Friday, May 26, 2017

Augmentative Communication Basics and Beyond

Augmentative Communication Basics and Beyond

Date: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Place: SC Assistive Technology Program, Poplar Conference Room
Midlands Center, Poplar Building, 8301 Farrow Road, Columbia, SC 29203
Cost: $20
- Make checks payable to SC Assistive Technology Program. Mail checks to Carol Page, SCATP, USC School of Medicine, Columbia, SC 29208
- To pay by credit card, call Treginald Coleman at 803-935-5296. Be sure to mention the name of the workshop.
Augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) is a complex issue for many parents and speech-language pathologists, but it doesn't have to be! Assessment and implementation of an augmentative and alternative communication system requires strategies for device selection, vocabulary selection, active participation, and facilitating functional communication experiences. This training contains basic information for the beginner or for someone who needs a refresher course on implementation of AAC systems.
Instructor: Carol Page, Program Manager, SC Assistive Technology Program

Carol A. Page, PhD, CCC-SLP, ATP, CBIS is the Manager of the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program (SCATP) at the USC School of Medicine, a University Center for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities, Center for Disability Resources, Department of Pediatrics. Carol is also an Adjunct Faculty member for the University of South Carolina Communication Sciences and Disorders department. She received her PhD degree in speech-language pathology from the University of South Carolina, her assistive technology professional certification from RESNA, and her Brain Injury Specialist certification from the Brain Injury Association of America. Carol provides trainings at a local, state, national and international level on assistive technology for persons with disabilities of all ages, their caregivers and professionals who serve them. She is the 2017 recipient of the Norman J. Arnold Alumni Award from the USC School of Public Health and the Louis M. DiCarlo Award for Outstanding Clinical Achievement from SCSHA.

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

"How my husband and son are teaching strangers about autism"

My husband has a special talent for talking to strangers.  Correction: he has a talent for encouraging strangers to talk to him.
[Read More at Autism Speaks]

Laura Townsend Kane is a medical librarian at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine.  The youngest of her three sons has autism.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Wheelchair Tennis Event-FREE

This is from Pamela Banks of the SC Tennis Association:

Come one, come all!  

What: Wheelchair Tennis Training and Clinic
When: Saturday, June 3
Time: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Where: Cayce Tennis Center, Congaree Drive, Cayce, SC 29033
Sponsor: Orthotic and Prosthetic Assistance Fund (OPAF)   

Morning session for therapists, teaching professionals and volunteers interested in learning more about grassroots wheelchair tennis.  Continuing Education Credits may apply and lunch will be provided.

Afternoon session will be an on court wheelchair tennis clinic and everyone is welcome!

This is being led by two time National Champion Sarah Casteel and supported by USTA SC and sponsored by USTA Wheelchair Tennis.

Friday, May 19, 2017

Register Now for the AAIDD 2017 Conference in Hartford, CT

Promoting Health & Wellbeing
AAIDD's 141st Annual Meeting, Promoting Health & Wellbeing, June 26-29 in Hartford, Connecticut, is really the "must attend" meeting of the year!
Join us for informative and inspiring plenary sessions, cutting edge concurrent sessions, posters addressing emerging issues, and in-depth pre- and post-conference meetings on a number of important topics.
See the full schedule of events, find hotel, and register by clicking here.
The deadline to register at the early bird rate is June 1, 2017.
Registration closes June 14! Register here.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Free Training Opportunities for Educators and School Staff through June 30

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The duration and time of day for each training can be tailored to fit the needs of professionals in your respective school or district. 

Choose from three great training topics 

  1. Social Security Benefits and Employment: Learn the nuts and bolts of what going to work may (and may not!) mean for your students who receive Social Security benefits. This training will equip professionals with the knowledge they need to challenge common misconceptions about SSI/SSDI and employment, available work incentives for beneficiaries, and the community resources available to provide one-on-one support to beneficiaries and their families.
  2. Supported Decision Making and Alternatives to Guardianship: While the evidence base for self-determination and decision making support for young adults with disabilities is expansive, the rate of guardianship has tripled in the US over the last 20 years. Studies indicate that most education professionals are largely unaware of what guardianship entails and the potential impacts it may have on post-school opportunities and outcomes for young adults. This training will prepare educators with the awareness they need to ensure that students and families are being provided an array of options for decision making support to maximize positive post-school outcomes.
  3. Self-Determination and Free Resources for Teachers: This training covers the evidence base behind self-determination as an essential set of skills and awareness for empowering students with disabilities in transition and improving post-school outcomes. Educators will be provided an overview of the free, evidence-based tools available for fostering self-determination skills, collecting data alongside SD skill acquisition, and implementing student-led IEPs.

To schedule a training, simply pick one of the above topics and click the button below.  For additional questions please call Charlie Walters at 803-779-5121 ext 133.

Thank you to the SC Department of Education’s Office of Special Education Services for making these training opportunities possible!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Free Assistive Technology Trainings

Free Webinars -  General and Adult

AAC Devices, Tools and Apps for Individuals with Aphasia and Other Speech/Language Disabilities from AbilityTools
May 11th, 2017 at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern

Introducing the CA Voice Options Pilot Project from Ability Tools
May 16th, 2017 at 10am Pacific, 1pm Eastern

W4A and the Future of Accessible Work from PEAT Talks
May 18, 2017 at 1pm Pacific,  4pm Eastern

How to Improve Your (Website Access) Testing (For Beginners) from SSBARTGroup
May 23rd at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Beginning with the Why: An Introduction to Closed Captioning from NCAEM
May 24, 2017 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

The Nuts and Bolts of Captioning and Describing Online Video from SSBARTGroup
May 25th at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Free Webinars -  K-12 Educators & Parents

Finding and Funding Assistive Technology for Young Children from PACER
May 10, 2017 at 4:30pm Pacfiic, 7:30pm Eastern (90 minutes)

UDL and AEM: Provide Options for Physical Action from NCAEM
May 15, 2017 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

Learning Media Assessment & Assistive Technology Assessments for Students with Multiple Impairments: An Overview  from the Texas School for the Blind and VI
May 15, 2017 at 1pm Pacific, 4pm Eastern

Universal Design for Learning & Accessibility in K-12 Education: Designing Learning to Serve All Students from NCAEM
May 17, 2017 at 11am Pacific, 2pm Eastern

How to Create the Right Environment for Successful AAC Use in the Classroom from AbleNet on May 22, 2017 at 9am Pacific, 11am Eastern

Apps That Support Reading and Writing for Teens and Young Adults from Pacer
May 24, 2017 at 4:30pm Pacfiic, 7:30pm Eastern (90 minutes)

SETC webinars are at 3:30pm Pacific, 6:30pm Eastern

  • May 11, 2017  Mind Mapping Improves  Reading Comp. & Writing Skills
  • May 17, 2017  Boardmaker: Interactive Linking Boards & Moveable Buttons
  • May 18, 2017  Assessing the Need for AT Accommodations for Reading 
  • May 22, 2017  Creating Core Boards in Boardmaker Online
  • May 23, 2017  ChooseItMaker 3- Create Customized Content
  • May 24, 2017  Boardmaker Advanced 2: How to Create and Use Macros
  • May 25, 2017  Clicker Apps for Chrome
  • June 1, 2017   Clicker 7 Overview