AT Expo 2010 Session Schedule (subject to change)

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South Carolina Assistive Technology Expo 2010

Thursday, March 18, 2010
9 am – 4 pm
Marriott Spartanburg at Renaissance Park
299 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC  29306
(864) 596-1211 or toll free 1-800-228-9250
Marriott Spartanburg Website

*When making reservations, be sure to get the special $70 Expo room rate.


Information about Continuing Education

Session 1: 9:30 – 10:30 AM

+*101 - Augmentative Communication Implementation.

Ways to begin and improve use of AAC systems. Discussion of various communication devices and how they can be used to maximize capabilities and promote functional communication. Lily Nalty, SLP, USC SOM

102 - Computer Access: Ramping Up.

Discussion and demonstrations of ways to access a computer for people with various disabilities.  We will discuss access for people with physical as well as cognitive disabilities, with some focus on people with brain injuries.  Written resources will be provided to participants.  People who know more than us are encouraged to attend! Jonathan Cruce, Rehab Engineer;  Lee-Ann Danko, OT, SCVR

+103 - Home Modification: Principles and Process.

Principles and Process. Basic home modification principles that include structural changes, as well as assistive technology changes and additions to make home living easier. Options and ideas related to a variety of disability needs will be covered, including both physical disabilities such as a mobility impairment and sensory disabilities such as deafness. Includes many "Real life examples." Catherine Leigh Graham, MEBME USC SOM; Roger Williams, SCDMH

+104 - Promoting Braille.

Overview of a grant entitled "The Possibilities Are Endless: Promoting braille throughout South Carolina." and the accessible web site that emphasizes the importance of braille literacy. Strategies for making web sites accessible. Exploring ways for infusing braille and access technology into everyday life. How building literacy skills and proficiency in braille and access technology leads to independence and competence in many facets of life for youth and adults with visual impairments, including employment, personal care and home management skills. Dr. Tina Herzberg and Cory Bohon, USC Upstate

105 - Interactive White Boards.

How special education teachers are using interactive whiteboards to support students with disabilities from low incidence to high incidence. Software and free resources that can be used in conjunction with any interactive white board. Software applications, alternative access methods such as switch accessibility. Resources and lesson plans provided. Mark Daniels, Val Gioia, SDE AT Regional Specialists

Session 2: 11:30 – 12:30

+*201 - Switch Access for AAC.

Switch Access for AAC. Meeting the challenge of finding a reliable direct access method for accessing augmentative and alternative communication (AAC) devices. How two-switch scanning, when combined with a good switch system, can provide an effective and efficient method for higher rates of speed and reduced frustration compared to single-switch scanning. Sharon Steed, SLP, AnMED Health; Stacy Springer, OTR/L, SCDE Regional AT Specialist

Session 202 was cancelled due to unforseen circumstances

203 - Senior Smart: Overview of the SeniorSMARTTM Center.

Implementing SmartHOME technologies. Examples of home technologies that are undergoing trials.  Linkages among SmartHOME, SmartWHEELS and SharpBRAIN. Promoting independence in transportation and mobility, as well as brain health and cognitive decline. Research that promotes aging in place through the use of technology and community-based services. Debra Krotish, SeniorSMART, Palmetto Health

204 - CSS Tips and Tricks for Designing Accessible Web sites.

Simple techniques for using Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) in web site design. Principles of liquid design and how CSS techniques save time, improving accessibility, navigation and consistency in web sites. A basic understanding of HTML and CSS is recommended for attendees of this session. Grace Strother, Web Designer

205 - Supports for Written Productivity .

Overview of many tools available to support and facilitate written productivity. Review of written productivity frameworks. Guidance for determining the best tools to support different needs.  Review of low-tech tools, such as pencil grips through high-tech supports for written productivity, such as word prediction software and speech recognition.  Val Gioia, Mark Daniels , SCDE AT Regional Specialists

Session 3: 2:00 – 3:00 PM

+*301 - Using AAC with Dual Language Learners.

Review of language development in dual language learners within a culturally sensitive framework. Discussion of the implications for dual language learners who use AAC. Resources such as speech-generating devices and symbol software that support dual language learners. Patty Quattlebaum, SLP, Developmental Pediatric Clinic, USC School of Medicine.

302 - On My Own.

Panel discussion by people able to move out of congregate living facilities into their own homes with the use of assistive technology.  Personal stories of how various types of assistive technology have enhanced quality of life and enabled independent living.  Resources available to assist people with disabilities who want to move out of group home settings. Meghan Trowbridge, LMSW; Doreen Chappel, Supported Community Living Initiative, Center for Disability Resources

303 - Assistive Technology for College Students.

Overview of AT Tools that can help facilitate academic skill development and enable students to fully access the educational program. Supports for students who struggle with print, including students with learning disabilities. Margaret Camp, USC Upstate; Sharon Bellwood, Greenville Technical College

304 - The Real World: Demonstrations of how assistive technology is used to access web pages.

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, Rehab Engineer, SCVR (Technical Support and Challenges)

+305 - AT Assessment: SETT Framework and WATI Guides.

Using a solid framework to meet the challenge of where to start, when there’s so much to consider. Focus will be on assessment in educational settings, but the framework and resources provided can be applied for any assistive technology assessment. Mark Daniels, Val Gioia , Stacy Springer, OTR/L, SCDE Regional AT Specialists


15 continuing education sessions (one hour each) will be offered at various times throughout the day (5 concurrent sessions at 3 different times).  Participants may attend up to 3 sessions, and thus, receive up to 3 hours of continuing education.  Continuing education credit will be offered for social workers, counselors, physical therapists, occupational therapists and speech therapists. 

ASHA Sessions Brochure:

A brochure summing up what sessions are being offered for ASHA credits is available for download. You can get the ASHA brochure in Word or get the ASHA brochure in PDF.

*Speech Language Pathologists:

ASHA continuing education application has been made for these sessions.


These sessions have been approved for BabyNet Part C Credential Credits.

Social Workers:

Each one hour session has been approved by the South Carolina Board of Social Work Examiners for 1 clock hour of continuing education.


Each one hour session has been approved for 1 hour of continuing education by SRHS Department of Education under its accreditation by the state of South Carolina Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors, Marital and Family Therapists, and Psychoeducational Specialists. 

Physical Therapists and Physical Therapists Assistants:

.1 CEU (contact hour) of continuing education has been applied for through the SC Physical Therapy Association for each one hour session.

Occupational Therapists and Occupational Therapy Assistants:

1 hour of continuing education has been applied for though the South Carolina Occupational Therapy Association  for each one hour session. 


A certificate of attendance of 1 hour for each session will be awarded to all others. 

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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, the SC Assistive Technology Advisory Committee, Division of State Information Technology (DSIT), SC Budget and Control Board, Spartanburg Regional Healthcare System, Department of Education, the Charles Lea Center, and Spartanburg Community College