2016 Schedule of Sessions

Keynote with Mike Marotta
Oct 20 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Join Mike Marotta for an energizing start to a day of learning!

Foundations of Communication: Making Communication a Priority for Every Child
Oct 20 @ 8:40 am – 11:00 am

Laura Taylor, Technology Integration Specialist, Alt+Shift

For all students with significant special needs, the historical focus has been to develop academic and social skills, but without effective communication, these students will never be able to build relationships and demonstrate what they know.

Beginner’s Guide to Bookshare
Oct 20 @ 11:10 am – 12:10 pm

Maria Jimenez, Coordinator of Media Services for Visually Impaired, Kent ISD

Do your students struggle with reading? Then they need Bookshare! Bookshare is an accessible digital library, with over 400,000 titles, available free to students with print disabilities.  You may have heard of it, you may have signed up for it, but have you really implemented it?  Join me to  enhance your understanding of what Bookshare is, what it offers, and who can use it.  Hands-on practice will include how to enroll, how to find books, and how to read books. Leave this workshop ready to support your students as they become successful Bookshare readers!

Designing Switch Accessible Learning Environments
Oct 20 @ 1:10 pm – 3:30 pm

Robin Pegg, Assistive Technology Consultant, Eaton RESA

This presentation will offer participants a general overview how to create curriculum access using switches and simple voice output communication devices. The focus is on implementing strategies from a universal supports perspective according to the curriculum demands.

This presentation is a LEARNING LAB!  Come check out LOADS of examples of what you can do in YOUR classroom to support the most complex learners.  Get your hands on real life equipment and tools that support primary content areas AND electives and specials.  Want to get out of your seat and explore?  Then join  us!!

Keynote with Mike Marotta
Oct 21 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 am

Join Mike for an energizing kick off to the second day of AssisTechKnow!

Don’t Panic – eOrganize!
Oct 21 @ 8:40 am – 11:20 am

Sue Hardin, OTR, MS, is the Assistive Technology Consultant at Macomb Intermediate School District

Do you have students who can’t find anything, don’t know what needs to be done next and are always in a state of panic? Learn how to help your students regulate, control, and manage other cognitive processes through technology support tools. You’ll learn about strategies and tools that help students develop executive function skills that allow them to get things done quickly and efficiently. We’ll explore low-tech to high-tech tools that can be used with multiple devices and in multiple circumstances. You’ll leave with strategies to help your students create external versions of internal executive function systems.


Using Switches & Computers – Eliminate the Headaches!
Oct 21 @ 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm

Mary Kay Anderson, Assistive Technology Consultant, Grand Rapids Public Schools

Computers and digital devices not only open doors to access, but allow students with significant disabilities to demonstrate untapped abilities.  But providing access can be overwhelming!  What type of switch should I use?  Where should I place it?  How does it connect to the computer?  What types of websites or activities can it interact with?  If you struggle to put the pieces together, then join us for an opportunity to get your hands on switches, adapters, and computer-based activities that will open doors for your physically challenged students.

Dying for Donations? Scraping for Supplies? Let Us Help You the Donor’s Choose Way
Oct 21 @ 2:10 pm – 3:10 pm

Ann Post, Special Education Teacher, Grand Rapids Public Schools & Christina Carbone, Elementary Teacher, Grand Rapids Public Schools

You have the ideas, you have the plans, you have the determination – but you don’t have the funds!  Maybe you’re tired of spending your own money?  Or tired of begging your district for money they don’t have?  Join us to learn some effective strategies for tapping into Donor’s Choose, an online charity that posts and tracks teacher project requests.  We have successfully funded a variety of projects and initiatives, infusing our classroom with assistive technology and other resources that had no hope of funding.  Leave with tips, both do’s and don’ts to increase your chances of posting a successful request and getting your project funded!