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CR-LDR-01: A Capacity-Building Approach to Assistive Technology Service Delivery

Why are our AT models built in the ways they are? In what ways have our original systems of service provision kept us from moving forward with 21st century improvements? As they ask questions like these, teams throughout the country are taking a new look at the design of their assistive technology (AT) services. As we work to examine, improve and customize our models of AT service delivery and its design, it’s important to define the ways in which we want to build new capacity within districts. In this session, Gayl Bowser will offer concepts to assist your team to analyze your current service delivery design, address the big picture of building capacity and suggest team activities to help you re-design your AT services to meet 21st century educational needs.

Learning Objectives
First Learning Objective: Define two essential aspects of what it means to build school capacity for AT services.
Second Learning Objective: Describe the four dimensions of capacity building
Third Learning Objective: Identify two specific actions that they might take to build school capacity to provide educational programs that include assistive technology


Target Audience
Accessibility Professional; Administrators; AT Specialists; Alternative Media Specialist; Communication Specialist; Consultants/Trainers; Curriculum and Instruction; Disability Services; Educators; Faculty/Instructors - Higher Education; Government/Non-Profit Agencies; Instructional Technologist; Media Specialist; Occupational Therapists; Paraprofessionals; Physical Therapists; Rehab Therapists; Speech-Language Pathologists; Special Education Educators; Teachers of the Visually Impaired; Transition Coordinator; Visual Impairment Specialists; Vocational Rehabilitation

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Content Area
Related Area

ATIA 2020 Conference Recording
This course was given at the ATIA 2020 Conference on Thursday, January 30, 2020 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM

Continuing Education Credits
For Satisfactory Completion and Continuing Education information, please visit: ATIA Online Education CEUs

Start date of ASHA CEUs offering: 4/1/2020
Type: ASHA
Number of ASHA CEU Hours: 1.0 Number of ASHA CEUs: 0.1

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).

This course is also offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
For: 0.1 CEU Units.

Gayl Bowser
Assistive Technology Collaborations
Gayl Bowser, M.Ed. works as an independent consultant Her work focuses on the creation of effective, legal and high quality service systems that encourage the integration of technology into educational programs for students with disabilities. Ms. Bowser has worked as a Regional and State-level administrator in Oregon. Formerly the Coordinator of the Oregon Technology Access Program (OTAP) and the State of Oregon’s Specialist in Assistive Technology, Gayl currently provides special education focused consultation, training and technical assistance throughout the United States and internationally. Gayl has co-authored numerous publications about assistive technology including Leading the Way to Excellence in AT Services: A guide for school administrators, Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology: A comprehensive guide to assistive technology services; Education Tech Points: A Framework for Assistive Technology; and Assistive Technology Pointers for Parents.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
I receive consulting fees from independent contractor work for a variety of programs around the United States. I receive publishing royalties as an author for CAST Publishing for Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology and also Leading the Way to Excellence in AT. As a preconference speaker, I receive a free conference registration.
Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
I am a member of the Leadership Team for the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology. This is a volunteer position. I serve on the school board for Camas Valley Charter School in Camas Valley Oregon.