AT Expo 2011 Session Schedule and Continuing Education Information

AT Expo 2011 - Changing Lives

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South Carolina Assistive Technology Expo 2011

Tuesday, March 15, 2011
9 am – 4 pm
Columbia Conference Center
169 Laurelhurst Avenue
Columbia, SC 29210
(803) 772-9811


Please see the note below about pre-approved credits and other continuing education options.

Session 1: 9:30 – 10:30 AM

101(1) - Staying Connected: AAC for Adults

Components of effective evaluation and treatment for adults needing augcom or adaptive equipment. Importance of communication about stages of progression in diseases such as ALS. Benefits of early introduction to AT and hands-on trials to facilitate communication, computer access, telephone access and other environmental controls. Types of AT and practical application. Amy Wright, SLP, Carolinas Medical Center, Charlotte, NC

102(2) - Assistive Technology in the IEP

Where and how to appropriately document AT in the IEP. Review of resources available to collect data and implement AT that can serve as a roadmap for supporting team and student success. Discussion of examples and common situations. Stacy Springer, OTR/L, Mark Daniels, SCDE AT Specialists

103 - Tools for Web Site Accessibility and Usability

Free online tools for evaluating web site accessibility and usability. Wendy Mullin, USC, Grace Strother, Web Tester, Will McCain, Janet Jendron, SCATP

104(5) - The Evolving World of Digital Audio Books and Players

Update on new digital book players and refinements to existing players that benefit readers of all ages. Sources and resources. Marty McKenzie, Clay Jeffcoat, SCSDB

105(35) - Perspectives on Home Modifications

Practical/economical considerations in reducing barriers related to vision, hearing and mobility challenges. Resources, real life experiences. Todd Batt, Rehab Engineer, SCVRD, Wesley Farnum, Building Contractor, Roger Williams, SCDMH, Jed Elmaleh, PT. Facilitator: Catherine Graham, Rehab Engineer, USC SOM

Session 2: 11:30 – 12:30

201(15) - Apps: A New Era for AAC

Overview of new communication apps developed for the iPod and iPad. Determining appropriate apps for each AAC user. Advantages/disadvantages of using this type of communication system. Patricia Quattlebaum, SLP, SCATP

202 - Literacy and Study Supports

Overview of various free aids that can facilitate learning in any classroom. How many students with and without disabilities can benefit by incorporating these study aids into the daily curriculum. Text-to-speech, speech recognition, colored overlay and concept mapping software. Val Gioia, Mark Daniels, SCDE AT Specialists

203 - The Real World of Accessibility

Demonstrations of how assistive technology is used to access web pages. Common barriers experienced by users. Janet Jendron, SCATP. Grace Strother (ZoomText), Clay Jeffcoat(JAWS), and Drew Bates

204(3) - Vehicle Modifications and Adapted Driving

Overview of resources available to people who need adapted driving instruction, support and resources. Considerations, options and resources available to those who need modified vehicles. Tom Jackman, Rehab Engineer, SCVRD, Leslie Shipp, SCVRD, Jed Elmaleh, PT

205 - Brain Injury and Assistive Technology

Latest technology that can help people with brain injury and memory challenges, such as GPS systems, cell phones, and iPads. How everyday technology can be used to help with daily life. Perspective and experiences from a consumer who uses a variety of these options. Janet Spires, RN, SCVR, Kelly Schoen

Session 3: 2:00 – 3:00 PM

301(15) - Communicate Anytime, Anywhere

Creating a communication system that promotes communication throughout the day across environments. A closer look at vocabulary selection, active participation, and facilitation of functional communication experiences. Basic information for beginners or those who need a refresher course on implementation of AAC systems. Carol Page, SLP, SCATP, Kristi Hartwell, MSW, Supported Community Living Initiative, CDR, Merry Johnson

302(2) - Apps Galore! Educational Applications for the iPad/iTouch/iPhone

Features and options of iPads and iTouches (many free or low-cost) that are universally designed to meet the needs of many students.  Integrated accessibility options and a wide range of education applications, for students with disabilities and those needing additional support to be successful in the classroom or in other environments. Stacy Springer, OTR/L, Val Gioia, SCDE AT Specialists

303(5) - Creating Accessible PDF and Word Documents

Overview of basic principles involved in creating Word documents that are more accessible to people using AT (e.g., screen readers and screen enlargers). Principles of creating and evaluating PDF documents for accessibility and the relationship between the two formats. Steve Cook, David Bundy, AT Specialists, SCCB, Will McCain, SCATP

304(5) - Assistive Technology Reutilization in South Carolina

Overview of programs and resources to find and share used equipment at reduced prices or even free of charge. Online programs, equipment centers, agency collaboration and future growth of these initiatives. Catherine Graham, Rehab Engineer, USC SOM, Janet Jendron, SCATP, Kimberly Tissot, DAC

305(45) - Finding Your Way Through the AT Maze

Where do you start if you know you might need assistive technology? Overview of South Carolina's online resources for AT evaluation, funding, acquisition, application and support. Resources from SC Access and the new Aging and Disability Resource Centers. Denise Rivers, LMSW, Lt. Governor's Office on Aging


(1)Speech Pathologists: Continuing education application for .1 ASHA CEU has been approved for these sessions. This program has also been pre-approved for ++3.0 hours of continuing education for Speech Pathologists by the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Board of Speech Pathologists and Audiologists.

(2)Occupational Therapists: This program has been pre-approved for ++2.4 contact hours of continuing education for Occupational Therapists.  SC AHEC has presumptive approval as a provider of continuing education for Occupational Therapists by the SC Board of Examiners for Occupational Therapy. (Based on a 50-minute hour)

(3)Physical Therapists: This program has been pre-approved for ++2.4 contact hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Board of Examiners for Physical Therapy. (Based on a 50-minute hour)

(4)Social Workers: This program has been approved by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners for ++2.0 clock hours of social work continuing education and 1.0 clock hours of non social work continuing education

(5)SC Part C Credential:  Sessions marked with a + (i.e., ones we have highlighted on the attached flyer) have been approved for the SC Part C Credential. BabyNet personnel may earn up to 2 hours credit from the specified sessions.

Nursing: This nursing continuing education activity has been approved for ++3.0 hours.  Mid-Carolina AHEC is an approved provider of continuing nursing education by The South Carolina Nurses Association, an accredited approver by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission of Accreditation.

Counselors and Therapists: This program has been approved for ++3.0 hours of continuing education by SC AHEC under its accreditation by the SC Board of Examiners for Licensed Professional Counselors, Marital and Family Therapists and Psycho-Educational Specialists.

Mid-Carolina AHEC, Inc. This program is approved for ++0.3 CEU’s (++3.0 clock hours) of continuing education by Mid-Carolina AHEC and meets the SC AHEC Best Practices Standards. Participants must attend 90% of the program in order to receive a certificate or attendance. No partial credit will be given.

++ In order to receive the designated credit hours, you must attend the appropriate concurrent sessions for that discipline. Certificates will be distributed at the end of the day. To receive a certificate an evaluation form must be turned in to the moderator/facilitator.

Note: As noted above, specific sessions are pre-approved for OT, PT and SLP, and Social Work credits, but other sessions may be submitted to individual discipline licensure boards (e.g., South Carolina Board of Occupational Therapy, South Carolina Board of Physical Therapy) to apply for credits, after attendance at the Expo.

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Sponsored by South Carolina Assistive Technology Program, USC School of Medicine Center for Disability Resources, SC Assistive Technology Advisory Committee (Division of State Information Technology), SC Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, Disability Action Center, SC Association for Educational Technology, and Mid-Carolina Area Health Education Consortium