During this session we will demonstrate & discuss the growing number of writing assessments, curriculum & implementation tools for students with physical & cognitive challenges. We often focus so much on the physical act of writing that we forget teachers need to teach all students the process of how to teach and assess writing. We will highlight portions of currently available curricula through online demonstrations & videos of students in classrooms, both face to face and virtual classrooms. Throughout the session, we will show a variety of AT low tech tools, apps, and software, including switch access to writing products.
Content Disclosure: This session will focus on several products, not just one. There will be products from the following companies, Don Johnston Inc, Attainment Company Inc, and Ablenet Inc. These companies are not paying the presenter to submit or present this information. The presenter is not an employee of these companies.
- Evaluate a student's written work according to a 14 point writing assessment.
- List three ways of using low tech supports for writing.
- List three ways of using high tech supports for writing.
Education and Learning
Assistive Technology for Physical Access and Participation
- AT Specialists
- Communication Specialist
- Curriculum and Instruction
- Family Members
- Occupational Therapists
- Speech-Language Pathologists
- Special Education Educators
Primary Life Cycle Addressed
Elementary - Secondary (K-12)
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
This course is offered for the following CE Provider Credits:
For: 0.10 CEU Units or 1.0 CEU Hours.
Start date of ASHA CEUs offering: January 20, 2021
End date of ASHA CEUs offering: May 31, 2023
This course was offered for 0.10 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Related area).
Kelly Fonner, MS
Fonner Consulting, Consultant
Kelly is a self-employed consultant and trainer in assistive and educational technology. Since 1986, she has presented to schools, universities & families in 48 US states & internationally in Australia, Canada and South Africa. She presents on a wide range of topics including technology integration, augmentative communication, computer access, literacy, electronic writing, organizers, assistive technology assessment and implementation strategies. Kelly has a B.S. in special education from Millersville University, an M.S. in educational technology with a minor in special education/rehabilitation technology from The Johns Hopkins University, and holds an Assistive Technology Applications Certificate of Learning from CA State University - Northridge. She has pursued additional study in adult and urban education at the University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee.
Kelly has been working with individuals with disabilities since the mid 70s and with assistive technologies since 1983. Her teaching experiences have been as a teacher assistant, teacher, instructional media specialist, and assistive technology consultant in early childhood, preschool and school age programs. She worked 8 years as a consultant with PennTech, the statewide technology project supported by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Since 1999, Kelly has maintained an independent business with contract work in educational and assistive technology consultation and training with schools, families, agencies, and companies.
Kelly has taught courses at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in both the Occupational Therapy and Exceptional Education departments and at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. She was a part of the development and training team for the ATACP, CSUN, California State University – Northridge’s Center on Disabilities and a Communication coach for Oregon Health & Science University with the Communication Matrix Community of Practice. You can find her at www.kellyfonner.com
Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
Kelly receives an honorarium from the ATIA Conference as a Strand Advisor.
Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
Kelly works as a contract trainer and consultant to several ATIA Member Organizations, however she is not receiving payment by those companies/organizations to present content at this event. Kelly is on the leadership advisor board to Quality Indicators in AT, and to the Wisconsin AAC Network.