Description: The term “assistive technology” tends to put teachers and therapists on high alert when they hear it. Their concern stems from the fact that some of the technologies are extremely complicated and would almost require a specialized degree in order to fully understand how they work. These professionals also have concerns about the reality of that technology being the best solution for the child. The reality is that assistive technology can be beneficial in any classroom. The focus of its use is what makes it so viable in all classrooms. Assistive technology is more like a superhero with a secret identity. Most teachers and therapists are used to using a certain piece of AT for certain situations. When we move beyond that myopic view of this technology, we can see how widely applicable AT becomes.
There is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all” in education, but we can actually take some of the pieces of AT and create enhanced learning environments which serve a number of purposes. First, we need to create environments which have greater accessibility for learning and add to their inclusivity. Then, we work with sensory support items to add to the focus and attention of all students. During this session, we will look at how to re-purpose what you already have and bring it to new life. We will also look at aspects of AT which you may not have thought to bring into the classroom and see how they can easily adapt themselves into daily activities.
Participants will look at AT in a different manner after they leave. They will take away some new ideas or plans to use AT in their classrooms or therapy sessions. They will also know that assistive technology can be used in ways that desensitizes typical students to these devices and create more opportunities for inclusive learning.
Sponsor: School Health, Inc. The presentation will be led by Dr. Ray Heipp.
Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm (Registration begins and coffee will be available at 8:30am)
Location: T/TAC at Virginia Tech's Assistive Technology Lab - 250 S. Main St Suite 326, Blacksburg, VA. 24061
Intended Audience: Special and general education teachers, therapists, and administrators.
Registration: Free and lunch will be provided. Registration is limited to 25. There will be a waiting list available.
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