Assistive Technology Expo 2009 Session Schedule

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South Carolina Assistive Technology Expo 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
Columbia Metropolitan Convention Center
Columbia, South Carolina


Session 1 – 9:30 – 10:30 am

101 - The Real World

Demonstrations of how assistive technology is used to access web pages, and common barriers experienced by users. Facilitated by Janet Jendron: Demonstrations by Clay Jeffcoat (JAWS), Sam Creech (Headmouse and Augmentative Communication), Grace Strother (ZoomText). Jonathan Cruce, SCVR (Technical Support and Challenges).

102 - E-books!

Free e-book resources. Using them to help build language and literacy skills. How text can be speech-enabled and accessed online, downloaded or used with readily available text readers. Bookshare, Microsoft Reader, University of Virginia ebooks, Browser Books and CAST UDL Book Builder. Mary Jo Schneider, Stacy Springer, Susan Maloney, AT Specialists, SC Department of Education. THIS SESSION IS OFFERED FOR .1 ASHA CEU.

103 - Assistive Technology, Supported Living and Employment

Focus on individuals over age 18 with Brain Injury, Spinal Cord Injury, Intellectual Disabilities, and Autism. Meghan Trowbridge, Susan Davis, Kristi Hartwell, Supported Community Living Initiative, USC Ctr. for Disability Resources.

104 - Workplace Strategies and Solutions for People with Learning Disabilities

AT strategies and solutions that have worked to promote success in the workplace. Overview of word prediction, screen reading, speech input, handheld technologies, GPS solutions, ergonomics and customized employment approaches. Carolyn Phillips and Liz Persaud, Georgia Tools for Life. Session Room: Richland B

105 - Recycling and Reutilization in SC

Overview of SC opportunities for pickup, delivery, and online services to get and provide used assistive technology. Overview of the STAR Network services, Portlight Strategies Services, and the online SC AT Exchange, Paul Timmons (Portlight Strategies, Inc.), Tiffany Johnston (Walton Options, STAR), Catherine Graham (SC AT Exchange).

Session 2 – 11:30 – 12:30 am

201 - Ideas to Layout

Beginning web layout using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS). Basic ideas, practices, tools and resources for designing a tableless web site using CSS. How CSS affects a site's accessibility and usability. CB Averitt, Florence-Darlington Technical College.

202 - Cortical Visual Impairment

A look at what it is, who has it, and what we can do about it. Designing treatment strategies, selecting materials, and engineering therapy activities to support individuals with CVI. Sharon Steed, AnMED Health. THIS SESSION IS OFFERED FOR .1 ASHA CEU.

203 - Assistive Technology and Employment Options

How AT helps people who are returning to or continuing employment. Wheelchair accessibility and workplace modifications. SCVR's Telework Program. Barbara Jolly, Tom Jackman, SC Vocational Rehabilitation.

204 - Assistive Technology for Computer Access

Overview and demonstration of high and low tech methods and technology used for computer access by persons with physical disabilities. Carolyn Phillips and Liz Persaud, Georgia Tools for Life.

205 - AT Consideration for Students in K-12 School Systems

Comparison of consideration vs. assessment. Five-step process on thoughtful consideration of whether or not students with disabilities require AT. Ways for the IEP team to accomplish this at every meeting. Sue Maloney, Stacy Springer, Mark Daniels, AT Specialists, SC Department of Education.

Session 3 – 2:00 – 3:00 pm

301 - Basics of Web Accessibility and Usability

What makes web pages inaccessible to people who use assistive technology due to disabilities or age-related limitations? Tools for designing accessible and usable web sites. Wendy Mullin, USC, Cheryl Kirkpatrick, Midlands Technical College.

302 - Augmentative and Alternative Communication Devices and Strategies for Adults with Communication Problems

Issues and communication problems unique to the adult population. Low tech strategies and multimodal communication systems. Carol Page, SCATP. THIS SESSION IS OFFERED FOR .1 ASHA CEU.

303 - Post Secondary Education and AT

New L.I.F.E. programs at USC, Clemson, and Coastal Carolina University and the impact of assistive technology as it relates to the students success. Meghan Trowbridge, Supported Community Living Initiative, USC Center for Disability Resources, Emma Savage-Davis and Gayle Disney, Coastal Carolina University.

304 - AT Solutions for People with Degenerative Neurological Disorders (DND)

Basics of the process for people with permanent stable and permanent degenerative DND (e.g., Huntington's Disease, Muscular Dystrophy, ALS, Multiple Sclerosis, Spinal Cord Injuries, Traumatic Brain Injury, Cerebral Palsy, Parkinson's, Alzheimer's, AIDS, stroke). AT Solutions, the HEAT Model, and team approaches. Resources and Funding. Carolyn Phillips and Liz Persaud, Georgia Tools for Life.

305 - Low-Tech Seating and Positioning Solutions for Real-Life Situations

Seating needs of children including those with autism, attention deficit disorder, cerebral palsy, spina bifida, and Down Syndrome. Interactive problem solving for seating challenges. Review of a wide variety of low tech seating systems. Kathy Ganley, Abundant Life Physical Therapy.

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Sponsored by the South Carolina Assistive Technology Program at the USC School of Medicine Center for Disability Resources, the SC Department of Education, the SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, the SC Association for Educational Technology, Mid-Carolina AHEC, Inc., and the SC Assistive Technology Advisory Committee, Division of State Information Technology (DSIT), SC Budget and Control Board.