SC AT Expo 2006

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South Carolina Assistive Technology Expo 2006
Thursday, March 30, 2006
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Columbia, South Carolina

FREE AND OPEN TO THE PUBLIC

Registration 9:00 am - Exhibits open 9:00 am
Continuing education credits for OT, PT, SLP, EI, and Social Work have been approved. Note: Speakers, times and sessions subject to change.

Session 1 - 9:30 -10:30 am

  • Assistive Technology (AT) and Grant Writing. “Pieces and parts” of a generic grant proposal to fund AT. Review of public and private funding sources. Participants will be able to purchase Dr. Bone’s new book on grant writing for special needs. Dr. Linda Karges-Bone, Charleston Southern University
  • Manual Wheelchair Adaptations for Optimum Activity. Considerations for manual wheelchair ergonomics for optimum mobility by active students and adults with various physical disabilities. Demonstration of how to adjust and adapt manual wheelchairs to minimize stresses and strains on the body while performing daily functional and recreational activities. Jill Monger, MUSC
  • Straight Talk about Succeeding with AT. A non-verbal young adult’s review of his experience in acquiring, accessing, funding and using AT including aids for daily living, mobility equipment, computer access technology and AAC. How AT was used for education, independent living, transition into the workforce, and establishing a web-based entrepreneurial business. Presentation will include the use of an AAC system and eye-gaze technology. Kirk Garrett, Jr. and Sharon Steed.
  • Using Digital Media with People Who Have Print Disabilities. Sorting through information about new digital players. Resources and techniques for converting printed documents to digital media. How technology is moving from cassette tapes to digital media. Ways to integrate technology into work, daily life and the classroom to facilitate literacy skills and general education. Marty McKenzie and Clay Jeffcoat, SCSDB and David Bundy, SCCB

Session 2 - 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

  • Non-Traditional AT Funding. Panel presentation about alternative sources of AT funding including the SC Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program, SC Assistive Technology Financial Loan Program, SC Independent Living Centers, community organizations and disability organizations. Moderated by Sharon Steed.
  • Powered Mobility and Its Interface with Environmental Control, Augmentative Communication and Computers. How powered wheelchairs interface with AAC and Environmental Controls through indirect selection, scanning, and mouse emulation. Jill Monger, MUSC and Jeff Brown, ATS, CRTS
  • Motoring Through Preschool. Overview of the “Play and Learn” motor skills group program by AbleNet being used with preschool aged children with disabilities in Lexington School District One. “Play and Learn” offers gross motor, fine motor, sensory, and communication experiences, peer-to-peer interaction and cooperation, and adapted, alternate activities including AAC. Randi Cogswell and Will Harmon, Lexington One Schools
  • AT in Standardized Testing. How various AT access programs can be used in standardized testing (including PACT) for special ed students. How school district technology personnel can be part of the team. Recording standardized test scores for special education students with respect to IEP modifications and using this data to help students achieve basic curriculum standards. Darlene Higginbotham, Cherokee Schools and Mary Jo Schneider, Florence Three Schools

Session 3 - 2:00 - 3:00 pm

  • Basic Primer for AT Funding. Representatives from primary funding streams will present information and answer questions about funding policies and processes. Includes information about SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department, SC Commission for the Blind, SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Medicare, Medicaid, and school districts. Moderated by Sheila Arnold, SCVRD
  • Using Literacy Software in the Classroom. Demonstration of literacy support software products, some available for free. A product comparison worksheet will be provided. For parents and professionals who work with students in regular education, students with learning disabilities and students with autism. Carol O’Day, SCATP
  • AT and Supported Housing Options. Resources and programs for students and adults with developmental disabilities transitioning to supported or independent living, including individuals with cognitive, language, hearing, physical and other disabilities. Methods of evaluation for AT as a means of providing these individuals freedom to plan for real life, authority over financial resources, support for building a life in the community and responsibility for giving back to the community. Meghan Trowbridge, USC CDR Community Development Project
  • AT for Computer Access. Presentation and demonstration of low and high-tech computer access methods and devices for use by people with all types of physical disabilities. Accessibility Options built into the Windows™ operating system. Jonathan Cruce, SCVRD

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Sponsored by the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program, South Carolina Association for Blind Athletes, Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, USC Center for Disability Resources, and South Carolina Department of Education.