AT programs experience the most benefit when administrators work closely with AT leaders to make change. For example, AT Leaders can help administrators understand the AT program by:
• Sharing data about the placement of students using AT and the purpose of their AT use.
• Discussing goals and activities with the intention of identifying specific ways that they can support each other in leading AT services in the district.
• Helping identify places within the educational system where collaboration with other departments or other parts of the agency may be needed.
With a focus on activities to improve leadership, management, supervision, program development, and advocacy, we will discuss ideas and strategies to improve communication and collaboration between administrators and AT leaders with the goal of improving. Participants will be encouraged to share their own ideas and experiences of successful collaboration between administrators and AT leaders.
First Learning Objective: Identify two differences between the roles of assigned and emergent AT leaders.
Second Learning Objective: Describe four specific actions that an AT practitioner can take to increase the awareness and involvement of school administrators an AT program.
Third Learning Objective: Identify 3 ideas presented in the workshop to apply to their own practice and develop a plan to implement at least one before the end of the school year.
Accessibility Professional; Administrators; AT Specialists; Alternative Media Specialist; Communication Specialist; Consultants/Trainers; Curriculum and Instruction; Educators; Faculty/Instructors - Higher Education; Instructional Technologist; Media Specialist; Occupational Therapists; Paraprofessionals; Physical Therapists; Speech-Language Pathologists; Special Education Educators; Teachers of the Visually Impaired; Transition Coordinator; Visual Impairment Specialists
ATIA 2020 Conference Recording
This course was given at the ATIA 2020 Conference on Thursday, January 30, 2020 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
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
Number of ASHA CEU Hours: 1.0 Number of ASHA CEUs: 0.1
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).
This course is also offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
For: 0.1 CEU Units.
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.