with special educational needs. Clicker’s powerful features, including speech feedback, word prediction and word banks, and integrated painting tools and webcam support, are used to target areas essential for learning the mechanics of writing and the necessary skills for the writing process. As a result of this session, participants will be able to identify Clicker’s innovative features that support students through all stages of writing development; recognize ways to integrate Clicker into a writing program; and understand how special student populations that will benefit from Clicker's integrated tools and easy customization.

Playing with a Full Deck: Using AT to Study Vocabulary

Back in the old school days, learning vocabulary involved index cards, markers, and images cut from old magazines. Students proudly carried around their color-coded vocabulary decks, either in their pockets or tucked away in their Trapper Keepers. Unfortunately, those decks were not accessible to students with learning differences. If they had difficulty reading the text themselves, they had to rely on others for help. Nowadays, there are many options for electronic vocabulary study that students can access independently. This presentation will explore desktop software, web-based tools, and iPad apps that can be used to build vocabulary. The discussion will include Read&Write Gold’s dictionary and picture dictionary, Inspiration, iFlash for Mac, Quizlet, Rewordify, Flashcards Deluxe, Endless Alphabet, Endless Reader, and iBooks textbooks. With these assistive technology tools, vocabulary study can go way beyond the traditional flashcard deck.

Exploring the Use of the iPad for Literacy Instruction

Using the iPad for literacy instruction, means investigating how this device can facilitate positive and successful reading and writing practices for all students. In this session, participants we will explore iPad accessibility options, accessories, and third party apps that provide useful opportunities for building literacy skills. These apps will be identified because of the important features, customizable settings and ease of use for both teacher and student. The instructor will demonstrate and provide resources on how to evaluate an app and determine its potential use for classroom instruction.

AT Strategies to Aid Students with Written Expression

Assistive Technology promotes greater independence by enabling individuals to perform tasks that they previously struggled with or were unable to accomplish, including written expression. Through a combination of low-tech (word banks, sentence starters, graphic organizers) and high-tech tools (apps: DocAs, Co:Writer, built in accessibility features of software), educators are able to provide students with increased access to the ability to complete written expression tasks more independently within the general education curriculum. This session will explore an array of low-tech and high-tech tools that support legible handwriting, spelling, organization and sequencing of ideas, increased written output and strategies for completion of open-response questions.

Autism, Apps and AT

Participants will learn about the continuum of assistive technology tools that can help support students and individuals with Autism in a variety of environments including home, school, work and in the community. There will be demonstrations of powerful apps, as well as accessibility options for mobile devices. Participants will gain insight on the power of low-tech tools for individuals with Autism. There will be discussions on how to determine the most efficient tools and ideas for how to implement them successfully. Assistive technology supports demonstrated will include items for enhancing social learning, sensory supports, leisure time, academic and functional skills, personal safety, visual supports and schedules, adapted books as well as social stories.

Mobility Independence (Vendor)

A presentation on key features that able individuals with certain special needs the ability to drive and be mobility independent. My main focus will be on presenting the accessibility and convenience that a handicap wheelchair ramp van offers. We offer both side entry and rear entry wheelchair accessible vehicles. Either the individual themselves can drive the vehicle with the assistant of specialty equipment or they can opt to have family members drive. Aside from presenting the ins and outs of the vehicle itself and their capabilities, I will then present the specialty equipment that aides the individual who wants to drive. Things such as hand-controls, which allows the individual to operate the accelerator and brakes simply by using the hands and not the feet. As well as many other assistive technology equipment that allows individuals to drive with ease and comfort. My goal in doing this presentation is that the individuals and their family members know that there are many options in terms of vehicle mobility and that the key take away is that we “Adaptive Mobility” can offer mobility convenience and independence!

Assistive Technology for People with Psychiatric Disabilities

Psychiatric disabilities or mental illness affects an estimated 40 to 50 million Americans, with many more people experiencing distressing symptoms each year. Very little is known by most mental health professionals, assistive technology specialists, rehabilitation counselors, or the general public about the important role that assistive technologies can play for people with a psychiatric disability. This presentation will introduce assistive technologies that are being used successfully by people with psychiatric disabilities to achieve employment and other life goals. This session will share specific resources that are inexpensive, customizable and very effective. Attendees will receive access to an extensive e-book of resources at no charge.

Tech Tools for Students with DYSLEXIA

In this session, we will discuss and demonstrate a wide range of technology tools available to help students who struggle with Dyslexia. We will explore a continuum of tools and resources that will fill your student’s digital toolkit – giving them better access to the general curriculum. Tools will include best practice, implementation strategies, websites, graphic organizers, text to speech, dictation, note-taking, word prediction, and many more.

Conference Tickets / Early Bird Pricing available through September 30th

Pre Conference Workshop - November 19th

$125

This ticket is for
One Pre Conference Session Only

Thursday’s Ticket includes:
Selected Full Day Workshop
Full Lunch

Single Day Conference - November 20th

$125

This ticket is for
Friday Conference Only

Friday’s Ticket includes:
Access to all Workshop Sessions
Vendor Hall
Bringing Access to Life Expo
Coffee & Pastry Breakfast/Full Lunch

Full Conference - November 19th & 20th

$225

This ticket is for
Both Conference Days
Thursday: Selected Full Day Workshop
Full Lunch
Friday:
Workshop Sessions & Vendor Hall
Bringing Access to Life Expo
Coffee and Pastry Breakfast & Full Lunch

Conference Location

Crowne Plaza Providence-Warwick

801 Greenwich Ave
Warwick, RI 02886

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