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ATP040103: Smells Like Teen Spirit: Using gaming and social media to increase access


Got streaks, likes, or achievements? Your disabled teen should! Individuals with disabilities are significantly less likely to have access to and report less confidence with technology-use than their peers. Access to technology has become a ubiquitous teen experience with 95% having a smartphone, 85% using YouTube, and 97% of boys gaming. This teen leisure can translate into real-life skills that will serve students well beyond the latest online campaign. In this session, you will be exposed to alternative access methods (eye-gaze, voice assistants, switch-access), technologies (AAC devices, tablets), and external supports (visual supports) to increase access and improve skills.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: As a result of this activity, participants will be able to discuss how the key features of 3 access method technologies such as eye-gaze, head-pointing, adaptive-mice meet specific visual, cognitive, and/or physical access needs
Second Learning Objective: Participants will be able to 4 ways to use a voice assistant such as Amazon Alexa and Google Home to engage Augmentative and Alternative Communication (AAC) Users
Third Learning Objective: Participants will be able to describe the 3 steps necessary to create their own simplified iPad switch recipes for launching a drone, accessing YouTube, or environmental controls.

Primary Strand

Assistive Technology for Physical Access and Participation

Secondary Strand

Augmentative and Alternative Communication

Target Audience

  • Accessibility Professional
  • AT Specialists
  • Alternative Media Specialist
  • Caregivers
  • Consumers/Individuals with Disabilities
  • Consultants/Trainers
  • Disability Services
  • Educators
  • Family Members
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Special Education Educators

Experience Level


Primary Life Cycle Addressed

Elementary - Secondary (K-12)

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 3, 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.


Jennifer Stylianos, OTR/L, ATP

Gray Consulting and Therapy, LLC, OTR/ATP


Jennifer is a licensed occupational therapist and assistive technology professional with more than a decade of experience working in the field of assistive technology including augmentative alternative communication, seating positioning and wheeled mobility, and computer access. She is currently employed by Gray Consulting & Therapy, LLC where she specializes in providing assistive technology (AT) services including assessment, consultation, and training. She is also an adjunct faculty member for the University of New Hampshire. Her work focuses on blending access strategies, positioning, and technology with real tasks to create solutions that work now, as well as, build skills for the future.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
salary from employment Gray Consulting and UNH

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: No