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Spring 2024: Adaptive Technology: From Inventory to Intake to Implementation

Welcome to Adaptive Technology: From Inventory to Intake to Implementation

The field of adaptive technology is an ever-changing, rapidly developing one. The changes, innovations and updates happen quickly and unexpectedly, often making it challenging for colleges, their respective disability services offices, and particularly their adaptive technology staff to research and evaluate the technology, make recommendations for adoption, upgrade, or purchase, then to be able to train and support students in learning and adapting to the recommended AT. This class will give you an opportunity to delve more deeply into exploring the various types of adaptive technology used for a variety of disabilities, how to do an intake assessment, make training and support follow up appointments, how to do a campus-wide inventory of AT in use, how to use data collection to bolster budget requests, how to set up an AT-specific or a general campus Accessibility Task Force. You'll learn how to connect the assessment of various disabilities with the adaptive tech needed for access. Your active participation in the class is welcomed and encouraged!

Course Objectives & Structure

This facilitated class includes 8 weekly modules which will generally include a video presentation, optional readings, online links as resources to review, and demos of different types of adaptive technologies, activities and class discussions. Each of the modules has a short "what did I learn" quizlet for your review before moving on to the next module.

Instructor: Wink Harner
Teaching Assistant: Christine Lew

By the end of the course, participants will be able to:

    1. Provide a definition of adaptive technology for students with disabilities;
    2. Articulate the laws and regulations that impact AT in higher education and identify and differentiate between those that impact K-12;
    3. Understand the accommodation intake process for college students;
    4. Understand the AT referral and evaluation process & differentiate AT based on a student’s specific needs;
    5. Develop strategies for working with students who are transitioning to college;
    6. Develop strategies for advising faculty and campus staff on campus-wide use of AT;
    7. Articulate a vision for institutional best practices in AT, incorporating this into campus policy;
    8. Understand & identify a variety of AT tools needed by a campus office of student disabilities;
    9. Learn how AT hardware/software can be supported by state and federal initiatives;
    10. Articulate why there are no IEP's in college;
Additional learning outcomes you may also gain from this course are being able to:
• Describe commonly employed forms of adaptive technology and the use of each - how is the AT linked to provide access for specific types of disabilities?;
• Explain the principles of universal design for learning (UDL) and describe methods and strategies to advocate for more fully accessible classrooms (including online classrooms), campuses, curricula, and support services;
• Analyze the educational accommodation needs of neurodiverse students for educational accommodations and formulate strategies to support student success by addressing them through appropriate forms of adaptive technologies.

For each module, participants are expected to:

  1. View presentation video, if part of the module;
  2. Read through the material provided in online links and/or read optional suggested reading materials;
  3. Interact with fellow participants by posting messages regularly using the discussion forum, which furthers the discussion (this is in addition to answering the initial assignments);
  4. Complete module activities;

Class Discussions:

  1. For each module you will have one or more discussion assignments with prompts that will focus on a different aspect of adaptive technology, hardware, software and apps. These discussions will be held on a weekly basis.
  2. While your attendance and participation in the discussion is not required, you are encouraged to join to share your ideas and experience, to ask questions and learn from your peers. Your instructor will participate in each Module's discussion and add tips, tricks, links, and how-to steps in accessing or using the technologies.

Optional Weekly Synchronous Zoom Sessions:

To supplement your course, the instructor and TA will be available at a weekly time on Zoom. The purpose of this time is to respond to your work in the modules so far, to share additional lecture information about the upcoming modules, and to be available to answer your questions as they arise.  If you are unable to attend the weekly Zoom sessions, please submit your questions for that particular module in advance to the instructor and the questions will be answered during Zoom meeting. The Zoom meetings will be available for you to view at a later time on your own.

These are scheduled for:
Wednesdays, from February 14th to April 3rd from 11:00am-12:00pm PST (2:00-3:00pm EST).
Join on Zoom using this link, or use Meeting ID 849 2024 2453 (passcode: 414066)

These sessions are optional for synchronous participation, as we know you all have busy complex schedules and commitments outside of this course! They will be recorded and made available for asynchronous viewing as well.

If you need any accommodations like CART captioning or ASL interpretation to participate in these Zoom sessions, please email at least 1 week in advance.

Information about taking an AHEAD Academy class & Registering

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Member Pricing (Requires Sign-In) - $250
Non Member Pricing- $350

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Starting the Course

Access to all of the modules of this course will be available here for all fully paid registrants beginning on Monday, February 12th 2024 at 9:00 a.m. Eastern Time. Access to the course or instructor will not be available after April 19th 2024.