FREE AT Webinars 

Can't travel to the Regional or Local AT Trainings? Webinars offer a great way to participate in Infinitec's free AT training from the comfort of your school or home.  Professional development credit is issued for all live webinars.  The date and time for each live webinar is listed after the webinar description.  All particiipants registered will recive an archived recording.  

Never participated in a webinar before?  Don't worry, it's pretty simple really.  We've provided a couple of documents below that can help you register and get connected.

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Please contact Samantha Conklin with any questions.  infinitecwebinars@ucpnet.org 

 

 

 

 

March 2021

 

Assistive Technology to Increase Opportunities for Work
By Sayard Bass M.S. CCC-SLP/L, ATP - AT Coordinator for Southwest Cook County Cooperative Association for Special Education (SWCCCASE)

When our students begin training for work an interesting change takes place. The environment, and tasks change. So, what about the tools? We do much to train our students for transitioning into their highest level of independence. What is the role of assistive technology in helping students to access these goals? In this hour there will be discussion of task-demands of the vocational environment, tools specific to these environments, disclosure, and self advocacy. The more a student can access, the more opportunities are open to them!
Objectives:
• Identify task demands of different vocational environments
• Learn what tools can meet these demands
• Create a hierarchy to teach tools to prepare adults for work environments
• Create steps to inform co-workers how to work with the AT user
• Discuss the importance of student self-advocacy in using AT in the workplace.

March 9th – 3:30PM-4:30PM CST
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/ycxq7pf3

 


CVI Up Close & Personal: Supporting Our Students in the Classroom
By Shani Chill, MA, MS.Ed, TVI, Perkins-Roman CVI Endorsee; Director of Vision Education at the International Academy of Hope

This webinar will provide innovative strategies to enhance various aspects of instruction for students with CVI. By learning the basics of CVI, it's phases, and characteristics- teachers, related service providers and TVIs will acquire new and fun techniques to create effective and accessible learning environments and materials for their students, including how to make choices for AT devices for individual students, based on their CVI Range and Phase.
Objectives:
• Provide an overview of Cortical Visual Impairment: The causes of CVI and its diagnosis will be explained with a focus on academic applications.
• Discuss the Three Phases of CVI:
• How to determine which phase each student is in;
• How to adapt appropriate phase-based goals and modifications.
• Learn about the Ten CVI Characteristics: By understanding how each characteristic affects our students, we can make simple changes and modifications throughout their day to promote success.

March 23rd – 3:30PM-4:30PM CST
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/y4c76bn5

 

 

Frequently Asked Questions about The Illinois Assistive Technology Guidance Manual - Part II

By Gayl Bowser, M.Ed., Former Coordinator of the Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP), Founding Member of the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) Consortium  
In the spring of 2020 the Illinois State Board of Education released a new edition of the Illinois Assistive Technology Guidance Manual. During a series of informational webinars, participants submitted questions for clarification for ISBE and the writing team; those questions were used in the development of the new Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document. This session will review highlights of the second half of the FAQ document. Questions submitted during the February 8th ‘Frequently Asked Questions about The Illinois Assistive Technology Guidance Manual' webinar will also be addressed.
Objectives:
1. Participants will be provided with a digital copy of the ISBE Assistive Technology Guidance Document FAQ.
2. Participants will be able to list the categories of questions included in the ISBE FAQ Document.
3. Participants will submit questions about the content of the ISBE Assistive Technology Guidance Document and the FAQ.

April 5th - 3:30PM-4:30PM CST
Registration link:
https://tinyurl.com/yacshzn8

 

 

 

Universal Design for Learning and Remote Instruction Series

By Jennifer Courduff, Ph.D. Professor, Azusa Pacific University

This webinar series is  3 sessions, please register for each session separately. If you are unable to attend a session a recording will be sent after it airs live. 

 

Getting through the Screen: Establishing Virtual Relationships with Students with Disabilities
In this interactive presentation, participants will become familiar with ways to deeply connect with students in virtual/hybrid environments. Participants will learn how simple tools (filters, backgrounds, etc), can be used to raise engagement and motivation in virtual settings. We will discuss the power of movement, games, humor, and grace to build relationships and foster virtual collaboration. We are striving for connection - not perfection!
Objectives:
● Participants will be introduced to the Community of Inquiry theory as a powerful tool to develop strong online relationships (teaching presence, cognitive presence, social presence).
● Participants will discuss the four dispositions of intentional serendipity (persistence, flexibility, risk-taking, and optimism). Intentional serendipity has been used by many special educators who develop strong online relationships. I will provide examples and ask participants to think of ways they already possess these dispositions (enable them :)
● Participants will review examples of relationship building through humor, movement, games, and grace.
● Teachers will think about current students who are difficult to reach and we will brainstorm ways to help them establish relationships.

March 1st - 3:30PM-4:30PM CST
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/yyv9kybr

 

 

When you Need to Flip the Teaching: Coaching Parents to Understand and Use Innovative, Practical UDL Strategies for Meeting the Needs of their Children while Learning from Home
For many students, especially young students and students with disabilities, teaching virtually requires a robust level of parental involvement and support. Teachers often act as coaches for parents who help their students with early literacy skills, social skills, and IEP goals. This interactive session will focus on tips, tools, and innovative UDL strategies for partnering with parents to meet the academic, behavioral, communication, and physical learning goals of their students.
Objectives:
● Participants will learn how to create a sense of community within and across student-parent-teacher relationships
● Participants will learn to develop trusting, sustainable online relationships
● Participants will become familiar with online parent-teacher communities such as understood.org, quality indicators for assistive technology (QIAT), and bridging apps.

March 8th - 3:30PM-4:30PM CST
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/yytaqjql

 

 

You have a lot of Tools, Let's Make a Toolbelt for them! (Part 1 of 2)
The pivot to virtual/hybrid teaching and learning has literally forced educators to go all digital. Teachers are now using innovative digital tools to make learning engaging and successful during the pandemic. Now that we have all of these tools, how will we ensure that we don't forget what we have learned when we return to F2F instruction? In this hands-on session, participants will become familiar with Task-Tool matrices that other educators have made as "Quick Start Guides" for remembering tools they found effective during the pandemic. Then, participants will create their own Task-Tool Matrix to use as a Quick Start Guide in their own classroom.
Objectives:
● Participants will curate a list of most the technology tools they have learned to use in virtual/hybrid instruction
● Participants will take part in a discussion on how tools align with UDL strategies
● Participants will be introduced to previously developed Task-Tool matrices in order to gain an understanding of the practical nature of creating such a document
● Participants will be provided with Special Ed and General Ed Technology resources spreadsheet for help with more tool ideas
● Time to develop the preliminary matrices will be embedded into the webinar

March 15th - 3:30PM-4:30PM CST
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/y343xmhj

 

 

Toolbelt Part 2: Refining your Matrix to be Ready for Face-to-Face Instruction (Part 2 of 2)
Now that your matrix is developed, how will you use it in F2F instruction? How can you share your wonderful resources with other educators? In this interactive session, participants will learn how to transition the matrix to an interactive, collaborative tool that can be shared with other teachers on social networks.
Objectives:
● Participants will be given time to share their Matrices with other participants.
● Participants will view teacher created online matrix ideas (Padlet, blogs, Pinterest, etc)
● Participants will be guided through the process of transferring their matrices to an online format

March 24th - 3:30PM-4:30PM CST
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/y2nf8q7j

 

 


AT and PBIS Series

By Keri Huddleston, M.A. CCC-SLP/Assistive Technology Specialist, National Presenter, Consultant, University Instructor

This webinar series is  3 sessions, please register for each session separately. If you are unable to attend a session a recording will be sent after it airs live. 

 

"Oh Behaaaave!" PBIS and AT: Helping Teams to Connect the Dots (Part 1)
Behavioral issues can be overwhelming and intimidating for school staff. Consideration of both Assistive Technology (AT) and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) are required under special education law to help IEP teams meet the unique needs of students with challenging behaviors. However, despite the requirements for AT and PBIS, school teams can still struggle to serve students with behavioral issues. This two-part series will focus on simple, straight forward solutions to help teams identify barriers for student success, encourage staff collaboration to implement vital AT and PBIS strategies, and delineate how AT service providers can help improve behavioral outcomes.
Objectives:
- List common barriers to behavior intervention
- Describe specific strategies to improve behavior intervention
- Identify staff roles and responsibilities including how AT service providers can help improve behavioral outcomes

March 4th - 3:30PM-4:30PM CST
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/y99csvvw

 

 

"Oh Behaaaave!" PBIS and AT: Helping Teams to Connect the Dots Part 2)
Behavioral issues can be overwhelming and intimidating for school staff. Consideration of both Assistive Technology (AT) and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) are required under special education law to help IEP teams meet the unique needs of students with challenging behaviors. However, despite the requirements for AT and PBIS, school teams can still struggle to serve students with behavioral issues. This two-part series will focus on simple, straight forward solutions to help teams identify barriers for student success, encourage staff collaboration to implement vital AT and PBIS strategies, and delineate how AT service providers can help improve behavioral outcomes.
Objectives:
- List common barriers to behavior intervention
- Describe specific strategies to improve behavior intervention
- Identify staff roles and responsibilities including how AT service providers can help improve behavioral outcomes

March 11th - 3:30PM-4:30PM CST
Registration link: https://tinyurl.com/y9hwjgwr