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ABLE Tech Upcoming Training Events for AT Support Teams
Save the Date for the AT Expo! April 4 at Tulsa Community College
Upcoming Webinars: Feb. 13 and March 6 for AT Support Teams that attended the Dec 4-5 AT.
Feb. 18-19 AT Regional Training - we look forward to meeting new AT Support Team members at the upcoming AT Regional Training Feb. 18-19 Mid Del Technology Center. Participants will hear from national speakers, learn about AT resources for the classroom, and participate in hands-on training on a wide range of topics, such as the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT), Accessible Instructional Materials (AIM), Bookshare, and more!
ABLE Tech News Tip of the Month
"Learn to create materials that are accessible to all students."
The DIAGRAM Center’s Content Working Group has developed a free online resource for creating accessible versions of digital images such as maps, bar charts, diagrams, mathematical expressions, photographs, and more. The “Accessible Image Sample Book” (AISB) shows how to produce materials that enable all students to access and make progress within the general curriculum. Each of the seven chapters in the book shows a different complex image in context of the book it came from, along with helpful tips and the code used to provide the accessible image in a digital book. See (and hear!) the different ways that an image can be made accessible, including: short and long descriptions, tactile graphics, MathML, sonification, audio description, and 3D printing.
Registration is now open for a free DIAGRAM webinar:
To register, visit: https://cc.readytalk.com/r/x35j0nb91h3t&eom
Spotlight on Success
Oklahoma ABLE Tech’s Assistive Technology Consultations, combined with the Short-Term Device Loan Program, helps students with disabilities find new ways to access their curriculum. Below is a glimpse of the success one student and his team had working with ABLE Tech on their consultation:
The student’s educational needs include expressive and receptive communication, including completing written assignments and communicating with teachers and therapists. After collaborating with the school, the speech pathologist and the parent, it was decided that the family and school would trail an iPad with the LAMP Words for Life speech-generating application, as well as other communication and education-related apps.
With open communication within the team and continued support from ABLE Tech, the speech pathologist reports the student:
"… is doing well with the iPad. We utilize the LAMP app in several different ways. We’ve been targeting “action” or “verb” words. Expanding on forming sentences which he had gotten really good at verbally we are typing out sentences (I assist).
[The student’s] assistant says in the classroom, he has been telling her complete sentences verbally to type out on the LAMP app. Using the TapToTalk, [the student’s] inflection and intonation has improved. It is so exciting! We were talking about food and he touched the hamburger and said, “I LOVE hamburgers!” He said it with so much excitement! His overall inflection has improved.
[The student] is very excited about the iPad and is excited about completing tasks using the iPad and apps. … I guess the next step is to see what the eval consists of for [the student] to get the funding for his own iPad.
ABLE Tech will continue to consult and support the student, family, and school until help is no longer needed.
Need assistance consulting on a student's assistive technology needs? Submit your intake form and also view a listing of ATP contacts in your area.