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CR-LDR-06: Building High- Quality, Sustained AT Leadership and Services

Come to this fast-paced presentation featuring methods for developing sustainable leadership, high-quality service, and measurable change strategies. Assistive Technology (AT) Teams in many settings aspire to make meaningful changes in their processes to ensure consistent access to AT devices and quality services for the learners they serve. It is critical that these teams have knowledge and skills as well as supports in three distinct areas - leadership, knowing what best practice looks like, and knowledge of change strategies. Foundational information related to sustained leadership, Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) and the National Implementation Research Network (NIRN) will be discussed. To move from theory to practice, examples of a state-supported system will be shared, with resources and success stories developed by local districts.

Learning Objectives

  • First Learning Objective: Identify three key elements in developing sustained leadership.
  • Second Learning Objective: Describe two examples of how the Quality Indicators in Assistive Technology and Implementation Science can be utilized to build sustained provision of high-quality AT services.
  • Third Learning Objective: Discuss the resources and strategies that are being used by teams in practice and provide two examples of strategies that you could use to develop improvement plans and next steps.

Target Audience
Accessibility Professional; Administrators; AT Specialists; Alternative Media Specialist; Communication Specialist; Consultants/Trainers; Curriculum and Instruction; Disability Services; Educators; Faculty/Instructors - Higher Education; Family Members; 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

Experience Level

Content Area
Professional Area

ATIA 2020 Conference Recording
This course was given at the ATIA 2020 Conference on Friday, January 31, 2020 9:20 AM - 10:50 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
Type: ASHA
Number of ASHA CEU Hours: 1.5 Number of ASHA CEUs: 0.15

This course is offered for 0.15 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

This course is offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
For: 0.15 CEU Units.

Joan Breslin Larson
Breslin Larson and Associates
Joan Breslin Larson, M.Ed. Joan is an independent consultant in the field of assistive technology and leadership. She was formerly a supervisor for low incidence disabilities at the Minnesota Department of Education. She has worked in AT for over 30 years as an independent consultant, in a school setting and at the state education agency. She lives in Minnesota, and is the parent of three adult children, one of whom had an IEP. Joan is a member of the QIAT Leadership Team, and a co-author of Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology.
Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Joan Breslin Larson is an independent consultant. She is a co-author of Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology, CAST Publishing (2015) which will be referenced during the presentation and for which she receives publishing royalty as an author.
Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes Joan Breslin Larson is a member of the QIAT Leadership Team, which is a volunteer organization. 

Diana Carl
Independent Consultant
Diana Foster Carl, M.A., L.S.S.P., is a Licensed Specialist in School Psychology in Texas with more than 30 years’ experience in various capacities in public education. For the past 10 years, Diana contracted with CAST as the Special Projects Coordinator for the National Center on Accessible Instructional Materials. Diana is a former Director of Special Education Services at Region 4 Education Service Center in Houston, Texas and was lead facilitator of the Texas Assistive Technology Network for twelve years. Diana’s daughter has cerebral palsy and uses a power wheelchair for mobility. She is a member of the QIAT Leadership Team, and a co-author of Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology.
Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Publishing royalty as an author; Fee from speaking/teaching; Consulting fee from independent contractor work
Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: No