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EDU030301: AT Leadership in Developing Virtual AT Services


This session will highlight the role of AT leaders working with school administrators in the design of virtual and blended AT services during this time of school building closures. Administrators, including building principals, are critical to the provision of AT services that meet the needs of students with disabilities. The session will focus on leadership, management, supervision, and program development/advocacy. The presenters will discuss how important it is to work together to develop definitions and descriptions of virtual service models, directions about the amount and types of student contact expected, and descriptions of how IEPs are to be implemented.

Content Disclosure: There will be minimal mention of the book Leading the Way to Excellence in AT Services which was authored by the speakers. I receive royalties from it. Its purchase is not required to benefit from this session.

Learning Objectives

First Learning Objective: Identify the four critical components of effective leadership in schools.
Second Learning Objective: Describe three important issues to consider when designing virtual AT services.
Third Learning Objective: Define two steps they can take in making positive changes in virtual AT Services in their district/school.

Primary Strand

Education and Learning

Secondary Strand


Target Audience

  • Administrators
  • Alternative Media Specialist
  • Communication Specialist
  • Consultants/Trainers
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Educators
  • Faculty/Instructors - Higher Education
  • Instructional Technologist
  • Occupational Therapists
  • Physical Therapists
  • Speech-Language Pathologists
  • Special Education Educators
  • Teachers of the Visually Impaired
  • Teachers of the Deaf/Hard of Hearing
  • Visual Impairment Specialists

Experience Level


Primary Life Cycle Addressed


Content Area

Related 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 2, 2021

ASHA Continuing Education Approved Provider
This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs. (Intermediate level, Related 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 Assistive Technology in Education and Higher Education Series page for further information on how to submit your CRC CEUs for this course to CRCC.


Penny Reed

Penny Reed Consulting, Consultant


Penny Reed, Ph.D., is a teacher by training and an independent consultant in AT services. She regularly provides training and consultation on a variety of topics related to AT with a special focus on improving delivery of AT services. She is a founding member of the Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology (QIAT) Consortium, the National Assistive Technology in Education (NATE) Network, and the Coalition for Assistive Technology in Oregon (CATO). She serves on the QIAT Leadership Team. Dr. Reed has authored and co-authored numerous articles and manuals including Education Tech Points and Leading the Way to Excellence in AT Services: A Guide for School Administrators with Gayl Bowser.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
As one of 11 authors of the QIAT materials that have been published by CAST, I receive a very small royalties check each quarter.
Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
I serve as President of the board for two non-profit groups, the National Assistive Technology in Education (NATE) Network and the Coalition for Assistive Technology in Oregon (CATO) and its website. I help develop and write the content of both websites.

Gayl Bowser

Assistive Technology Collaborations, Independent Consultant


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 Local 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, A QIAT Companion; Education Tech Points: A Framework for Assistive Technology; and Assistive Technology Pointers for Parents.

Relevant Financial Relationship: Yes
I receive consulting fees from my work as an independent consultant. Current contracts include Minnesota DOE, SET-BC, Oregon Technology Access Program, Wyoming Assistive Technology Network, Maryland Assistive Technology Network, Infinitec. I am co-author of 3 books by CAST Professional Publishing. I receive royalties for all three. Titles are Leading the Way to Excellence in AT Services, Quality Indicators for Assistive Technology Services and A QIAT Companion.

Relevant Non-Financial Relationship: Yes
I serve on the Board of Directors of the Coalition for Assistive Technology in Oregon and of the National Assistive Technology in Education Network. This is an entirely voulnteer position and I receive no financial benefit from either group. I am also a member of the school board for Camas Valley Charter School in Camas Valley, Oregon