Closing the Gap Pre-Conference & Regular Sessions, Join Us! 10/17-10/21/16 Plan your Fall PD! MN

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Join the consultants from AT for Education at the annual Closing the Gap Assistive Technology Conference! We will be presenting several Pre-Conference and regular sessions throughout the week! At Closing the Gap you will learn from leaders in the AT industry, AT experts and practitioners, educators, family members and others! The Exhibit Hall is a great place to check out innovative and latest technologies hands-on!

Search the pre-conference and regular sessions for Diana Petschauer, Stacy Driscoll & Kelsey Hall from AT for ED, as well as our other AT colleagues and consultants who will be co-presenting with us, including Luis Perez and Mark Coppin! Read the descriptions and information about each interactive and engaging session, and register to attend today and build your toolbox of technologies to support your learners!

** Pre-Conference Session: Personalizing Learning for All with Emerging Technologies  10/17/16

Regular Sessions:

The technologies, tools and instructional methods discussed in these sessions provide access and engagement for ALL learners. We encourage regular educators, special educators, related therapists and others who work with diverse learners to join us for these interactive and informative workshops! We are excited to share with all of you and are enthusiastic about facilitating our workshops as a model of UDL practice, so as to engage you and accommodate your learning preferences as a group!

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CAST UDL Symposium, August Professional Development! Join us at our sessions!

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UDL on all devices and platforms

Join us at CAST’s second annual UDL Symposium. Together we’ll explore the latest research and UDL strategies for motivating and engaging learners. The Symposium brings together curriculum designers, technology leaders, researchers, educators, administrators and advocacy groups. Presenters include experts in UDL practice, research, instructional design, and learning analytics. Attendees will be active participants, constructing and sharing strategies and experiences.

Join us at Our sessions:

Across the Curriculum, Engaging and Including Diverse Learners on All Devices, UDL:

Free & Low Cost AT Options for providing AEM (Accessible Educational Materials):

Check out the phenomenal sessions by other experts as well and register today!

Symposium Location

Harvard Law School Campus, Cambridge, Massachusetts


August 8-10, 2016


Day 1: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
Day 2: 8:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m., with a reception from 3:30 – 5:oo p.m.
Day 3: 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


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ARATA AT Conference, Queensland Australia, Hope to see you there! 7/27-7/29/16

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all technology devices 4Looking forward to presenting and attending in Australia in July! Hope to see you at the ARATA AT Conference! Our sessions include iOS & Google Chrome, Apps/ extensions and Assistive Technologies for students in education (elementary, middle, high and university). UDL & Personalized education, access for students with learning disabilities, Dyslexia, Physical Disabilities, blind or low vision, executive function and others! Access across the curriculum on all devices!


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On Going AT workshops, conferences, webinars!

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See our upcoming workshops, training’s and webinars below and see examples of professional development services available nationally & internationally: Connect with us on twitter and facebook for the latest AT news and blogs! @ATforEducation Facebook: Contact us today to schedule your professional development

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Supporting Students with Dyslexia: Standards, Accommodations, Technology & Strategies! FREE webinar!

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See Hear DoJoin us! Research-based intervention, assistive technologies, goals and accommodations, and how CCSS and ESSA support these interventions for students with Dyslexia!
Dyslexia is the most common type of specific learning disability affecting 10-15% of the total population; In the US, approximately 1 in 5 students are coded with specific learning disability (SLD), many whom experience challenges in the area(s) of comprehension, oral expression, written expression, and/or basic reading skills (NCES, 2015). With so many individuals experiencing dyslexia, it is critical that educators & service providers acknowledge Dyslexia and provide research-based interventions to support students in accessing the curriculum. View the Video description, more info and
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Summer Reading & Literacy Support for Dyslexia& Learning Disabilities, Scheduling Fall Openings Also!

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Looking for Summer Reading & Literacy Support for your Student or Child? Support toBridges to Learning continue Orton-Gillingham Programs and other supportive literacy programs such as Wilson or Spire? Kelsey Hall, one of AT for Ed’s AAC/AT Specialists, provides language and literacy services to students K-12.  In addition to being an ASHA certified speech-language pathologist (SLP) and DOE certified teacher of the deaf (TOD), she is a certified Level I Orton-Gillingham instructor (per training via the Children’s Dyslexia Centers).  Kelsey provides multi-sensory reading remediation for individuals who experience dyslexia and/or specific learning disabilities in reading, writing, and oral expression (such as Wilson, SPIRE, Lindamood-Bell Phoneme Sequencing Program, Visualizing and Verbalizing, Framing Your Thoughts).  Summer and fall 2016 slots are currently available!  Please contact Kelsey Hall at or 603-970-1363 to obtain more information!” In person and online/ Remote training and meeting available!

AT and AAC Summer Camps and Professional Development Workshops!

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Examples of AT and Ed Tech such as iPads, Chromebooks, AAC, smart phones, tablets.

The professionals at ATforED have scheduled many upcoming AT and AAC summer camps and summer professional development workshops! Contact us today to schedule a training workshop or AT summer camp for staff or students at your location! We also provide customized webinars and online training. Examples can be read on our workshops and PD training page. Watch for upcoming announcements of webinars and workshops! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn!

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AT and Accommodations in Post-Secondary Education, Supporting Successful Transition!

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Free webinar hosted by CTD (Center on Technology & Disability), presented by Diana Petschauer and Alyssa Marinaccio from AT for Education. Create a Free Login to Register:

4/20/16 , 5:00 pm-6:30 pm EST

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP, CEO – AT for Education; RESNA certified ATP, consultant for ATforED.
Alyssa Marinaccio, M.Ed., ATP, AT Coordinator for the Office of Disability Services at UCONN, RESNA Certified ATP & consultant for ATforED.

Diana Petschauer, M.Ed., ATP & Alyssa Marinaccio, M.Ed.Transition from high school to college is a significant and critical time in a student’s life and educational career. This webinar will inform participants of strategies and resources to help ensure that the transition is a successful one! Learn about the different assistive technology options for students in high school and college.  Free and low-cost AT options, self-advocacy and awareness skills, and IEPs vs 504 will be discussed. The presenters will share their knowledge on how to seek accommodations in college including: when to start; what to ask for, who to contact, and what documentation colleges require. Learn the process for registering with the Disabilities Services Office. Information regarding the acquisition of accessible versions of textbooks will also be shared (as this differs from the high school process).  Assistive technology options will be demonstrated including literacy support, note taking support, executive function support, and support for sensory and physical disabilities.

This information is incredibly helpful for high school students, parents, transition coordinators, Vocational Rehabilitation counselors, school counselors/ advisors, high school educators & special educators.  Many resources will be shared for participants to refer back to and use immediately.

Audience: Educators, Special Educators, Counselors, Disability Support Organizations, Family members, Parents, Students, Advocates, AT Professionals.

In the New England Area? Join Us for Apps Across the Curriculum! PD Workshop, 3/10/16

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Apps Across The Curriculum!

3/10/16, 8:30 am- 3:00 pm, Youth Education Tomorrow Center, Tilton, NH. Right Off 93, Exit 19.

After first issuing 1:1 iPads and laptops, many schools are now implementing BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) programs that provide more choice for educators and learners. Some are even Going Google with Chromebooks and Google Apps for Education (GAFE). How do you support learners on all of these devices, including your struggling learners, using free and low cost Apps & AT solutions? Join us for this in-depth workshop focusing on the most important assistive technology tools for ensuring success for all learners on all devices!  Using FREE and low cost programs and software, apps, extensions, and the built-in accessibility features and tools available on the Apple’s IOS devices (For iPads and iPhones) and from Google’s Chrome Web Store (For Chromebooks, laptops, tablets, & Surface Pro).

You will learn about a number of built-in accessibility features that provide free AT solutions for diverse learners out of the box, as well as a number of free and low cost apps to support your struggling students in accessing textbooks and learning materials (Handouts/Worksheets) and completing assignments using technology. AT and app solutions to support students with learning disabilities (including Dyslexia), physical disabilities, low vision or blindness, and difficulties with executive functioning, literacy and math will be discussed. With these apps, software and assistive technology supports, you will have a powerful toolkit for fostering access and success across all platforms, devices, and subjects! Free tools and features include text to speech for research and textbooks as well as worksheets, speech to text (voice recognition, access to Bookshare, mind-mapping and brainstorming, scheduling & reminders, note taking support, word prediction, completing worksheets and handouts with technology, literacy practice and access to math, and more!

We will also dive into the Chrome web store as well as using Google Docs and Google Drive.

*Note: It is imperative that participants have access to a device that allows them administrative privileges to download free and low cost apps and AT as they choose, or a personal device that they own and is not school issued. You may use more than one device including an iPad, laptop (mac or PC, Chromebook, Surface pro, Android tablet). For school trainings, IT/Admin can download apps ahead of time, or after the training as they see appropriate.

The latest AT available for students as well as an overview of available AT for students is discussed. Register:


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