Teachers participating in professional development

 

November 3, 2017

Virginia Council for Exceptional Children Annual Conference

Time: 7:00am - 5:00pm  (Registration and continental breakfast begin at 7:00am, the program begins at 8:00am).

Location:  Doubletree by Hilton Richmond Midlothian 1021 Koger Center Blvd, Richmond, Virginia 23235.

Intended Audience:  Teachers, therapists, administrators, and parents working with or interested in the education and inclusion of exceptional children.

Registration:  $135 for professionals and $105 for students.  To register and view the conference agenda, please visit the conference web page.

For More Information:  Email Brooke Blanks at vacec2017@gmail.com.

 

November 7, 2017

Combining Assistive Technologies to Enhance Classroom Learning

Description: The term “assistive technology” tends to put teachers and therapists on high alert when they hear it.  Their concern stems from the fact that some of the technologies are extremely complicated and would almost require a specialized degree in order to fully understand how they work.  These professionals also have concerns about the reality of that technology being the best solution for the child. The reality is that assistive technology can be beneficial in any classroom.  The focus of its use is what makes it so viable in all classrooms.  Assistive technology is more like a superhero with a secret identity.  Most teachers and therapists are used to using a certain piece of AT for certain situations.  When we move beyond that myopic view of this technology, we can see how widely applicable AT becomes.

There is no such thing as “one-size-fits-all” in education, but we can actually take some of the pieces of AT and create enhanced learning environments which serve a number of purposes.  First, we need to create environments which have greater accessibility for learning and add to their inclusivity.  Then, we work with sensory support items to add to the focus and attention of all students.  During this session, we will look at how to re-purpose what you already have and bring it to new life.  We will also look at aspects of AT which you may not have thought to bring into the classroom and see how they can easily adapt themselves into daily activities.

Participants will look at AT in a different manner after they leave.  They will take away some new ideas or plans to use AT in their classrooms or therapy sessions.  They will also know that assistive technology can be used in ways that desensitizes typical students to these devices and create more opportunities for inclusive learning.

Sponsor: School Health, Inc. The presentation will be led by Dr. Ray Heipp.

Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm (Registration begins and coffee will be available at 8:30am).

Location:  T/TAC at Virginia Tech's Assistive Technology Lab - 250 S. Main St. Suite 326, Blacksburg, VA. 24061.

Intended Audience:  Special and general education teachers, therapists, and administrators.

Registration:  Free and lunch will be provided.  Registration is limited to 25.  There will be a waiting list available.  Register for this event now.

For More Information: Email Holly Nester at holly@vt.edu or Matt Newton at matthewn@vt.edu or call 800-848-2714.

 

November 16, 2017

Fall Region 7 CoLA Meeting

Description: The learning boost for our fall meeting will be centered around creating sustainable supports to educate students with ASD. We will discuss what information divisions need and how they can get it, how to ensure these supports are ongoing and how to get teacher buy-in to implement these supports. Teams will also be provided with refreshments and time for networking with other CoLA teams around their region.  Please bring a laptop or other mobile device with you to the meeting.

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm (registration and refreshments beginning at 8:30).

Location: Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center in Abingdon, Virginia.

Intended Audience: Leadership teams of 3–4 people who are identified as leaders in autism in their division including general and special education teachers, paraprofessionals, related service providers and/or administrators.

Sponsor: VCU ACE and the T/TAC @ VT

Registration: Follow this link to register for the Region 7 Fall CoLA event.

For More Information: E-mail Holly Nester at hollyn@vt.edu or Lynn Everett at elynn1@vt.edu or call 800-848-2714.

 

November 17, 2017

Fall Region 6 CoLA Meeting

Description: The learning boost for our fall meeting will be centered around creating sustainable supports to educate students with ASD. We will discuss what information divisions need and how they can get it, how to ensure these supports are ongoing and how to get teacher buy-in to implement these supports. Teams will also be provided with refreshments and time for networking with other CoLA teams around their region.  Please bring a laptop or other mobile device with you to the meeting.

Time: 9:00am – 1:00pm (registration and refreshments beginning at 8:30).

Location: Roanoke Higher Education Center.

Intended Audience: Leadership teams of 3–4 people who are identified as leaders in autism in their division including general and special education teachers, paraprofessionals, related service providers and/or administrators.

Sponsor: VCU ACE and the T/TAC @ VT

Registration: Follow this link to register for the Region 6 Fall CoLA event.

For More Information: E-mail Holly Nester at hollyn@vt.edu or Lynn Everett at elynn1@vt.edu or call 800-848-2714.

 

December 8, 2017

Hacking for the Holidays!

Description: For many children with physical disabilities, playing with off-the-shelf toys is difficult. Making toys switch accessible does not affect the quality of use or the operation; rather, it allows for alternative access for children to be able to play with toys. This workshop will cover how to modify a battery-operated toy with simple operations and how to create your own DIY accessibility switch.  All of the needed equipment and materials for adapting the toys will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring an off-the-shelf toy or a gently-used toy from your home or classroom.  Suggested toys include soft/plush push-button toys, basic remote control toys, and other single function toys that talk, move, or play music. Inexpensive toys are often easier to hack! There will also be a wrapping station available for those toys that will be given as holiday gifts. 

Time: 9:00am - 3:00pm (Registration begins and coffee will be available at 8:30am).

Location:  T/TAC at Virginia Tech's Assistive Technology Lab - 250 S. Main St. Suite 326, Blacksburg, VA. 24061.

Intended Audience:  Families of children with disabilities and school personneworking with students with disabilities. 

For More Information:  Email Matt Newton at matthewn@vt.edu or Holly Nester at hollyn@vt.edu or call 800-848-2714.

Registration:  Free and lunch will be provided.  Registration is limited to 15.  There will be a waiting list available.  Register for Hacking for the Holiday now!