WORKSHOP PRACTICE STATEMENT
TechACCESS is aware that there are many opportunities available for online/webinar professional development. We have a strong belief that opportunities for hands-on, collaborative workshops are invaluable. Attending workshops with your peers and a TechACCESS staff person allows you to gain insight and knowledge from all participants.
Location: All workshops, unless otherwise noted, will take place at TechACCESS in Warwick, RI. Click here for directions.
Registration and Payment: All participants must pre-register for workshops online or by calling 401-463-0202. Credit cards, check and POs are accepted. We regret that we cannot process refunds.
Cancellation: TechACCESS of RI reserves the right to cancel any workshop with less than 6 registered participants. We will attempt to make this determination 7 days prior to a scheduled workshop (so please REGISTER EARLY!). In the event that TechACCESS cancels a workshop, the registration fee will be credited toward a future workshop or refunded.
Special Accommodations: Persons requesting accommodations must call at least 3 weeks in advance.
A certificate of attendance with contact hours will be provided for all workshops. For information on how these certificates can be used for ASHA, please visit: http://www.asha.org/certification/ReportingUnits.htm.
People with visual impairments, physical disabilities and/or learning disabilities can look to Bookshare to dramatically increase the timely availability of books and newspapers in accessible formats. Come and find out how Bookshare works and explore the Bookshare app! Presented by: Jayne Rabideau https://www.eventbrite.com/e/reading-with-bookshare-tickets-26846864695
For many individuals, time on the iPad is a solitary activity. However, the iPad can be used to engage small groups of children in educational and therapeutic activities. This workshop will demonstrate the apps that are available to teachers and therapists that will allow them to use their iPad for group activities in the classroom and in the therapy room! Presented by: Jennifer Martinous, OTR/L and Francesca Facenda, MS, CCC-SLP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apps-for-educational-therapeutic-group-activities-tickets-26847134502
Participants will learn the basics of using the TouchChat app as an AAC device on iDevices. Topics will include an overview of features and how to edit buttons and page sets. Participants will also learn how to save and share page sets. Unique features of TouchChat HD-AAC, such as using gestures to navigate, will also be covered. If you are bringing an iDevice, please have the latest operating system and TouchChat HD-AAC update installed before attending. Presented by: Matthew Provost and Joanne Heffernan, M.S., CCC- https://www.eventbrite.com/e/touchchat-hd-aac-the-basics-tickets-26847204712
Many schools are now using Chromebooks in 1:1 initiatives. This presentation will explore the best apps and extensions to turn this “general” technology into “assistive” technology. Accessibility features will also be discussed. Presented by: Jennifer Martinous, OTR/L, ATP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chrome-as-at-tickets-26847280940
Participants will learn the basics of the highly customizable GoTalk Now AAC app. Some of the features that will be reviewed include designing pages and creating communication books. Other features that will be covered include linking songs from your music playlist, adding video clips, switch capability, and more! Backing up and sharing communication books via WiFi will also be demonstrated. If you are bringing an iPad, please have the latest operating system and install GoTalk NOW or the FREE version before attending. Presented by: Matthew Provost, MS, CCC-SPL and Francesca Facenda, MS, CCC-SPL https://www.eventbrite.com/e/gotalk-now-app-tickets-26847319054
Apple’s new iOS update promises many changes for our iDevices. Apple has proposed several new accessibility features. Join us to explore the new features of this iOS and identify creative strategies to support our users. Presented by: Matthew Provost, M.S., CCC-SLP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/whats-new-with-ios-10-tickets-26877038947
Are you an OT (or a teacher who thinks like an OT) looking for fun and effective apps to use in the therapy room and beyond? This workshop will explore apps that address handwriting, the writing process, organization, visual spatial awareness, sensory needs and accessories that maximize your use of the iPad! Presented by: Jennifer Martinous, OTR/L, ATP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/apps-for-ots-tickets-26877100130
This “make and take” workshop provides attendees with everything they need to create an adapted book and correlated extension activities using Mayer-Johnson (Boardmaker) picture symbols. This is ideal for teachers, therapists and parents who have students who benefit from the use of Mayer-Johnson symbols for language input and support. Book: Tracks in the Snow Presented by: Kelly Charlebois, ATP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adapted-books-low-tech-support-for-reading-and-communication-tickets-26878685873
One of the most common problems with providing AT services is the failure to plan for implementation. Effective implementation plans require all team members to understand their roles and have input in the process. This workshop will discuss steps and implementation strategies for effective AT plans. Presented by: Jennifer Martinous, OTR/L, ATP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/you-cant-have-success-if-you-dont-have-a-plan-tickets-26878859392
This training will provide participants with an introduction to Proloquo2Go 4. The following areas will be addressed:
Participants will learn about the latest and greatest visual scheduling apps available on the iPad and how to utilize them in the classroom and/or at home. Participants will also learn about apps that provide visual scene displays, which are interactive picture displays used to provide vocabulary context for users and communication partners. Presented by: Francesca Facenda, MS, CCC-SLP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/visual-scheduling-and-visual-scenes-on-the-ipad-tickets-26879003824
A fun and creative workshop designed to make practical AT tools for everyday use. Each participant will make an adapted stylus, slant board, simple switch and universal cuff to take with them and use with their students and adults. Presented by: Kelly Charlebois, ATP, Francesca Facenda, MS, CCC-SLP, Jennifer Martinous, OTR/L, ATP, Matthew Provost, M.S., CCC-SLP, Joanne Heffernan, M.S., CCC-SLP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/creating-practical-at-solutions-a-make-take-workshop-tickets-26879426087
This workshop will focus on the supports available for skills that are needed beyond the K-12 classroom, such as task analysis, organization, scheduling, social skills, time management, and behavioral supports. Ideas for job accommodations and integrating technology into the workplace and higher education will also be discussed. Presented by: Jennifer Martinous, OTR/L, ATP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/at-for-transition-tickets-26879641732
Executive functioning defines skills required for everyday life like working memory, flexibility, problem solving, time management and organization. For many of our students, executive functioning skills are often challenging. This workshop will explore a variety of low tech and high tech tools and resources to aid in such tasks as reading, writing, taking notes, time management and organization. Presented by: Jennifer Martinous, OTR/L, ATP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/using-at-to-support-executive-functioning-tickets-26881016845
Not every student can access AT devices independently and efficiently. This workshop will demonstrated alternate access solution including switches, eye gaze, touch screen, and mouse and keyboard alternatives. Presented by: Kelly Charlebois, ATP, Francesca Facenda, MS, CCC-SLP, Jennifer Martinous, OTR/L, ATP, Matthew Provost, M.S., CCC-SLP, Joanne Heffernan, M.S., CCC-SLP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/access-for-all-options-for-at-devices-tickets-26881201397
This “make and take” workshop provides attendees with everything they need to create an adapted book and correlated extension activities using Mayer-Johnson (Boardmaker) picture symbols. This is ideal for teachers, therapists and parents who have students who benefit from the use of Mayer-Johnson symbols for language input and support. Book: What Time is it Mr. Crocodile? Presented by: Kelly Charlebois, ATP https://www.eventbrite.com/e/adapted-books-low-tech-support-for-reading-and-communication-tickets-26881318748