The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center (ATAC) in NJ is sponsoring AT Townhalls to provide a platform for professionals and families to discuss AT during these challenging times. Please join the conversation!
AT Town Hall: COVID-19, School Closures and AT: What Do We Do? During these uncertain times, many schools are moving to remote instruction. What does that mean for students with disabilities? How do we ensure that remote instruction is accessible to all students? How can we continue to meet the needs of students who require assistive technology? What do we do about providing related services (OT, PT, SLP) to these students? This is an ever evolving situation and we certainly don’t have all the answers but let’s come together and brainstorm effective solutions. Check out (and add to!) the crowd sourced Google Document with ideas / strategies and questions regarding supporting students with disabilities in these challenging times. Go to: http://bit.ly/remoteaccess4all
Mike Marotta, Director, The Richard West Assistive Technology Advocacy Center, NJ
Panel Members May Include (we all know how things pop up without warning now!):
Chris Bugaj, Assistive Technology Specialist, Loudoun County (VA) Public Schools
Jennifer Edge-Savage, AT Consultant, Saltillo, Professor
Karen Janowski, AT Consultant, EdTech Solutions
Luis Perez, Technical Assistance Specialist, CAST
Kelli Suding, AT Specialist, PATINS
Elisa Wern, OT/AT Specialist
… and more!
ATAC is proud to present a 5-part series on AT and the Older Adult.
This series of 5 webinars covers a range of needs of older adults, including staying in touch with others and controlling home systems, seeing small print or details with greater ease, reading a variety of materials and content, writing supports, and staying independent and safe in the home. Adam Krass and Brian Friedlander will guide you through a range of low- and high-tech options for helping older adults lead lives that are more connected, independent, easier, and safer.
Amazon Alexa Skills: Smart Speakers for Older Adults – Tuesday Nov 24
In this webinar participants will find out how they can use Alexa skills to access audiobooks, improve their personal security, access music, and podcasts.
Magnifiers for Older Adults with Visual Limitations- Tuesday, Dec 1
This webinar will cover traditional and digital magnifiers for enlarging books, newspapers, prescription labels, food packaging, or device screens.
Reading Supports for Older Adults – Wed Jan 6
This webinar addresses reading supports via text to speech Tools as well as how they can access audiobooks from their library, Audible.com, and from their Kindle library.
Writing Supports for Older Adults – Wed Feb 3
In this webinar you will learn about a wide range of low-tech to high-tech supports for handwriting, keyboarding, hands-free writing, spelling, and composing sentences.
Daily Living Supports for Older Adults – Wed March 3
In this webinar participants will learn about a wide range of gadgets and technologies designed to make your everyday life easier, including supports for communicating, eating, bathroom safety, mobility, cooking, and dressing.
To register for one or all the webinars please go to at4nj.org/webinars