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ATP060101: DIY AT for the New Normal


Covid-19 pushed the fast forward button on distance learning. How can DIY AT help parents with AT solutions at home? How can we assist educators and other service providers with AT solutions during times of e-learning? How can DIY AT create the most meaningful participation for all learners? Let’s talk about challenges and success. Come learn creative solutions for using DIY AT at home as well as resources that can be used in virtual AT services. During this presentation we will show how DIY AT can benefit you in times of distance learning, emergencies, and especially in your daily practice.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Describe at least 3 DIY AT tools or ideas to use in daily practice (homemade tablet holders, communication object boards, and head tracker etc.)
Second Learning Objective: Identify at least 3 resources to use in virtual AT services (mirrors, multi-devices, green screens etc.)
Third Learning Objective: Discuss 3 potential challenges and 3 user outcomes to using DIY AT

Primary Strand

Assistive Technology for Physical Access and Participation

Secondary Strand

Education & Learning: Early Intervention – 12

Target Audience

  • Administrators
  • AT Specialists
  • Caregivers
  • Communication Specialist
  • Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities
  • Consultants/Trainers
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Disability Services
  • Educators
  • Faculty/Instructors - Higher Education
  • Family Members
  • Government/Non-Profit Agencies
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Paraprofessionals
  • Physical Therapists
  • Rehab Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Special Education Educators
  • Teachers of the Visually Impaired
  • Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Transition Coordinator
  • Visual Impairment Specialists
  • Vocational Rehabilitation

Experience Level


Primary Life Cycle Addressed


Content Area

Professional Area

Course Schedule

This course was included in the ATIA 2021: AT Connected virtual event education program.

Continuing Education Credits

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

ASHA CE Information: 
Recorded Session
Start date of ASHA CEUs offering: March 11, 2021

ASHA Continuing Education Approved Provider
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs. (Introductory level, Professional area.)

This course is also offered for the following CE Provider Credits:

For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.

Please refer to the CRC AT for Physical Access and Participation Series page for further information on how to submit your CRC CEUs for this course to CRCC.


Rachell Johnson, M.C.D., CCC-SLP

Stepping Stones Group/F1S and Technology For Home, AT Team Lead/SLP


I have 15 years of experience in the field of speech-language pathology and have been working with assistive technology since 2011, specializing in eye gaze evaluations and treatment. Currently I work for The Stepping Stones Group serving Florence One Schools in Florence, South Carolina as one of the district’s Assistive Technology Team Leaders working with students ages 3-21. I am also an AT Consultant for Technology For Home in Minnesota working virtually with persons from the age range of birth to geriatric. I have enjoyed giving live presentations, webinars, and virtual training sessions relating to AT. My current AT projects include developing a district AT training module; ongoing development of my district's AT Team; and serving as one of the district’s liaisons to the CITES team which is part of the national CITES Framework to create inclusive technology ecosystems within school districts. Highlights of my career have been working with the Technology For Home Grant, helping students and their families realize their potential with AT as well as seeing AT open doors for adults who use it to live more independently. I especially loved serving as Assistive Technology Program Manager for the DC Maryland and Virginia Chapter of the ALS Association, and opening up one of the nation's first free standing AT Clinic for those with ALS. With these experiences, I have been practicing virtual AT tele-services years before Covid-19. I have written and co-written articles for Closing the Gap Magazine. I have presented at 6 national conferences, organizational conferences, and I have presented a host of online AAC and AT webinars. In the past I have been financially compensated for webinars with the ALS Association, as they were a part of my daily job, and I have been compensated by AbleNet inc. as an assistive technology speaker.

Relevant Financial Relationships: Yes
Salary from employment with The Stepping Stones Group.  AT Consultant for Technology for Home in Minnesota.  Received fees for webinars from AbleNet Inc.
Relevant Non-Financial Relationships: Yes
Serve as district’s liaisons to the CITES team which is part of the national CITES Framework.  

Barb Kelii, OTR/L


Barb obtained her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science in 1991 from the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. In 1999 she decided to return to school in a location quite the opposite of Florida - the College of St. Scholastica in Duluth, MN where she earned her Master’s of Arts in Occupational Therapy in 2002. In the years since, Barb has enjoyed working in different settings as an OT, including outpatient and private pay pediatrics, geriatrics in assisted living facilities and home care, all ages of education, private contracting and specializing in Assistive Technology. Barb has two journal publications and has presented at National and State Conferences. Currently, Barb is working in the Mounds View Public School District with Preschool and Kindergarten age students.

Relevant Financial Relationship:  Yes
Salary from employment.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: No

Kami Smith, PT, DPT, ATP

PT, DPT, Assistive Technology Professional/Seating and Mobility Specialist


Kami graduated from the Medical University of SC with a Bachelors in PT in 1987. She obtained her ATP through RESNA in 2009. Kami graduated from NOVA Southeastern with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy in 2013. Kami has worked in multiple settings since 1987, but primarily worked for Florence One Schools, in Florence SC for the past 31 years.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Salary from employment.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: No