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Finding and Funding Assistive Technology

Participants will learn how to find and fund needed assistive technology. From AT in the IEP to low interest loans there are a variety of resources and strategies to help.

How to Use Your Smartphone to Improve Learning, Work, and Life

Smartphones can be used for more than just games and texting. Learn how smartphones can be part of a larger strategy to increase independence, and improve organization and time management skills.

Accessible Reading for Babies and Tots

Development of reading skills begins even before your baby opens a book. Learn ways to modify books to increase child interest and ability to interact with a book. Digital book options that provide audio, animation, or switch access will also be demonstrated.

Enhancing Communication and Understanding When Working with Culturally and Linguistically Diverse Families in Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE)

This workshop, building on existing skills of ECSE staff and others, will create greater understanding, competence, and responsiveness between staff and the families of eligible young children from diverse cultures.


Becoming an Active Partner in Your Young Child’s IEP

This workshop for parents of children ages three to five will provide an overview of the early childhood special education process, including evaluation procedures, writing goals, family rights, and how to take an active lead in the IEP process.

Managing Time for Teens & Young adults

Timeliness, scheduling, and efficiency are important skills for high school, college and the work place. This workshop will explore tools and strategies to help teens and young adults juggle their responsibilities.

Succeeding on the job: Using technology to boost the skills employers want

A free workshop for youth, parents, and professionals. Once you have the job, it is important to be able to meet your employer’s expectations. Learn about technology to support work performance, such as being on time, communicating, and more.

Today’s top online Assistive Technology resources

Whether you learn best from social media, blogs, podcasts or videos, this presentation has some of the best resources for learning about assistive technology online!

Using the iPad to Enhance Summer Learning

Learn how to use apps to keep children and students engaged and learning this summer. Parents of students in grades 3 – 7 and professionals will learn strategies for using the iPad.

Tablet and Computer Accessibility

Tablets and computers have many accessibility settings built into their operating system. Learn how to make tablets, computers and smartphones more accessible, including screen magnification, screen reading and more.

Finding and Funding Assistive Technology for Young Children

Assistive technology (AT) can be a powerful tool for young children with disabilities. In this workshop, we will discuss a variety of ways to acquire, fund, and reuse AT.

Emerging Technologies

In this exciting presentation learn about the new and emerging technologies to help people with disabilities.

Smartphones and Smart Ideas: How to Use Your Smartphone to Boost Your Education, Career Readiness, and Daily Life

Smartphones can be used for more than just games and texting; they can also help organize one’s life, keep track of school work, and more. Workshop participants will learn how smartphones can be part of a larger strategy to increase independence, and improve organization and time management skills.

Improving Learning Outcomes for Your Child

This workshop will help families of young children ages birth to five learn about evidence-based practices and how they can be used to increase family engagement and improve learning outcomes for their children.

Getting and Keeping the First Job

Competitive employment is the cornerstone of a successful transition to adult living for youth with disabilities. This workshop will provide youth and parents with answers to important questions about preparing for and keeping a job such as: Building essential work skills, the employer’s viewpoint, employment supports such as Vocational Rehabilitation Services (VRS), new provisions in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. Co-presented by Barb Ziemke, co-director of PACER’s National Parent Center on Transition and Employment and Alyssa Klein, VRS transition specialist

Apps That Support Reading and Writing for Teens and Young Adults

Workshop participants will discover the most versatile and effective reading and writing apps for teens. Apps for both Apple and Android devices will be demonstrated, discussed, and compared to show the many ways mobile apps can support struggling readers and writers. This workshop is designed for students in middle school and up, their parents, and educators.

Apps for Pre-Academic Skills

Staff from the Simon Technology Center explore the latest apps that support the development of fine motor skills, literacy, math skills, and more for young children. Tell us about your favorite app at [email protected] and we’ll demonstrate it during the event.

Everything You Need to Learn Before Your Child Turns Three

This workshop helps families understand the transition process from Part C Early Intervention Services to Part B Preschool Services. Topics include transition requirements, Least Restrictive Environment (LRE), inclusion, and Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and objectives. Parents will also learn how to actively participate in the transition process.

Get a Seat at the Table: Learn How to Participate in the Decision-Making Process

A stakeholder is a person who has an interest in something, and is impacted by or cares about how it turns out. This workshop helps prepare parents of young children up to age five to participate on stakeholder groups in their school district, or at the county, regional or state level. Participants will learn about opportunities for involvement, discuss the types of data used to make decisions, and review the skills needed to participate.

Assistive Technology for STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) in Early Childhood

This workshop provides background information about STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) in early childhood settings, and information about how assistive technology can play a role in designing inclusive learning activities.

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