Below you can find assistive technology training opportunities and events.

Upcoming Events

PACER Center Webinar: Back to School Stress Tools and Apps to Minimize School Stressors

Date: October 13, 2022
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School is back in session and students can experience increased stressors related to school. In this workshop, learn about tools and apps that can help your child decrease school days stressors and distractions. This workshop will cover apps and tools appropriate for elementary to high school aged students.

APTAT Webinar Series: SafeinHome Remote Supports – Safely Encouraging Learning and Independence

Date: October 18, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM - 12:45 PM
Location: Zoom

APTAT Assistive Technology Training Series
Training Duration: 45 minutes

Do you want to help someone:
+Increase independence through the use of assistive technology and remote support.
+Reduce the need for in-person care.
+Improve quality of life.

Join our webinar as we discuss with SafeinHome how remote supports are changing the way people think of care for the disabled communities and some of the many success stories they’ve had so far. Learn about their customizable service plans which help to increase independence through the implementation of technology and remote support.

Learn more at: https://www.safeinhome.com/#gra

Melissa Mastin Walters, Account Executive with SafeInHome

As a bonus, learn about how the APTAT short term loan program can help you trial the efficacy of assistive technology for independence through our brand new lending library.

Comprehensive Automotive Mobility Solutions

Date: November 4, 2022
All-day event
Location: Birmingham, Al

Course Description:
This introductory level continuing education course contains a range of topics pertaining to personal automotive mobility solutions. It will assist the allied health care practitioner in understanding and advocating for individuals seeking automotive vehicle modification solutions, while also teaching practitioners about the unique process involved in evaluating, selecting and purchasing appropriate automotive options.

JAN Webinar: Providing Reasonable Accommodations to Veterans with Disabilities

Date: November 10, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Webcast
Accommodations

Join us for a timely and informative training about veterans with cognitive and mental health impairments and common accommodations that may be needed for success at work. Consultants James Potts and Melanie Whetzel will talk through real-life accommodation situations and solutions. As always, there will be plenty of time for questions.

Past Events

PACER Webinar: Smart Devices for Smart Schedules

Date: September 28, 2022
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Smart devices are only as smart as the strategies and schedules being used. The schedule planning process, executive function skills, strategies and smart device features can all work together synergistically to develop skill proficiency and support neurodiverse learners in managing their schedule and tasks. Learn about a framework for the schedule management process including saving information, creating a plan, remembering, and doing the plan. Strategies to support executive function skills utilized in the schedule management process will be addressed for skills such as planning, memory, time management, task initiation, sustained effort, and attention/focus. Tips and tricks for using smart devices will be presented as they apply within the framework. Smart devices include mobile phones, tablets, smart speakers and displays, smartwatches, and mobile apps.

Information and Communication Technology Accessibility

Date: September 20, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

APTAT Assistive Technology Training Series
Training Duration: 1 hour

This session will serve as an overview of accessibility considerations as it relates to Information and Communication Technology and will encompass procedures, laws, best practices, and resources related to accessibility.

Objective:
1. Participants will be able to identify types of ICT and will learn of concerns and solutions as it relates to accessibility.
2. Participants will receive and review resources for 508 standards and WCAG 2.0 standards of universal accessibility.
3. Participants will gain an understanding of laws governing accessibility and ICT access.
4. Participants will view the process of remediation and best practices for conforming to accessibility standards.

Presenter:
Jason Martin, M.A. Ed. CTVI, CATIS
Assistive Technology Specialist/Trainer
Center of Assistive Technology Training (CATT)

JAN Webinar: Accommodation Solutions for Sleep Disorders

Date: September 8, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Webcast
Accommodations | Chronic Illness

Join JAN Cognitive/Neurological Team experts Melanie Whetzel and Alexis Popa for an informative and interactive session on sleep disorders. Employees and employers alike contact JAN for assistance combating sleep disorders – whether the issue is too much sleep and the inability to wake-up, falling asleep uncontrollably, sleeping on the job, or the total lack of sleep that compounds cognitive difficulties. This session is designed with specific JAN examples that will prompt thinking and help generate attendee questions.

AVAIL: Build Confidence, Independence, and Skills

Date: August 31, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom
Accommodations | Assistive Technology | Cognitive and Learning

Learn how AVAIL by CentralReach is helping to empower individuals with disabilities by providing a comprehensive prompting and modeling tool that can be used to promote skill building and independence at home, school, or work. Through an online management system support staff can build modules with text, audio, pictures, or video to assist the user through tasks. The user can access the modules through a simple interface on their own device at their own pace. Just step back and watch their confidence grow!

JAN Webinar: AT Update 2022

Date: August 11, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Webcast
Assistive Technology

Are you wondering about what’s new in the world of assistive technology (AT)? Are you curious about equipment and technology-related accommodation trends? Do you simply have a love of gadgets? Attend this training for an introduction to new and improved products and a discussion of how to apply them as workplace accommodations. JAN Consultants will discuss new accommodation approaches to a variety of accommodation challenges.

Controlling Your World with Control Bionics

Date: July 27, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom

APTAT Assistive Technology Training Series
Training Duration: 1 hour

An expanded training including an overview of using the Control Bionics device for communication as well as an environmental control unit.

Access Ingenuity: VoiceOver External Keyboard Basics with iPhone & iPad

Date: July 13, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom
Assistive Technology | Vision

Previously, we introduced VoiceOver gestures while working with an iPhone or iPad. While that option is always available, did you know there is a more efficient method of using an external keyboard to navigate, edit, and type large amounts of information if you already know how to work with a QWERTY keyboard? Join Rachel Reeves, Marisa Church, and Zhi Huang from Access Ingenuity to explore VoiceOver keyboard basics to increase your efficiency while using VoiceOver with your iPhone and iPad.

Learning Outcomes

  • External keyboard considerations, including USB and Bluetooth.
  • How to connect a USB keyboard or pair a Bluetooth keyboard.
  • Basic keyboard commands and how to perform them most efficiently.
  • Turning on and off Quick Nav and editing basics.

Assistive Technology for Low Vision

Date: July 12, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom

Join the MI Assistive Technology Program as we highlight the many AT devices in our inventory for Low Vision

AT & Mental Health: Bridging the Gap

Date: June 29, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom

APTAT Assistive Technology Training Series
Training Duration: 1 hour

Didn’t think you could use assistive technology to help manage your mental health? Or maybe you just aren’t aware of the resources that are available. Either way, that all changes now! Join us for an informational session on how the use of AT can play a major role in your mental health care!

Learning objective: To understand the impact and benefit of assistive technology for mental health care and identify devices and tools that are available.

Presented by:
Cassie Shropshire, ADRS Business Relations Consultant and Licensed Professional Counselor
Daniel Green, ADRS Rehabilitation Engineer
Tabitha Spivey, ADRS Assistive Technology Specialist

PACER Webinar: Succeed at Work: Tools to Support Executive Function

Date: May 4, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

To succeed at a job, one must master some basic skills – being on time, following directions, maintaining focus, and completing tasks. These skills fall in a category called executive function and lay the foundation for being a reliable and productive employee. In this workshop for youth and adults we will explore technology to support executive function at work. Topics will include managing time, staying organized, completing tasks, and maintaining focus. Information presented will be helpful for those new to the workplace, individuals with ADHD (Attention-Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder) or ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorder), as well as those with other executive function challenges. Join us for demonstrations of devices and mobile apps to include timers, task managers, wearables, and other tools that support productivity at work.

APTAT Training: VoiceITT

Date: May 3, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom
Speech and Communication

Learn more about how the Voiceitt app can help those with speech difficulties to be understood.

LVI Webinar: MagniLink PRO: Built for the Professional Who Needs to View Larger Items

Date: April 26, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom
Assistive Technology | Vision

You will learn:

  • To describe one difference between the MagniLink PRO and the MagniLink S, describe one difference between the PRO and the Zip, and describe how the differences make the PRO a unique professional solution.
  • To describe how the MagniLink PRO camera differs from the MagniLink S camera.
  • To list specific tasks that are performed more effectively using the MagniLink PRO.

Ablenet Webinar: Reverse the Curse

Date: April 21, 2022
Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location: Zoom
Speech and Communication

Device Abandonment & Prompt-Dependency in AAC

JAN Webinar: Accommodation Solutions for Gastrointestinal Disorders

Date: April 14, 2022
Time: 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Location: Webcast
Accommodations | Chronic Illness

Join JAN’s Motor Team consultants Matthew McCord and Julie Davis in exploring workplace accommodations to assist your employees with gastrointestinal (GI) disorders. We will explore accommodations that are commonly beneficial for individuals with a variety of limitations that can arise from GI disorders. From ways to increasing access to a restroom, strategies for managing workplace stress, considerations for ensuring supervisors treat these needs with dignity, and more.

APTAT Training: Orcam

Date: April 13, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom
Assistive Technology | Vision

The team at OrCam will present on both assistive technology devices that offer increased daily activities for people with low vision or who are blind. Orcam is a revolutionary, easy to use, hands-free wearable assistive technology which converts visual information into audio in real time.

Find out more about Orcam: www.orcam.com or Media Articles about OrCam

SETC Webinar: AT Devices and Apps to Help with Anxiety

Date: March 30, 2022
Time: 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Location: Zoom
Assistive Technology | Cognitive and Learning | Education AT

Anxiety can affect a student’s ability to focus and participate in the classroom. This session will showcase assistive technology tools and resources that can help students manage anxiety, reduce stress and improve focus.

Pacer Center Webinar: Help Organize Me! Part 2/3-Remembering the Schedule

Date: March 29, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Zoom
Assistive Technology | Cognitive and Learning

Part two of this three-part series on executive functions for schedules will provide strategies and tools for remembering a schedule, calendar, task list, and managing time. Tools presented will range in compatibility with platforms such as iPad, Android, Chrome and web-based. Tools and strategies will be appropriate for middle school age through adult, users who are able to understand and use written language and use tools with moderate to advanced complexity.

SETC Webinar: Getting Started with AAC

Date: March 29, 2022
Time: 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Location: Zoom
Assistive Technology | Speech and Communication

If Augmentative Alternative Communication (AAC) is new to you and you’re wondering where to start, this is it! Whether you’re a teacher, SLP, parent, etc. we invite you to join us in an overview of high tech and low tech AAC systems, learn basic implementation strategies, and explore possible goals and next steps to support students with complex communication needs.

APTAT Quick Training: Glean Audio Notetaking

Date: March 29, 2022
Time: 10:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Location: Zoom
Education AT

An introduction for students to learn about using Glean in the classroom.

LVI Webinar: Productivity Tools: Using Windows Effectively in a Chromebook Environment

Date: March 22, 2022
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Location: Zoom
Assistive Technology | Vision

Webinar that will make you a more effective user.

You will learn:

  • To summarize what an all-in-one unit is and why it is so effective for productivity.
  • To discuss how a Windows based device can integrate into a Chromebook environment.
  • To appraise which type of device is the best fit for an end-user with low vision.