AT Expo 2013 Session Schedule

Expo 2013 Session Topics and Speakers

The following workshops have been arranged for Expo 2013 (topics and speakers subject to change). Keep this page for the time schedule and further information about continuing education.

* indicates sessions for which ASHA CEUs have been approved.
Other sessions are have been approved for continuing education credit through AHEC

You can download the presentations and handouts from the Expo 2013 sessions


Session 1 - 9:30 to 10:30

*Communicating with Devices: What’s Up With That?
How a child or adult can move from receiving the first communication device to effectively communicating with others. Answers to this question from a panel of people who use augmentative communication devices, from their side of the communication device. Personal stories of what worked and what didn’t work. What they wish speech language pathologists knew; how funding issues affected their progress. Suggestions for how to communicate with someone who uses a communication device. Sam Creech, Walton Options, Ryan Carter, student at West Georgia Tech, Bethany Dehaven, student at Crescent High School, Kirk Garrett, Jr., Laurens DSN Board. Moderated by Carol Page, SCATP.

PDF Accessibility
Important basic principles that everyone should know about making these documents accessible and usable to people who use screen readers and have cognitive and mobility challenges. How attention to document structure, headings, lists, tables, Alt Text, and captions prevent accessibility issues when documents are converted to PDF. Overview of some tools that can help repair PDF documents. This session is for everyone who works with these types of documents, not just people who design for the web. Matthew Polkowsky, DHEC, Steve Cook, SC Commission for the Blind

Emergencies, Disasters and Your Assistive Technology
Attendees will receive a free Disaster Planning Guide with the tools on using it to help ensure you, your family or those you work with are prepared for an emergency and know what to do with your Assistive Technology. Potential emergencies/disasters in your area, how you'll get notice of an emergency, home/town evacuation plans, alternate communication plans, tips for practicing your plans, sheltering in place, returning to your home. Specifics about each need as it relates to various disabilities such as hearing, vision and mobility. Catherine Graham, USC SOM, Kimberly Tissot, AbleSC, Mike Patterson, Salvation Army

Supporting Literacy Programs for Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities using Switch Access
Ways students with significant intellectual disabilities can access the curriculum and other types of literacy programs. Discussion of vocabulary, phonological awareness, knowledge of print, letters and words, and comprehension. Researched-based literacy programs shown to be successful with this population of students. Sabrina Jensen, Richland District Two, Val Gioia, AT Specialist, SC Department of Education.

Session 2 - 11:30 to 12:30

*AAC Yikes! You Want Me To Do What?
How an SLP assesses, finds funding and implements augmentative communication systems. How parents or spouses learn about the process and their role with augmentative communication. Resources in South Carolina and on the internet. Great tips and ideas for who to call or where to look for help with augmentative communication. June Maranville, Palmetto Language and Speech Center.

Google Tools
Google tools for management, collaboration, communication, data collection and much more. How Google Tools can help in the classroom, with personal organization and work communication. Overview of GoogleDrive, Google Hangouts, GoogleCalendar, GooglePlus. Real world experiences with these tools, including their accessibility. Rose Jenkins, Midlands Tech

Therapeutic Positioning: Promoting Function and Improved Quality of Life
Identifying the benefits of weight bearing or assisted standing, for body systems (e.g., musculo-skeletal, respiratory, and gastro-intestinal). Selecting and integrating appropriate therapeutic positioning equipment such as activity chairs, gait trainers, the TRAM(lift/assisted gait device), and Versa Form into daily activities. How this approach impacts quality of life for people with several orthopedic impairments. Session is for parents, care givers, and service providers of individuals of all ages who have severe orthopedic impairments. Marian Michael, Kathleen OBrien, Richland School District Two.

Whats so High Tech about Universal Design for Learning?
How UDL incorporates free technologies to embed multiple elements of representation and opportunities for all students to engage in learning activities and express their knowledge. Free web tools that support universal interventions for all students and eliminate barriers to learning. Cheryl Wissick, USC College of Education, Kathleen Heiss, AT Specialist, SC Department of Education.

Session 3 - 2:00 to 3:00

*Aided Language Stimulation: Increase Input to Increase Output
Overview of one of the most effective communication partner strategies for facilitating a child's skills to become a functional and effective augmentative communicator. How to provide and model the use of AAC that's directly related to the success of the individual's AAC system. Examples of various supports and research supporting Aided Language Stimulation intervention. Case examples of students who have been successful with this approach. Carol Page, SCATP, Jenny Tate, MUSC.

Gathering in the Cloud
Ways to work and communicate together without having to meet face to face. Free and low cost online solutions (e.g., GooglePlus Hangouts, Skype, Dropbox, GoogleDrive, WebX, AnyMeeting, GoToMeeting, Elluminate, and more). How these solutions sometimes make things possible for people with disabilities. Accessibility and usability issues for people who use assistive technology. Rose Jenkins, Midlands Tech, Janet Jendron, SCATP

Assistive Technology for Independent Living
Real life examples of how assistive technology has helped people live and work independently. Many examples of high and low tech solutions that help people with a variety of challenges such as deaf-blindness, mobility, brain injury, memory and communication challenges. Solutions for computer access, financial management, and other activities of daily living. Case studies and presentations by people who aren’t served by traditional funding sources. Kimberly Tissot, AbleSC, David Dawson, USC SOM

Supports for Students Entering Higher Education and Employment
Helping students (beginning at age thirteen) transition from school to college and school to work. Overview of free literacy and study supports. SC Vocational Rehabilitation services that may be available, as well post-secondary student disability services. Discussion of various college certificate programs for students with moderate intellectual disabilities. Mark Daniels, AT Specialist, SC Department of Education, Rosemary Meredith, SCVRD, Sharon Bellwood, Greenville Tech


Continuing education credits through AHEC

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-010, has been approved for 3.0 hours.

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

Physical Therapists: This program has been approved for **1.2 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)

Speech Pathologists: This program has been approved for **2.0 hours of continuing education for Speech Pathologists by the SC Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation Board of Speech Pathologists and Audiologists.

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 through BabyNet

The following sessions are pre-approved for BabyNet Credential renewal hours and will count for 1 credit hour of “Pre-approved Outside Trainings.” BabyNet personnel are only required to have 3 hours of “Pre-approved Outside Trainings.”

Communicating with Devices: What's Up with That?
Supporting Literacy Programs for Students with Significant Intellectual Disabilities using Switch Access
AAC Yikes! You Want Me To Do What?
Therapeutic Positioning: Promoting Function and Improved Quality of Life
Aided Language Stimulation: Increase Input to Increase Output


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