#59-Technology Series Recap & Guest Clips

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In this episode, Kim shares what she learned and is implementing from guests in the technology series. Along with these lessons are clips from each guest so listeners have a quick reference to find episodes of interest.

Episodes in the Technology Series (click title to be directed):

Rachael Langley is a speech language pathologist specializing in augmentative and alternative communication (AAC).

In addition to her private practice and job with the state as a consultant to SLP’s in Michigan, she is the founder and organizer of the TalkingAAC annual conference. She is a frequent contributor to AAC platforms promoting effective, creative and proven ways to implement AAC language acquisition.

In Episode #48, Rachael talks with us about:

  • Finding an AAC specialist

  • Aided facilitated stimulation

  • Communication autonomy

  • Avoiding prompt dependency

  • Overcoming obstacles parents, teachers, and support staff face in becoming fluent AAC users

  • #49 & #50 Person Centered Planning & AAC w Erin Sheldon

    Person centered planning is not a system or policy but rather a way of thinking. It asks that we momentarily put aside what is currently offered and focus on what is important to an individual with special needs before thinking about what is important for them to fit in the existing system.

    Our guest is Erin Sheldon who is the CEO of Integration Action for Inclusion, an organization supporting and empowering inclusion advocates.

  • #52 Curated and Reviewed Apps w Cristen Reat

    Ipads and smartphones have been game changers for individuals with special needs. Device apps are providing an avenue for communication, learning and independence. BUT, there are over 2 million apps to choose from with over 1000 being added to the store every day. How can we possibly keep up with what is available and know if they are applicable?

    This conversation with Cristen Reat, cofounder of Bridging Apps, is going to save you time and money by pointing to an up to date, curated, reviewed, and filtered lists of apps. Some of these apps you may never have considered using in the unique ways suggested for an individual with differing abilities.

  • #53 Is Technology the Caregiving Solution w Jason Ray

How is the adult special needs community going to receive adequate supports, maximum independence, and safety with the limited budgets available in most states?

Could technology be the answer?

Jason Ray from Simply Home joins us for a discussion on how homes customized with technological adaptations are providing dignity and independence for those with disabilities while saving service providers and families thousands of dollars.

Social cognition and self advocacy don’t always come naturally and so may need to be taught. A program at the Center for Brain Health in Dallas Texas called Charisma is teaching clients these and other social skills via a game based learning environment. Avatars are created for the client and therapists while real time and customized social situations play out in the virtual world. Therapists are able to offer immediate feedback to the client that research shows carry over into real life social settings.

Tandra Allen, an SLP with the Charisma project, joins us to discuss how the program works and who it is working for.

Dr. Stephanie Talalai is a special education teacher at the A. Harry Moore School which is known for its creative utilization of technology. Dr. Talalai is largely responsible for this reputation. Several years ago she saw the need to implement more technology so she both created and filled a position within the school to do so. She is a Google Certified Educator and in this episode gives us ways to share, learn, and implement technology on a tight budget.

Accessible Educational Materials make it an exciting and promising time for those with print disabilities. Luis Perez points us to the many available resources.

Luis Perez is the technical assistance specialist at the National Center on Accessible Materials at CAST. He has multiple degrees and publications. He is an Apple distinguished educator, a Google certified educator, president elect of the inclusive learning network, and selected as the 2016 outstanding inclusive educator by the International Society for Technology in Education.

Effectively utilizing assistive technology for individuals with disabilities requires more than access to the latest gadgets, apps, and tools. More important is the process leading to the correct gadget, app, and tool.

Mike Marotta is an assistive technology support specialist with an extensive resume spanning 30 years with the special needs population. In this episode, Mike shares the process he uses and gives us the confidence to do so as well. He points us to places our questions can be answered (hint: hashtag!).

Reasonably priced and easily accessible technology marketed toward able bodied individuals also has the alternative perk of bringing independence and improving quality of life for those with disabilities. Venkat Rao of The Assistive Technology Blog shares several examples in this episode as well as his favorite products just entering the market.