Tuesday, January 17, 2017

11th Annual Nurturing Developing Minds Conference

Theme: Addressing the Challenges of Adversity

Friday, February 24, 2017
Kroc Conference Center • 424 Westfield Street, Greenville, SC 29601

Keynote Speaker
Jeffrey Brosco, MD, PhD
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics, University of Miami
Associate Director, Mailman Center for Child Development
Regional Medical Director, CMS, South Region

Nurturing Developing Minds is a regional conference providing an innovative learning opportunity for a broad interprofessional workforce. Plenary sessions will feature national experts on brain development and function, the impact of adversity, and interventions to support healthy child development. A selection of breakout sessions will give participants the opportunity to learn practical applications to use in their daily work with children and families.

For detailed program/registration information, go to ghs.org/CME-Conferences.

Thursday, January 12, 2017

Free UDL Webinar

From CAST:

                          UDL Now! Revised with Katie Novak

Date: Friday, January 27, 2017
Time: 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EST
Cost: Free
Presenter: Katie Novak


Are you interested in bringing the excitement back to the classroom, engaging your students, and empowering them to personalize their journey? Learn about the importance of involving students in the design and delivery of their instruction, supported by practical tools and strategies to help you begin applying these concepts immediately.

In the revised and expanded edition of her bestseller UDL Now! Katie Novak, a leading UDL expert and author, provides new insights and strategies for helping all learners meet high standards using the Universal Design for Learning framework.

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

Free Accessibility Trainings

Free Webinars

FittingAccessible Educational Materials in Your Teacher Education Program from NCAEM
1/11/2017 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

2017Digital Accessibility Trends from SSB BART Group
1/17/2017 at tbd

Teaching Accessible eRecruiting as a Business Strategy from PEAT
1/19/2017  at 11am Pacific, 2PM Eastern

Implementing Accessible Workplace Tech: Videos & Accessibility from ODEP/PEAT
1/26/2017 at 11am Pacific, 2PM Eastern
Accessibilityfor Google Drive: A closer look at Add-ons as AT from Ablenet
1/26/2017 at 12pm Pacific, 3pm Eastern

Recently Recorded Webinar

CreatingAccessible Tables for the Web from PEAT

Friday, December 16, 2016

2017 Hopes and Dreams Conference Registration Now Open!

We are extremely excited to offer a full day pre-conference Wrightslaw Training on Thursday. Thursday, January 26 & Friday, January 27, 2017
First Baptist Church of Lexington

Followed by a full day of breakout sessions on Friday, including (but not limited to) workshops centered around:

• Student Directed IEPs
• Supported Decision Making
• ADHD and school assistance
• Resources
• Medicaid / TEFRA
• Assisted Technology in Schools
• Financial Planning
• Pediatric Feeding Issues
• Advocacy
• Autism and school assistance
• Behavior and Preschool / School Inclusion

CEUs are available.
                                   SPACES ARE LIMITED! RESERVE YOUR SEAT ASAP!
                                         For information on Registration: click here 

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

SC Assistive Technology Exchange

Help us spread the word about the Exchange!

The South Carolina Assistive Technology Exchange is an online recycling database that helps people with disabilities find affordable assistive technology devices and equipment. The Exchange is designed to facilitate transactions between South Carolinians. The South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP), does not profit from the sale of listed devices.

To register for the SC Assistive Technology Exchange, go to http://www.scatpexchange.net/register.php, complete the page, and sign the disclaimer form. You can register even if you don't have items to immediately sell, give, or find. A password will be generated and you'll be in the system. If you don't have email, you can call SCATP at 803-935-5273 to have your account information entered for you. Items can be viewed without registering, but you need to register to list or get equipment.

Those with equipment no longer needed can list all available devices for use in education, employment, and community living environments, and connect with people interested in finding these resources. If your agency has equipment that no one is using, feel free to list that equipment on the SC AT Exchange.

Monday, December 12, 2016

2017 SC Assistive Technology Expo


Mark your calendars! 

The South Carolina Assistive Technology Program Expo is returning for another exciting year! Come see what's new in assistive technology and listen to free presentations by great speakers.

When and Where?

Wednesday, March 22, 2017 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Ctr.
1101 Lincoln St., Columbia, SC 29201

 Download the 2017 AT Expo Flyer (PDF).

For more information, click here.

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Introduction to Sign Language

An Introduction to Sign Language for Parents and Professionals

Friday January 13th, 2017
SC Assistive Technology Program
15 participants
This is an introduction to sign language workshop. It covers 25 single signs, the manual alphabet, and numbers 1-10. Participants will learn and practice the signs and learn tips for teaching signs to children. It also covers how sign language can encourage speech and language development, enhance overall communication and reduce frustration for children who are not yet able to effectively communicate using speech.
Jill Eversmann is a pediatric speech-language pathologist with 30 years of experience and is a Signing Time instructor. In addition to working in early intervention, she teaches sign language workshops for parents and professionals and is a national speaker with Cross Country Education. She loves working with young children and their families, teaching sign language and sharing the many benefits signing can offer to preverbal and non-verbal children, children with hearing loss as well as to typically developing children. Jill received her B.S. in Speech-Language Pathology from James Madison University and her MS in Speech-Language Pathology from Towson University. She is ASHA certified and licensed in SC.
*Make checks payable to "Jill Eversmann." (Due on date of training.)
*FREE for parents of children with special needs
*FREE for professionals who work with children with special needs

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Call for Proposals!

The 2017 Hopes and Dreams Conference is seeking proposals for our 2017 Hopes and Dreams Conference that reflects the best thinking in the field, informed by theory, research, practice and cognizant of issues of inclusion and disabilities.

This annual conference provides an opportunity for professionals, family members and self advocates to learn more about the resources and support available to the special needs community. Family members are also able to connect with professionals who care for children of all ages with various disabilities and long-term healthcare issues. This increased collaboration between parents and professionals sets the stage for all children and individuals with disabilities to reach their full potential.

Visit our Call for Proposals page to learn more about how to submit a proposal.  

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

SURVEY ENDING SOON: The State of Autism in South Carolina

Survey Closes November 30th!

The South Carolina Autism Society is conducting a survey to assess The State of Autism in South Carolina. This is our most comprehensive evaluation to-date, and will help us determine areas of need statewide.

This survey is designed for Self-Advocates, Family Members, Caregivers, Professionals, and the Community. Your responses will help us determine where to focus our efforts for new projects in the months to come.

Data will be compiled and may be used as evidence of need when applying for grants or other funding. No information identifying any individual will be tracked or shared. The SC Autism Society does not sell any data, personal or otherwise.

Please click here to complete the survey now if you have not already done so!

Should you have any questions, please email Susan Leiby at SusanL@scautism.org.