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.

Monday, November 07, 2016

Autism Speaks Grant for iPads

Autism Speaks is thrilled to announce that this year, 685 iPad Airs will be awarded to financially disadvantaged people with autism. The application is now open!

Eligible applicants are individuals who:
• Have been diagnosed with autism by a licensed professional
• Reside in the United States
• Have limited income and cannot afford to purchase an iPad.

The timeline is below:
• November 7: Online application opens at 6:00 a.m. EST
• November 11: Application closes at 11:59 p.m. EST
• November 15 - December 9: Review committee selects recipients
• December 15: Recipients announced and iPads sent out!

Applications must be submitted by the person with autism, an immediate family member of the person with autism, or a licensed social worker or therapist. The Technology Grant Review Committee will review applications and select the iPad award recipients. All applicants selected to receive an iPad Air will be contacted by December 15. If selected, the iPad will be shipped via UPS directly to the address provided with the application. Others will receive an email informing them of their status.


You must create a login and further instructions will be provided.

Questions? Contact us at ipads@autismspeaks.org. Please note that emails will take up to 12 hours to receive a response, but every email will be answered! Also, we cannot accept applications from outside the United States.

*This year’s iPad program was generously funded by the proceeds from GameStop’s April in-store donation campaign.* 


Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Free Assistive Technology Webinars

 Free Assistive Technology Webinars

Free Webinars - General, Adult, and All Ages
5 New Accessibility Features in iOS 10 from AbleNet
11/1/2016 at 9am Pacific, 12pm Eastern

Best Practices for More Accessible Social Media from the Nat. Ctr. on AEM
11/9/2016 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Implementing Accessible Workplace Tech: Creating Accessible Tables for the Web from PEAT on 11/9/2016 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Tools to Enable Authors Creat ePub Documents from EASI (Date not posted yet,)

Accessibility Features in Mobile Devices – What Is New in iOS and Android? from AbleNet on 11/29/2106 at 11am Pacific, 3pm Eastern

Free Webinars -  K-12 Educators & Parents

iCATER has short (10-20 min.) webinars held at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern. (No need to pre-register.)

     • Chrome – Snap and Read Universal (11/2)
     • iPad - Sounding Board (11/09)
     • Chrome – Science Bits (11/16)
     • iPad – 30/30 (11/30)

Apps and AT to Support Executive Functioning from AbleNet
11/10/2016 at 1:30pm Pacific, 4:30pm Eastern

SETC is back with webinars at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern:

     • AAC Considerations for Students with Multiple Disabilities -  Nov. 1, 2016
     • ThingLink and Padlet (free tools) -  November 2,2016
     • Tech for Writing: Speech Recognition -  November 2
     • Let’s RAAP With Kids: Read, Ask, Answer, Prompt -  November 7
     • Google Chrome Reading & Writing tools -  November 8
     • Let’s Explore Sway.com -  November 9
     • Snap&Read -  November 28
     • Office 365 in Education -  November 29
     • Intro to OneNote & Learning Tools -  November 30
     • Co:Writer -  December 5

Recently Recorded Webinars

From Center on Technology and Disabilities

     • Innovations in STEM Education: Technology to Support Students with Autism
     • 3-D Printing in Education: Building New Pathways for Learning
     • Supporting Students with Dyslexia: Standards, Accommodations, and Strategies

Short 10-20 min. lessons from iCATER on YouTube 

     • FlipWriter
     • Verbally
     • Mod Math
     • Extensity on Chrome
     • Blindfold Games for iPad

Speaking the Same Language: Making Closed Captioning Work from ADAOnline