March 30, 2017
Region 7 Assistive Technology Network Meeting
Description: The Assisive Technology Network meeting is an opportunity for leaders in AT to come together and share their experience and knowledge of AT to support students with disabilities. Divisions are encouraged to designate teams who will consistently attend meetings twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, and have the ability to take information back to their divisions to provide professional development. The goal of the AT Network is to build capacity within divisions in the area of assistive technology in order to support the learning of students with disabilities.
Location: Southwest Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia
Intended Audience: Leadership teams of 3–4 people, including AT specialists, general and special education teachers, administrators, SLPs, OTs, PTs, vision and hearing specialists, ITRTs, and/or other individuals with knowledge of assistive technology
Time: 9:00am–1:00pm (Registration and refreshments beginning at 8:30am)
Sponsored By: T/TAC at Virginia Tech
Registration: Visit https://form.jotform.com/70235163983963.
March 31, 2017
Region 6 Assistive Technology Network Meeting
Description: The Assistive Technology Network meeting is an opportunity for leaders in AT to come together and share their experience and knowledge of AT to support students with disabilities. Divisions are encouraged to designate teams who will consistently attend meetings twice a year, once in the fall and once in the spring, and have the ability to take information back to their divisions to provide professional development. The goal of the AT
Network is to build capacity within divisions in the area of assistive technology in order to support the learning of students with disabilities.
Location: Roanoke Higher Education Center in Roanoke, Virginia
Intended Audience: Leadership teams of 3-4 people, including AT specialists, general and special education teachers, administrators, SLPs, OTs, PTs, vision and hearing specialists, ITRTs, and/or other individuals with knowledge of assistive technology
Time: 9:00am–1:00pm (Registration and refreshments beginning at 8:30)
Sponsored By: T/TAC at Virginia Tech
Registration: Visit https://form.jotform.com/70235598235965.
March 30 & 31, 2017
2017 Annual Autism Outreach and Research Conference
Description: This year the VT Autism Clinic (VTAC) Outreach Conference and the VT Center for Autism Research (VTCAR) Conference are combining to provide a two-day autism related informational event.
March 30: VTAC Outreach Conference is from 9:00am–3:00pm. Dylan and Derek Volk will present, "A Rare and Truthful Look Inside a Dad's Life Raising a Son on the Autism Spectrum." Breakfast and lunch are provided ($20.00 donation requested).
March 31: VTCAR Conference is from 8:30am–11:30am. The keynote speaker is Lisa Ruble, Ph.D. from the College of Education, University of Kentucky Center for Autism Evaluation, Services and Research. Breakfast will be provided ($10.00 donation requested).
Location: Biocomplexity Institute of Virginia Tech, 1015 Life Science Circle, Blacksburg, Virginia 24061 (Conference Room 145)
Intended Audience: Faculty, students, affiliates, and the community are invited to attend
Sponsored By: This year the VT Autism Clinic (VTAC) Outreach Conference and the VT Center for Autism Research (VTCAR) Conference are combining to provide a two-day autism related informational event.
Registration: RSVP for either conference by March 15, 2017 to Zoe Waddell at firstname.lastname@example.org and indicate which conference(s) you will be attending.
Additional Information: All proceeds directly benefit VTAC and VTCAR.
April 1, 2017
Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities' Spring Symposium Presents, "Dynamic Learning Strategies: Getting Everyone Engaged!"
Description: The keynote speaker will be Chad Triolet. Chad has been working for Chesapeake Public Schools (CPS) for 22 years. He was an elementary physical education teacher for 18 years at Deep Creek Elementary. He also coordinated the Safe Routes to School grant for CPS for 3 years. Chad is currently serving as an Assistant Principal at Sparrow Road Intermediate, a Title 1 school in Chesapeake. As an educator, he believes in promoting instruction that focuses on the "whole child." Chad is nationally-recognized for his wide variety of creative strategies and techniques to help students raise fitness levels and learn/practice critical movement skills and concepts that promote living an active lifestyle. For more information about Chad, please visit the VCLD website http://vcld.org.
Location: Festival Conference and Student Center, James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Intended Audience: Education professionals
Sponsored By: Virginia Council for Learning Disabilities
Registration: Visit http://vcld.org to register.
April 6–7, 2017
Language Acquisition Through Motor Planning (LAMP)
Description: LAMP is an augmentative alternative communication (AAC) approach designed to give individuals who are non-verbal or have limited verbal abilities a method of independently and spontaneously expressing themselves through the use of a voice output device. This two-day training will cover the five components of the LAMP approach, the role of motor learning in language development, device features that support implementation of LAMP, and choosing and teaching appropriate vocabulary. There will be an additional session presented by Teresa Dubovsky, SLP from Assistive Technology Works, on implementation of the LAMP approach immediately following the lunch break on Day 2. Please note, you will need to register for both of these events separately!
Location: Bristol City School Board Office, 222 Oak Street, Bristol, Virginia 24201
Intended Audience: Teachers, therapists, and parents of students who are non-verbal or have limited verbal communication
Time: Day 1 LAMP 8:30am–3:30pm
Day 2 LAMP 8:30am–12:00pm
Day 2 Implementation Session 1:00pm–3:00pm
Registration: To register for the 2-day LAMP training, visit http://www.aacandautism.com/trng/index.php?action=view&id=QZAP5AOEU8SZ.
To register for the follow-up implementation session at the end of Day 2, visit: https://form.jotform.com/70085465624963.
April 7, 2017
Implementation of the LAMP Approach Throughout the School Day
Description: This will be a follow-up session for participants attending the 2-day LAMP training on April 6–7 or for those who have previously completed a LAMP training. Teresa Dubovsky, SLP from Assistive Technology Works, will discuss ways that the LAMP approach can be implemented to support the development of language and social skills as well as provide a means of participation in academics.
Location: Bristol City School Board Office, 222 Oak Street, Bristol, Virginia 24201
Intended Audience: Teachers, therapists, and parents of students who are currently using the LAMP approach for communication
Registration: Please visit https://form.jotform.com/70085465624963.
April 8, 2017
Southwest Virginia K12 Google Gathering
Description: Google educators will demonstrate and share ideas pertaining to GAFE and Chromebooks. Not only will Google topics be offered, but other exciting ideas will be presented to enhance technology in the classroom. Guest speaker Jeremy Ernst, Associate Professor of Integrative STEM Education at Virginia Tech, will share innovative ideas emerging in the area of STEM education. Up to 40 sessions will be offered during the day. Educators will lead sessions and share their experiences implementing technology into an educational setting. Apple will also showcase educational technology ideas and uses. There is a $50.00 registration fee and breakfast and lunch will be provided.
Location: Radford High School, Radford, Virginia
Registration: Visit https://goo.gl/WA6hTo for more information and to register.
April 29, 2017
Dyslexia: Strategies and Beyond
Description: Keynote speaker will be Liam Haller, Eye to Eye Diplomat, Northwestern University. From being unsure to igniting hope, Eye to Eye Diplomats are living proof that for a young person with LD/ADHD, first finding your voice and then giving it bold expression creates a chain of confidence that changes the world. When you can believe in yourself as a Different Thinker, as these Diplomats encourage others to do, you can see yourself as an equal...to anyone.
As a kid, Liam struggled with reading—and his grade school standardized tests quickly singled him out as a "different thinker." For the years that followed, his hard work and sheer tenacity helped him to get through school. Once he got to high school, though, his challenges caught up with him, and he found an ally in his Freshman English teacher. Since then—equipped with the diagnosis of dyslexia and dysgraphia—Liam has excelled as a student and an Eye to Eye leader. An avid linguist, Liam is a two-time silver medalist in the International Latin Exam and a recipient of the New York State Youth in Philanthropy Award. In his free time, he enjoys competitive Olympic weightlifting and hanging out with friends.
Guest speaker will be Dr. John Almarode. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Early, Elementary, and Reading Education at James Madison University. He is also the Co-Director of James Madison University's Center for STEM Education and Outreach and co-editor of the Teacher Educator's Journal. At James Madison University, John works with pre-service teachers in elementary science methods and actively pursues research interests in the science of learning, the design and measurement of classroom environments that promote student engagement and learning, and the interest and engagement in STEM disciplines, specialized STEM high schools, and college and university laboratory schools. The work of John and his colleagues has been presented to the United States Congress, Virginia Senate, United States Department of Education, and Office of Science and Technology Policy at The White House. John has presented locally, nationally, and internationally on the application of the science of learning to the classroom, school, and home environments. He has worked with hundreds of school districts and thousands of teachers in countries as far away as Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and South Korea. John has authored multiple articles, reports, book chapters, and two books, including Captivate, Activate, and Invigorate the Student Brain in Science and Math, Grades 6–12 (Corwin Press, 2013). He is currently working on the K–5 version of the same book as well as a book on teacher clarity.
Location: James Madison University, Harrisonburg, Virginia
Registration: Registration will be $100.00 with lunch included and opens March 1, 2017. Watch the website va.dyslexiaida.org for the announcement and registration link.
May 3–5, 2017
The 41st Brain Injury Rehabilitation Conference
Description: This conference provides a unique focus on practical solutions and interventions to improve brain injury rehabilitation practice.
Location: Williamsburg Double Tree by Hilton Hotel in Williamsburg, Virginia
Intended Audience: Rehabilitation professionals, including psychologists, counselors, social workers, case managers, CBIS, OT, PT, SLP, and physicians
Sponsored By: Brain Injury Services
Registration: Visit http://braininjurysvcs.org/williamsburg-tbi-conference/register-now.html to register.
May 4, 2017
Alternate Access: From Switches to Eye Gaze
Morning Session – Switch Accessibility, the iPad, and Computer Access: The Basics and Beyond
Description: When we look at making the iPad or computer technology accessible for students with significant disabilities, we may find motoric challenges impact potential success. In order to overcome this barrier, we often turn to switches as tools to support access. However, in order for our kids to be successful with an iPad, we need to understand a few foundational concepts related to Apple’s switch control settings, scanning options, as well as the different types of switches and interface devices, iPad cases, and mounting options. This workshop will cover such topics as, switch selection and placement, switch control settings, switch interface devices, mounting options, and tips for configuring switch-enabled apps and programs. Finally, we will explore apps/programs for communication, literacy, math, and the content areas and look at meaningful ways these apps/programs can be used to engage and motivate our students to access instruction.
Afternoon Session – Beyond the Switch: Affordable Eye Gaze for Instructional Access and Communication
Description: For many years, switch access has been the only option for many of our students with motoric challenges. Even once eye gaze technology became available, it was either too unreliable, challenging, or cost-prohibitive for school districts or our students’ families.
Recently, new and more affordable technology has emerged that is more accurate, forgiving, and customizable in terms of providing access to computer-based activities and communication opportunities.
During our time together, participants will get an in-depth view of the technology, be able to identify potential candidates, explore eye gaze training software providing opportunities for individuals to develop the skills necessary to control a mouse cursor with their eyes, and how to collect and capture student data. Ideas for maximizing user success and opportunities to review third party software designed to support communication access will also be shared.
Presenter: Cindy Richardson is an AT Practitioner with over 30 years of experience and is the Business Development Manager with Ablenet, Inc.
Location: Virginia Tech T/TAC AT Lab, Blacksburg, VA
Intended Audience: Parents and professionals who support a student or students with complex needs
Time: 8:30am–3:00pm (lunch provided)
Registration: Visit https://form.jotform.com/61683602021951.
July 19–21, 2017
Creating Connections to Shining Stars
Description: Virginia’s collaborative early childhood birth-through-five summer conference educating our infants, toddlers, and young children with disabilities as well as advocating for them and supporting their families. An evidence-based professional development for practitioners in early intervention and early childhood, administrators, related service providers and family members.
Location: Hotel Roanoke and Conference Center, Roanoke, Virginia
Intended Audience: Administrators, early interventionists, guidance counselors, OTs, paraprofessionals, parents/families/PT, SLPs, teachers, transition coordinators
Sponsored By: Partnership for People with Disabilities, Infant & Toddler Connections of Virginia, Integrated Training Collaborative, Virginia Cross-Sector Professional Development (VCPD): Coordination Across Earlty Childhood Systems
Time: Coming Soon
Registration: Click here to register.
Additional Information: Coming soon