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Hindie Dershowitz and Joyce Waggoner, “Blank Stares of I.E.P. Team Members When Considering Assistive Technology”

This podcast interview is actually a 2-for-1! Hindie Dershowitz was kind enough to sit down and discuss her two TATN Conference presentations. The first, “Blank Stares of IEP Team Members…” was co-presented with Joyce Waggoner and focuses on providing training and resources to IEP teams so that they can make educated, informed decisions about AT Consideration. Hindie’s second presentation centered around Microsoft PhotoStory, which allows her to create training materials that can be used by any staff member in her district. It is a free download for PCs, and can be found at the Microsoft website. Click the following link to listen to the interview in your web browser, or subscribe through your favorite MP3 aggregator. Hindie Dershowitz Interview 8:02 Minutes, 7.36 MB

15 Jul 2007

Rank #1

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Kelly Fonner, “Lessons Learned: Integrating AAC into the Classroom”

How to integrate Augmentative Communication (AAC) devices into the curriculum can be a daunting task to teachers and teams who aren’t familiar with this technology. Kelly Fonner presented 8 lessons that she has learned over the years, to assist teachers and teams in the integration process. Click on the link below to listen to an interview in which Kelly shares simple practical advice for integrating AAC technology into the classroom. If you’d like more information, or would like to contact Kelly, her website is: http://www.kellyfonner.com Kelly Fonner’s Interview 13:26 Minutes, 12.3 MB

19 Jul 2007

Rank #2

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Scott Marfilius, “Technology Supports for Struggling Writers”

Scott Marfilius digs into the area of writing, breaking it down into its component pieces and helping teachers to examine exactly where their students are struggling. They then examined which technology tools might support the writing strategies that could be put into place. This presentation was based on the new TATN training module that was developed this past year. Click the following link to listen to the interview in your web browser, or subscribe through your favorite MP3 aggregator. Scott Marfilius Interview 13:20 minutes, 12.2 MB

16 Jul 2007

Rank #3

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Therese Willkomm, “Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes – Beyond Duct Tape and Velcro”

Therese Willkomm presented and all-day, hands-on lab that introduced many of the participants to tools and materials that would allow them to create basic modifications that could really impact their student’s lives. Each participant made a business card switch, created a battery-device adapter, scored, snapped, and bent acrylic, and learned about materials that are readily available at the local hardware store. Therese has a book that is available for purchase, entitled, “Make a Difference Today: Assistive Technology Solutions in Minutes.” It’s available for $35, and can be purchased by visiting http://www.nhassistivetechnology.org or clicking this link. Click the following link to listen to the interview in your web browser, or subscribe through your favorite MP3 aggregator. Therese Willkomm Interview 13:20 minutes, 12.2 MB

16 Jul 2007

Rank #4

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Eileen Garza, “Home Sweet Home: AT Solutions for Individuals on the Autism Spectrum”

I’ll admit it. I’m the first one to fall for a gadget or gizmo that beeps, whirrs, or is just the latest and greatest in state-of-the-art electronics. (I said fall for, not necessarily purchase – that stuff’s expensive!) However, Eileen Garza’s presentation reminds us that there is a lot of items that we can use with our students on the Autism Spectrum that we may already have at home, or are simple, inexpensive, readily-available products. Click the following link to listen to the interview in your web browser, or subscribe through your favorite MP3 aggregator. Eileen Garza Interview 8:02 Minutes, 7.36 MB

16 Jul 2007

Rank #5