Minnesota Assistive Technology (AT) and Accessibility Summit

St. Paul, Minnesota
Thursday, June 13, 2019
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June 13th only
Accessibility and Accommodations: A Semantic Journey - Jay Wyant - Jennie Delisi - Where does accessibility end and accommodations begin? Learn how the two terms are not interchangeable, except for when they are. Understand how accessibility provides the underpinnings for accommodations. The presentation will combine clear, unambiguous definitions and explanations with hands-on experiences to explore what these terms mean to end-users. Participants will compare the impact of accessible digital information and those with accessibility challenges for switch users, screen reader users, and those using magnification. c. Attendees will learn: i. Definitions of accessibility, accommodation, assistive technology, and related terms ii. Components of accessibility, particularly the State of Minnesota Accessibility Standard, as well as related law such as 504. iii. How assistive technology leverages (sometimes) accessibility and how identify and work with gaps when they occur.  
Add to calendarThursday, June 13, 2019 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM (Central Time)
Location: 135 A/C


Experience Lab  
Add to calendarThursday, June 13, 2019 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM (Central Time)
Location: 135 B/D


Learn digital accessibility testing. Start here, plan your tomorrow.-  
Add to calendarThursday, June 13, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Central Time)
Location: 135 A/C


Experience Lab  
Add to calendarThursday, June 13, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Central Time)
Location: 135 B/D


Integrating local and remote participants - Jay Wyant - Kris Schultz  
Add to calendarThursday, June 13, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central Time)
Location: 135 A/C


Tools to Help Students with Reading Barriers Succeed in School  
Add to calendarThursday, June 13, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central Time)
Location: 155 A


Experience Lab  
Add to calendarThursday, June 13, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central Time)
Location: 135 B/D


Procurement  
Add to calendarThursday, June 13, 2019 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM (Central Time)
Location: 135 A/C


Medicaid IEP AT Billing Requirements  
Add to calendarThursday, June 13, 2019 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM (Central Time)
Location: 155 A/C


Experience Lab  
Add to calendarThursday, June 13, 2019 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM (Central Time)
Location: 135 B/D


Cognitive Accessibility – It’s for More People Than You Think Jennie Delisi  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Central Time)
Location: 135 A/C


Virtual Reality in the Universal Design for Learning Classroom Janet Peters You may have seen the fun Virtual Reality (VR) booths at the mall or amusement park. But, this emerging technology isn’t just fun and games. VR offers some exciting potential for added educational options in a UDL classroom. Participants in this session will learn what VR is, how to use Google Expeditions to enhance lessons/units, and how you can create 360 videos to create your own expeditions. This is an advanced session and assumes knowledge of the UDL frame  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Central Time)
Location: 135 B/D


How Accessible is your Online Course? (Jeff Plaman & Chris Reynolds) Online learning is booming and presents both unique opportunities and challenges for learners who perceive and process information differently. In this session we’ll explore some of the different challenges and ways to address them. We’ll also provide a case study on how a cohort of online K-12 schools engaged with the Digital Accessibility Maturity Model (DAMM) to improve the accessibility of their online courses.  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Central Time)
Location: 166 A


Top Ten AAC Features to Consider - This session will explore the features of AAC device systems that provide a user with the best chance of success as well as tips on how to use the system to support implementation of the device and language for the AAC users in your life. Five important device features we should look for include core vocabulary, motor planning, button size, access to robust vocabulary, and access to device. Five implementation strategies to try include presuming competence, responding and reacting, avoiding physical prompts, using aided language input, and finding motivating activities. These ten tips should be foundational in the work we do with AAC users. Information provided in this session is based on research and experience. (I have a longer description if you need it for selection purposes) -Bridget Gilormini, MST-SLP, ATP, is a speech-language pathologist and RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional. Bridget has worked in the schools, led assistive technology initiatives at the Simon Technology Center, and now works as an assistive technology specialist with Forbes AAC, a manufacturer of speech generating devices. She is passionate about helping others, especially those that don’t have a voice. She believes in presuming competence and having high expectations.  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Central Time)
Location: 155 B


Apps and Wearables to Support Executive Function - This workshop will explore ways that apps and wearable items can be used to support the daily activities of a broad range of age groups. We will look at strategies to use apps on tablets, smart phones, smart watches, and other wearables to support executive function skills. Topics covered will support those who need tools for time management, focus, organization, as well as task initiation and completion. - Paul Sanft is an Assistive Technology Specialist at the PACER Simon Technology Center. He runs the Tech for Teens series of workshops providing teens with disabilities the opportunity to engage in STEM activities such as programming and robotics. Paul also specializes in technology for reading, writing and note-taking for all ages. Tara Bruss is an Assistive Technology Specialist with the PACER Simon Technology Center and Co-Coordinator of the Simon Technology Center Lending Library. She provides services and assistance to individuals, parents, and professionals to increase awareness and capacity for assistive technology including consultations, trainings, in-services, workshops, and webinars. Her specialty areas include technology for reading, accessible educational materials (AEM), writing, executive function, and topics related to assistive technology and post-secondary transition. Terri Rosen is an Assistive Technology Specialist and Director of the PACER Simon Technology Center. She has been the coordinator for PACER’s Project KITE for the past five years, delivering workshops to teams of parents and professionals across Minnesota on topics surrounding assistive technology to support the needs of early childhood and elementary students.  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 8:30 AM - 9:30 AM (Central Time)
Location: 155 A


Making Documents Accessible to Everyone Rachel Kruzel Creating Documents Accessible to Everyone Session Description: With so much of our day-to-day work materials being made in a digital way, it is essential that the documents we create are accessible. In this session, participants will be trained on how to create accessible Word Documents and Google Documents. Pages on a Mac computer will be briefly addressed. Time will be allocated at the end to attendees to practice making a document accessible using the tools learned. Attendees will leave having a list of accessibility features to build into each document as they move forward creating content for both students and colleagues.  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM (Central Time)
Location: 135 A/C


Switch Access Amy Perron  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM (Central Time)
Location: 155 B


How to Get Our Littlest Learners Started, AT for Birth to 5-Year-Olds Pam Moening Federal regulations for early intervention do not specify how to implement assistive technology (AT) for birth to 5-year-olds, but best practice is clear that we need to be considering AT for all students. We will share with you how our team uses evidence-based research to consider, implement and document AT for our youngest learners. We will share a variety of resources with you that we use throughout the students’ early childhood years to make progressing and documenting AT seem reasonable.  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM (Central Time)
Location: 166 A


The Secrets Behind the Eyes 2. The use of eye gaze technology goes beyond accessing the computer it can be used as a tool to better understand a student’s skills, learn their strengths and how to support weakness. Learn how eye gaze is assisting everyone from professional athletes to car manufacturers improve performance and how these same tools can be applied to students. Gather data via eye gaze to gain a better understanding of what a student is attending to, are they reading from left to right, do they look at the words as they a being read to them, what holds their attention, how long does it take them to process/follow a given direction. We will review the technical and functional aspects of eye tracking technology and how it has changed to be more user friendly and accessible. Explore various tools (hardware and software) options that support the use of eye gaze as both a data collection method as well as an access method for those with significant physical and communication challenges. Discover options simpler, smaller and lower in cost making it a viable option for you to use in schools. 3. Katie Champ, Tobii Dynavox Solutions Consultant 4. Katie has been a consultant with Tobii Dynavox since 2010. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing from Iowa State University. Katie has had the opportunity to assist speech language pathologists in assistive technology evaluations, and really enjoys providing support and training to therapists and families in the western Minnesota area. Session Title: Top Ten AAC Features to Consider Bridget Gilormini This session will explore the features of AAC device systems that provide a user with the best chance of success as well as tips on how to use the system to support implementation of the device and language for the AAC users in your life. Five important device features we should look for include core vocabulary, motor planning, button size, access to robust vocabulary, and access to device. Five implementation strategies to try include presuming competence, responding and reacting, avoiding physical prompts, using aided language input, and finding motivating activities. These ten tips should be foundational in the work we do with AAC users. Information provided in this session is based on research and experience. (I have a longer description if you need it for selection purposes) Bridget is a speech-language pathologist and RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional. Bridget has worked in the schools, led assistive technology initiatives at the Simon Technology Center, and now works as an assistive technology specialist with Forbes AAC, a manufacturer of speech generating devices. She is passionate about helping others, especially those that don’t have a voice. She believes in presuming competence and having high expectations  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM (Central Time)
Location: 155 A


Experience Lab  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM (Central Time)
Location: 135 B/D


Adapting Toys Session 1, Beginner/Novice Daniela Gatzke  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 9:45 AM - 10:45 AM (Central Time)
Location: 166 B


Adapting Toys Session 1, Beginner/Novice Daniela Gatzke  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Central Time)
Location: 166 B


The Art of Making Graphics Accessible Jessica Cavazos How do you make sure the images and graphics you are using in your documents are accessible? During this session, participants will learn strategies to make graphics in their documents accessible. Discover tools and learn tips to provide you success in making graphics accessible in your classroom.  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Central Time)
Location: 155 A


Using Digital Platforms to Connect Students and Families Taylor Thomas Emily Manson This session will teach participants how to utilize digital platforms to build meaningful relationships between students and strengthen the school-to-family connection. Participants will learn how to use digital platforms including FlipGrid, Smore, Notability, SeeSaw, and Google Suite. Participants should have a basic knowledge of technology and be willing to learn new strategies and incorporate digital platforms into instruction. Participants should bring a device with internet access.  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Central Time)
Location: 155 B


Creating Content That Works with a Screen Reader (Dave Andrews) How does a screen reader user navigate a document? This session will demonstrate JAWS and NVDA, showing you how they can be used to read various documents. You will also be provided with tips on creating accessible content. Bio: David Andrews has 39 years of experience working in the assistive technology, web accessibility and access to information fields. He is Chief Technology officer of Minnesota State Services for the Blind where he has worked for the past 25 years. In this position he supervises SSB’s Engineering Unit, and works on a variety of accessibility and technology-related issues with SSB and DEED staff as well as other state agencies and SSB partners. He was a part of the group of people who worked together on web and software accessibility issues, whose work ultimately led to the passage of accessibility legislation in Minnesota in 2009. Prior to coming to Minnesota he worked for the National Federation of the Blind, NFB, as Director of the International Braille and Technology Center. The IBTC is the world’s largest demonstration and evaluation center for assistive technology used by blind persons. Andrews has a Master’s Degree in Broadcast Management and has also worked for a variety of radio reading services and telephone-accessed dial-up newspaper reading services.  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Central Time)
Location: 135 A/C


Implementation Strategies Roundup - You have gone through the AAC device evaluation process and now your student or child has an AAC device. So, now what? After matching a device and language system to a user, it’s essential to consider how it will be used across a day. This session will talk about the do’s and don’ts of incorporating AAC while also introducing a plethora of AAC implementation ideas to support families and teams in learning how to speak symbol language and support the AAC users in their life. (I have a longer description if you need it for selection purposes) 3. Presenter Title: MST-SLP, ATP 4. Presenter Bio: Bridget is a speech-language pathologist and RESNA certified Assistive Technology Professional. Bridget has worked in the schools, led assistive technology initiatives at the Simon Technology Center, and now works as an assistive technology specialist with Forbes AAC, a manufacturer of speech generating devices. She is passionate about helping others, especially those that don’t have a voice. She believes in presuming competence and having high expectations  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM (Central Time)
Location: 166 A


PDF Accessibility 101 Tamara Sawyer Many schools and government entities risk being sued for having content that is not accessible. How can you help mitigate risk? By providing digital materials in a format that everyone can use and understand. In today’s digital age, many people rely on assistive technology. Giving them accessible and usable information is essential. This session will cover the basics of creating accessible PDFs, from creation to remediation, to using and understanding the accessibility checker. Protect yourself, protect your employer, and enhance your user’s experience through this session, PDF Accessibility 101.  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central Time)
Location: 135 A/C


iPad Accessibility Monica Capra Lori Warner The iPad provides many accessibility features to support your vision, interaction, hearing, and learning needs. Learn how to configure these features and set up shortcuts for easy access. Participants will have the opportunity to learn and apply these settings during this hour-long session. Monica Capra Monica is a Physical/Health Disability Teacher and AT Consultant with the Goodhue County Education District. She serves students Birth - 21. Lori Warner Lori is an Occupational Therapist and AT Consultant with Northfield School District. She serves student Birth -21.  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central Time)
Location: 155 A


The Eyegaze Edge: Unique Features and Practical Tips Alayna Barber Session Description: When asked how eye gaze systems work, very few people can explain the process. When therapists learn how an eye tracker interacts with the human eye to predict a person's gaze point, they can understand when, and for whom, and eye gaze system might make sense. Beyond successful calibration, additional eye gaze use factors and their importance will be discussed, including rationale for patient and device positioning, level of light and its impact on the human eye, specific medical conditions and eye function. Learn about the features of the Eyegaze Edge for communication and computer access via eye movement. Learning objectives: • Participants will briefly explain the pupil-center corneal reflection method that is used in all eye gaze communication systems. • Participants will list 3 physiologic issues that can impact eye gaze use and how they can be overcome. • Participants will describe a simple procedure to assist in pre-qualifying someone for eye gaze use. Presenter Title: Assistive Technology Sales Representative, Account Manager Presenter Bio: With over a decade of experience in case management and human services care coordination, I am excited to bring my strong human services back ground to the Assistive Technology world! As the Assistive Technology Consultant with Cadan Technologies I am able to use my skill set to help pair technology to those who need it most  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central Time)
Location: 155 B


Assistive Technology for Improving Environmental Access and Independence - Drew Redpenning - Off-the-shelf technology, such as the Amazon Echo, have made environmental access more obtainable for everyone. Other assistive technology tools aimed at increasing daily independence are also becoming more available. This session will focus on environmental controls ranging from off-the-shelf technology to designated assistive technology devices. It will also touch on some of the assistive technology currently available for computer access, phone access, and adaptive gaming. Attendees will be more knowledgeable of the applications of the different technology and considerations to make when implementing them to increase user independence Drew Redepenning is the Assistive Technology Specialist at Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute in Minnesota, where he has worked for the past 2 years. He is an ATP and has his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Minnesota. Drew provides direct assistive technology support to the entire Courage Kenny clinical service line and performs all assistive technology assessments for the vocational services department. He works in many areas of assistive technology ranging from vocational and educational tools to adaptive gaming and environmental access.  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central Time)
Location: 166 A


Adapting Toys Session 2 Daniela  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM (Central Time)


Adapting Toys Session 2 Advanced Daniela Part 2  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM (Central Time)


AAC: Beyond Direct Select - Individuals who have the capability of direct select using augmentative alternative communication (AAC) have a powerful means to communicate and engage across settings. But what if someone does not have that capability? Join me to explore other accessibility options for AAC users in order to give them the power to communication and access their world! - "MariBeth Plankers is the Facilitator of the Regional Assistive Technology Center at Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM), which is a lending loaning library of Universal Design for Learning and Assistive Technology tools. At the MSUM’s Speech Language and Hearing Clinic, MariBeth is a Clinical Supervisor where she provides clinical education in the areas of autism spectrum disorders, augmentative alternative communications and telepractice. Clinical services include evaluations and Intervention implementation in the areas of reading comprehension and written language, augmentative alternative communications, assistive technology, pragmatics and language. Katelyn Darby is a Graduate Assistant for the Regional Assistive Technology Center at MSUM."  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM (Central Time)
Location: 166 A


Many of our students with learning differences and attentional difficulties experience issues with starting, maintaining focus, and finishing tasks. Executive function is an umbrella term for cognitive processes that regulate, control, and manage mental skills, such as planning, working memory, attention, problem solving, verbal reasoning, inhibition, mental flexibility, task switching and initiation and monitoring of actions. In short, executive function allows us to complete tasks quickly and efficiently. When a person struggles in this area the feelings of failure are multiplied. Executive function skills are expected, yet, they are rarely explicitly taught in the classroom. Using Dr. Thomas Brown's model of executive function, this presentation will explore the processes and tools available to help in each of the areas of activation, focus, effort, emotion, memory and action. The technologies used to assist individuals with executive function issues to overcome these barriers range from low-tech to high-tech and are useful over multiple devices and in multiple circumstances. Todd Hanson  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM (Central Time)
Location: 155 A


PDF Accessibility: 201  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM (Central Time)
Location: 155 A


Experience Lab  
Add to calendarFriday, June 14, 2019 2:15 PM - 3:15 PM (Central Time)
Location: 135 B/D


 

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    • Cost: $90.00 per day or $125 for both days 
       
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      Zumbro Education District   
      801 Frontage Rd NW  
      Byron, MN 55920   
       
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      Zumbro Education District   
      801 Frontage Rd NW  
      Byron, MN 55920   
      Fax: 507-775-2040   
      Email: cwernau@zumbroed.org 

       

      Sponsors 
       Minnesota Low Incidence Projects

        • MN Council for Exceptional Children


      This initiative is made possible in part with a grant from the Minnesota Department of Education using Federal funding CFDA 84.027A, Special Education - Grants to States. This conference does not necessarily represent the policy of the federal Department of Education or the state Department of Education; endorsement by the federal or state government should not be assumed.

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