AT Expo 2015 Session Schedule

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Expo 2015 Session Topics and Speakers

Session 1 - 9:30 to 10:30

Assistive Robotics and Assistive Technology for the Aging Population.
Current and future technology aids, such as robotics, home sensors and smart homes that help adults age-in-place successfully and maintain their independence. The importance of user-centered design - finding technology that is simple, user friends and useful. What makes technology user-friendly, how technology might be integrated into a home or healthcare setting. Future directions in this field. Demonstration of technology/robots. Focus is on older adults, but information will be useful to many ages.
Jenay Beer, USC

1, 2Functional Communication Strategies for Individuals with Significant Disabilities.
How an integrated service delivery model can help facilitate more effective use of augmentative communication systems in the natural environment. Examples of individuals using communication at a wide range of ability levels including no-, low- and high-tech approaches. Emphasis on making symbolic language and communication systems accessible to the person throughout the day in a variety of settings. How an interdisciplinary team is essential to support each person’s unique communication needs.
Carrie Cruce, Greenville County Schools

Can Your Website Get You In Trouble?
Legal basics of Web and IT Accessibility. What the laws say. Who’s responsible for what? What’s happening with federal laws? What are we doing in South Carolina and regionally, to help people comply with the laws?
CB Averitt, DeQue
Danny Bish, Clemson
Janet Jendron, SCATP
John Rempel, AccessGA
Robin Wheeler, SC Access to Justice

1Making Text Accessible for Individuals with Print Disabilities.
Various ways that text can be delivered to individuals with print disabilities, such as accessing digital text by converting text to MP3 files, computer accessibility options, text-to-speech, high contrast options, enlarged text and more. 
Val Gioia, All for Access
Mike Leonard, EMC
Carolyn Phillips, GA Tools for Life

Session 2 - 11:30 to 12:30

1Common Accessibility Barriers that Prevent “Visitability.”
“How to” session for ramps, bathrooms, narrow doorways and other minor construction solutions that improve the visitability of homes, offices, places of worship or faith based buildings, etc. for people with motor, hearing and vision loss.
Joe Anthony, SC Vocational Rehabilitation Department
Catherine Graham, SCATP
Ed Keelen, EnableTech

Roger Williams
, SC Department of Mental Health
Tuck Williams, Homeworks
Tim Kehoe, Kehoe Constructors

1, 2Aided Language Stimulation: What, Why, & How.
What aided language stimulation (ALgS) means, why it is so important, how to implement it. Participants will review some of the mistakes often made with beginner AAC users, as well as the research supporting the use of ALgS. Attendees will view and discuss patient videos demonstrating how to model and incorporate ALgS into speech-language therapy activities, with a focus on natural contexts and activities therapy versus concept drilling.
Jennifer Tate, MUSC

1Creating Accessible Online Learning.
The importance of designing courses with accessibility in mind, since educators may or may not know whether online students have disabilities. Accessibility needs of students with a variety of disabilities, including learning disabilities ADHD, traumatic brain injury or psychological disabilities. How all students benefit, including those with English as a second language. How course accessibility increases learning for all students and creates inclusion and equality. Techniques such as alternative text for graphics, properly labeled web links, captions, transcripts. Document accessibility including Word, spreadsheets, PowerPoints, and PDFs. Using speech-to-text and text-to-speech software to create lecture presentation.
Aisha Haynes, Clayton Copeland, USC

Ready to Launch.
Strategies and tools to help young adults move from high school to “real life” at work, in higher education, and in the community. How different programs use assistive technology to help young adults with various disabilities (including autism) live more independently. Programs such as The LIFE Program and Simply Home. Some solutions are also useful for adults of all ages.
Jonathan Cruce, SC Vocational Rehabiliation Department
Carolyn Phillips, GA Tools for Life
Jason Ray, Simply Home

Session 3 - 2:00 to 3:00

1It Takes a Village!
How can all of us better work together to improve equipment reuse activities in our state? How can we work together to address issues and challenges: transportation, storage, funding, equipment cleaning, repair, spare parts, finding volunteers? Come prepared for a great discussion, potential solutions, and new collaborations.
Peter Balsamo, Sertoma
Sam Creech, Walton Options
Catherine Graham, SCATP
Sandy Hanebrink, Touch the Future
Janet Jendron, SCATP

Julia Martinelli, AccessAbility
Alberto Nunez, FRIDLA
Carolyn Phillips, GA Tools for Life
James Stowell, American Hearing Loop
Kimberly Tissot, AbleSC

2Say What’s On Your Mind.
Different ways for adults to connect with their families, friends and community regardless of communication difficulties. The importance of taking into account the adult’s lifestyle, preferences, and tech savviness in device selection. What happens after the communication system is chosen? Discussion of these issues with an augmentative communication user.
Melanie Perkins, Palmetto Health

Creating Accessible Documents.
How making small changes make your digital information more accessible and usable by everyone. Best practices in accessible digital material design, examples of accessible and inaccessible documents. Demonstration of how assistive technology accesses documents, including the JAWS screen reader. Focus on most commonly used software programs (e.g., Microsoft Office programs, Adobe Acrobat & Adobe Reader, YouTube and other video providers). Learn how to step up with universal design and stay ahead.
Dow Hammond, USC

1Free Resources for Individuals with Learning Differences.
What different learning differences mean for individuals struggling to learn. Free resources for reading, math, writing, spelling, organization and other resources that address specific needs resulting from learning differences. Accessibility features built in to computers or tablets that might already be available at school, at home, or at work.
Madalina Tudora, SC Department of Education

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Continuing Education

1Continuing education credits have been approved by BabyNet.
2Continuing education credits have been approved by ASHA.

Continuing education credits have been aprroved by AHEC for the following disciplines: Nursing, Social Work, Physical Therapists, Occupational Therapists. Application has also been approved for Early Intervention credits.

NURSING: Mid-Carolina AHEC, Inc. 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. This nursing continuing education activity, approval #1212-031-PR-242, has been approved for 3.0 hours.

SOCIAL WORKERS: This program has been approved by the SC Board of Social Work Examiners for 2.0 clock hours of social work and 1.0 clock hours of non-social work continuing education.

PHYSICAL THERAPISTS: This program has been approved for **3.6 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)

OCCUPATIONAL THERAPISTS: This program has been approved for **3.6 contact hours of continuing education for Occupational Therapists. SC AHEC has presumptive approval as a provider of continuing education for Occupational Therapist by the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Board of Examiners for Occupational Therapy. (Based on a 50-minute hour)

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.

Continuing education credits have also been approved by ASHA.

For special accommodations, contact SCATP at, call 1-800-915-4522 or 803-935-5263 by March 15, 2015

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