Assistive Technology to Support Diverse Learners Across Curriculum Assistive Technology and AAC Workshop Trainings

Contact: Denise Lavoie -

Session 1: AT-UDL Apps, Extensions and Tools: Support Diverse Learners on ALL Devices across the Curriculum.

Morning: Google Apps & Extensions-Your Essential Toolkit for Diverse Learners

Afternoon: The Top 20 iOS Apps and Accessibility Features for Diverse Learners: iPad/iPhone Potential!

How do you support ALL learners across curriculum, including those with disabilities, using free and low-cost apps, extensions, web resources and built-in accessibility features? Join us for this engaging, hands-on workshop focusing on ensuring access, inclusion, and success for All Learners on any device (Chromebook, iPad, Laptop, Tablet, and Smartphones) with specific focus on Google, Apple and Android. These free and low-cost solutions support Personalized Learning and UDL in any subject. Come learn about tools that can support students in accessing curriculum, participating in assignments and activities, researching and studying, note taking, literacy and math support, executive function skills support (organization, time management, scheduling/reminders), Accessible Educational Materials (AEM), transition and more!

Bring your Laptop, Chromebook and iPad for hands-on Learning! Tools to support All Learners including those with Dyslexia, LD, Blind/Low Vision, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Physical, Cognitive and sensory disabilities as well as Autism.

Session 2: AT to Support Executive Function and Successful Transition

Morning: AT to Support Executive Function

Executive function challenge is often described as difficulty with planning, behavior control/regulation, organization and thinking skills. For individuals with Autism, Dyslexia, ADHD, Learning Disabilities, a Nonverbal Learning Disability, TBI or other cognitive disabilities, components of executive functioning can limit functional capabilities in all areas of occupation. Students and adults can experience frequent challenges that lead to frustration and shut down or other behaviors. Preparing students with successful executive function strategies, tools and assistive technologies will support confidence and independence. In this workshop you will learn about AT tools and Apps to support many EF skills such as time management, emotional regulation, self-monitoring, planning and prioritizing, organization, attention and focus, task initiation, writing and research support, and more! Join us for this engaging workshop including demonstrations, discussions, methods of assessment and implementation, and a matrix of tools and resources. Technologies include Chromebooks/Google apps/extensions, iPad/Android/iPhone accessibility and apps, Laptops, wearable technology (smart watches and other options) and light tech.

Afternoon: Successful Transition to College and the Workplace: AT, Accommodations and Advocacy

Transition from High School to College or the Workplace is a significant time in an individual’s life. What Accommodations and Assistive Technologies are available to succeed in Higher Ed and while working? AT supports individuals with disabilities to be able to efficiently and equally access the workplace, college or vocational training, to accomplish tasks that may be difficult or impossible due to their disability. AT demonstrations, case studies and hands-on exploration of the most innovative AT including various devices, tools, apps, software, and adaptive equipment will be demonstrated and explored during group activities and hands-on workstations! Free, Built-in Accessibility and Low-Cost options will be explored. From simple, important features such as OCR and text to speech to more advanced options such as head control and eye gaze. Learn how to support Literacy, Math, Communication, Accessible Digital Documents and Materials, Digital Books and Programs, Note Taking options for school and meetings, Scheduling and Reminders, Organization, Task Management, Sensory and Physical support, Working Memory, Language Translation, Online Learning and online meeting/telepractice to support clients and students. Supports for various disabilities including Cognitive, Dyslexia, LD, Physical, TBI, CVI, Executive Function, Blind, Low Vision, and Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Autism, Learn the difference between HS, Post-Secondary, and Workplace Laws and discuss individual’s rights as well as Self-Advocacy strategies and resources.

Session 3: AAC 101 & AAC Implementation Plans (Augmentative Communication)

Morning: AAC 101

Research, best practice, language acquisition, device play and comparison including apps and dedicated devices (why one app/device is NOT for all), eye gaze, head control and switch use, AAC evaluation process, AAC implementation, funding and acquisition, and group activities.

Afternoon: AAC Implementation Plans

Implementing AAC across all environments, developing a plan with guiding template, Aided Language Stimulation, Modeling across all environments, process, practice, planning, the role/responsibilities of all team members, data collection and assessment tools, realistic examples for daily use, support for family and home collaboration.

Consultants and Facilitators from AT for Education:

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP

Linda Beliveau, ATP

Karen Ringuette, M.S., CCC-SLP

Laura Kessel, M.S., CCC-SLP, ATP

Emma Kuras, B.A., SLA


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Session Location: 25 Triangle Park Drive, Concord, NH 03301