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Speaker: Stacy Fortney, Eschenbach Optik of America
Cost: Free, but pre-registration is required.
This workshop will provide an overview of the most technologically advanced portable video magnifiers and CCTV's with OCR/TTS products. Hands-on demonstration of Magnification Solutions (Hand held, stands, monocular, telescopes, contrast enhancing filters, lighting, hands free spectacle solutions and more) for all ages and all age related eye diseases. How to assess magnification in seconds w/dioptric equivalents. Training of focal lengths and best training techniques while using magnifiers. Addressing the needs of contrast and lighting. Join us for an informative and hands-on demonstration.
Targeted groups include teachers, administrators, VR counselors, students, AT consultants/specialists, individuals who are visually impaired, and anyone interested in Low Vision. Devices such as hand held magnifiers, stands, telescopes and other vision devices will be demonstrated.
Students who are struggling with reading fluency and comprehension or who have other disabilities can benefit from free or low-cost literacy supports. In this workshop, we will demonstrate many of the resources that can be easily implemented in the classroom. We will approach literacy supports through the Universal Design for Learning concept for all learning styles. We will discuss text-to-speech software, Microsoft built-in features, and mobile solutions, as well as other free resources.
About the Speaker:
Madalina Tudora is an Assistive Technology Specialist for the SC Department of Education. She supports school districts in building capacity for assistive technology by providing guidance, resources and training for local assistive technology teams in SC. She also conducts workshops for teachers, therapists, administrators, and parents on various assistive technology topics. Her undergraduate degree is in Special Education, and her graduate degree is in Psychology. She is nationally certified as an Assistive Technology Professional through RESNA.
Research confirms that seeing the world in ‘a different way’ sparks unique ideas
(The Guardian) - A new study suggests that people with autism display higher
levels of creativity and imagination.In the study,
people with autism were far more likely to come up with unique and novel answers to
creative problems despite having traits that are typically considered to be
socially and occupationally crippling.
Co-author of the study, Dr. Catherine Best, speculated that
these findings ‘may be because they are approaching things very
differently.It goes a way towards
explaining how some people with what is often characterized as a disability
exhibit superior creative talents in some domains’.
‘There are many misconceptions and myths about autism,’ said
Jolanta Lasota, chief executive of the charity Ambitious about Autism, ‘the biggest
one including being antisocial and having a lack of empathy. However, what
people with autism struggle with is fitting their feelings of sympathy and
caring into everyday interactions’.
The SC Autism Society is
interested in bringing workshops to your region! Please click here to complete the
survey so that we can best schedule workshops to meet the needs of the South
Carolina autism community!